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Santa Fe (1951)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1951 (USA)
After their service in the Civil War, four brothers go their separate ways, but later find themselves on opposite sides of a final showdown.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Donald G. Payne (novel) (as James Marshall) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Britt Canfield
Janis Carter ... Judith Chandler
Jerome Courtland ... Terry Canfield
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Tom Canfield (as Peter Thompson)
John Archer ... Clint Canfield
Warner Anderson ... Dave Baxter
Roy Roberts ... Cole Sanders
Billy House ... Luke Plummer
Olin Howland ... Dan Dugan (as Olin Howlin)
Allene Roberts ... Ella Sue Canfield
Jock Mahoney ... Crake (as Jock O'Mahoney)
Harry Cording ... Moose Legrande
Sven Hugo Borg ... 'Swede' Swanstrom
Frank Ferguson ... Marshal Bat Masterson
Irving Pichel ... Harned
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Storyline

After the Civil War four brothers who fought for the South head west. Yanks are building the Santa Fe Railroad and one of the brothers joins them. The other three still hold their hatred of the North and join up with those trying to stop the railroad's completion. The one brother unsuccessfully tries to keep the other brothers out of trouble but eventually has to join the posse that is after them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Adventure rides the rails from Topeka to the sea- as fearless men and women unlock the treasures of the great Southwest! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Choque de odios See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cards that Luke and Dan are playing with were made by the Bicycle Card Company founded in 1885, some 20 years after the time setting for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The film shows the railroad being completed into Santa Fe, NM. The AT&SF railroad never went to Santa Fe (despite the name). Although the main line did not reach Santa Fe, a branch line was constructed to stop there. See more »

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Captain Canfield is a good man in a fight, I ought to know.
15 June 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Santa Fe is directed by Irving Pichel and adapted to screenplay by Kenneth Gamet from the James Marshall novel and a story by Louis Stevens. It stars Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Peter M. Thompson, Jerome Courtland and John Archer. A Technicolor production, it's photographed by Charles Lawton Jr. Story is set following the American Civil war and finds Scott as Britt Canfield, one of four ex-Confederate brothers heading West for a new life. While Britt finds honest employment on the Santa Fe railroad, his brothers veer towards the other side of the law.

A routine Western boosted by some quality set pieces and a well crafted script. Watchable from the off, film follows a true course whilst launching off narratively from the bitterness still felt by those who were on opposite sides of the war. It pitches Scott front and centre as the stoic character fending off all sorts of challenges, challenges that come courtesy of Indians, rival companies and his own kin! The acting around Scott is pretty average, tho the comic relief from Billy House & Olin Howland is most appealing, while it would have been nice to have some more imposing scenery filling out the screen. All told it's a safe recommendation to Western fans, even if ultimately it's not a genre film to revisit often. 6/10


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