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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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MNE OF IRON...WOMEN OF FIRE...AND A RIBBON OF STEEL TO THE SEA! See more »

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Western

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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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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 »

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The story is set post-civil war, but all the major characters carry Colt Peacemakers with 4 3/4 inch barrels. This model was developed for the US Army in 1873. Civilian sales started in 1875, and the 4-3/4 barrel length wasn't available until 1877. See more »

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Pretty good...
19 March 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The time period for this film is actually pretty common for a Randolph Scott western--and about the fourth or fifth one set just after the Civil War. Like most of the films, Randolph fought for the South and now that the war is over, he has a choice to either accept the outcome or be a whiny jerk about it. Well, he's a smart guy and soon gets a job working for the Santa Fe railroad, but his three brothers who served with him aren't so bright--they hate the North so much that they do what they can to wreck things--even though there is no reasonable reason for this. So, much of the film pits Scott against his own kin (and vice-versa) as he tries hard to get the railroad completed and they work to undo it as much as possible--working for a traveling saloon whose task, it seems, is to both make money off the workers AND get them distracted from their job.

In addition to his brothers, Scott deals with a wide variety of things that might impede the progress of the railroad--rival companies, local Indian tribes and the like. This makes Scott's job in the film as a sort of trouble-shooter. How true all these problems were in the construction of the rails is beyond me and I assume that the writers took a few liberties...just a few! Overall, the film is pretty good. While it isn't among Scott's best films (they were made later in the decade and the early 60s), this is a good film from this time period.


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