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Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)

Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Robert Blees (screenplay), Howard Estabrook (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sierra Nevada Jones
Ronald Reagan ... Farrell
Gene Evans ... Tom McCord
Lance Fuller ... Colorados
Anthony Caruso ... Natchakoa
Jack Elam ... Yost
Yvette Duguay ... Starfire (as Yvette Dugay)
Morris Ankrum ... J.I. 'Pop' Jones
Chubby Johnson ... Nat Collins
Myron Healey ... Hank
Rodd Redwing ... Powhani (as Rod Redwing)
Paul Birch ... Col. Carrington
Byron Foulger ... Land Office Clerk
Burt Mustin ... Dan
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Storyline

The Jones family, about to prove claim to prime Montana land, is raided by renegade Indians in league with villainous neighbor McCord, who gets most of the stolen cattle. Two survivors are helped by college-educated chief's son Colorados. Now Sierra Nevada Jones must fight for her land against legal technicalities and assorted villains. Can she gain the help of McCord's hired gun, Farrell? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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dangerous friend...deadly foe (original poster See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reine de la prairie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the four westerns which Barbara Stanwyk was involved in and where she played a strong woman leading men, dressed like a man. The other three are Maverick Queen, The Furies and Forty Guns. See more »

Quotes

Red Lance: My son, the time is not far when you must wear this buffalo helmet which is now mine. Your worries will be great, your problems will be many, but the greatest is not how to deal with the whites... but how to keep your own tribe together.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Montana
Lyrics by Bob Nolan
Music by Louis Forbes
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Beautifully Photographed Technicolor Western!
9 June 2004 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Cattle Queen of Montana" was one of those "tough old broad" westerns that Barbara Stanwyck made during the 1950s.

In this one Sierra Nevada Jones (Stanwyck), her father Pop Jones (Morris Ankrum) and their foreman Nat Collins (Chubby Johnson) have driven a herd of some 1,100 cattle up from Texas to settle in Montana. On their arrival, the herd is stampeded, Pop is killed and old Nat seriously wounded. The raid is led by renegade Blackfoot Natchakoa (Anthony Carouso) who is in league with local rancher McCloud (Gene Evans) to drive off any new ranchers arriving in the area.

Into the picture comes gunfighter Farrell (Ronald Reagan) who signs on with McCloud. In the meantime "good" Blackfoot, Colorados (Lance Fuller) rescues Sierra and Nat and takes them to his village to recover. Gradually Sierra and Colorados become allies much to the chagrin of Colorado's girlfriend Starfire (Yvette Duguay) and Natchakoa.

It turns out that Farrell is an army officer working under cover to discover who has been selling guns to the renegade Blackfeet. Well you knew that the clean cut Reagan would turn out to be a good guy didn't you? Anyway, Farrell aligns himself with Sierra and Colorados against the baddies and well, you know the rest.

Director Alan Dwan gives us a beautifully photographed outdoor western. The VCI DVD has been digitally remastered to its original technicolor brilliance and this alone makes this a must see.

Reagan is not very convincing as a ruthless gunfighter. He just doesn't come across as being mean enough. Stanwyck would play a number of similar roles in other westerns culminating with her long run on TV's "The Big Valley". She's supposed to be a "cattle queen" here but doesn't have any cattle to speak of through most of the picture. Lance Fuller looks about as much like an Blackfoot Indian as I do.

Also in the cast are Jack Elam and Myron Healey (who has a good scene with Stanwyck) as McCloud's henchmen, Hugh Sanders as Col. Carrington and a toothless Glenn Strange as the old Blackfoot Chief.

Oddly enough most of the featured players (and Reagan) in this film would turn up in "Tennessee's Partner" the following year.


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