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The Maverick Queen (1956)

Approved | | Western | 4 April 1956 (USA)
A Pinkerton detective goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of thieves whose boss is a feisty lady saloonkeeper. Complications ensue.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), DeVallon Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Kit Banion
Barry Sullivan ... Jeff Younger
Scott Brady ... Sundance
Mary Murphy ... Lucy Lee
Wallace Ford ... Jamie
Howard Petrie ... Butch Cassidy
Jim Davis ... The Stranger
Emile Meyer ... Leo Malone
Walter Sande ... Sheriff Wilson
George Keymas ... Muncie
John Doucette ... Loudmouth
Taylor Holmes ... Pete Callaher
Pierre Watkin ... McMillan
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Kit Banion, a Virginia-born beauty and product of post-Civil War chaos, has settled in Wyoming and prospered; acquiring a fortune and a hotel, which, like the owner bears the name of "The Maverick Queen."---a title picked up by Kit in her earlier days in Wyoming when she took every unbranded steer and put her own brand on it. Love and trouble enter her life in the person of a Pinkerton detective posing as Jeff Younger, nephew of the infamous Younger brothers. He is dedicated to catching Butch Cassidy and the members of The Wild Bunch. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hear Joni James sing.

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi amante es un bandido See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First picture in Naturama, Republic's widescreen process. See more »

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Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Maverick Queen
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Joni James
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Zane Grey's Steamy Sex Novel
1 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In The Maverick Queen you will find the characters of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid in support of Barbara Stanwyck. But Howard Petrie and Scott Brady aren't anything like Paul Newman and Robert Redford. You won't hear Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. And Brady as Sundance is a sexual predator as well.

The Maverick Queen was made in the last days of Republic Pictures which was the home of the B movie cowboy. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and a bunch of others toiled there for a while. The last of them, Rex Allen, had just finished doing his series. The films that these guys did were now being made for television. Something like The Maverick Queen would never have been made at Republic ten years ago.

This movie is about sex, it concentrates on Barbara Stanwyck who operates against her own interest because of her attraction for Barry Sullivan. She's tired of the Sundance Kid as a lover, in fact she urges him to take a bath before putting the moves on her again when we first meet her.

As for Brady when it becomes obvious about her attraction to Sullivan, he tries to kill Stanwyck and later attempts to rape Mary Murphy. Rape was not something found in Republic westerns. The film is directed by Joseph Kane who directed a ton of films there with Autry, Rogers, and the rest of the cowboy stars.

The Maverick Queen boasts some nice location photography and was the first of Republic's films to be filmed for the wide screen. It's based on a Zane Grey novel and I never would have dreamed that Grey would have written anything like that. Joni James also sings the title song over the credits and I liked her rendition of it.

Unfortunately The Maverick Queen should have been done when the Code was finally done away with, a lot of plot holes might not have occurred. It also should have been in the hands of director not from the grind 'em out school of B westerns. It might have been a whole lot better.


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