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Run for Cover (Colorado) (1955)

Run for Cover (Colorado) (1955)

Run for Cover (Colorado)





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In his first western since 1939's The Oklahoma Kid, James Cagney is a pillar of integrity in the Pine-Thomas production Run for Cover. Cagney plays Matt Dow, who at the beginning of the film has been released from prison after serving six years for a crime he didn't commit. Heading westward, Matt befriends young Davey Bishop (John Derek), whom he begins to regard as the son (or brother) he never had. When Davey is injured during a train holdup, Matt brings him to the farm of Mr. Swenson (Jean Hersholt) to convalesce. Here Matt falls in love with Swenson's daughter Helga (Viveca Lindfors). When word of Matt's prowess with a gun reaches the local townsfolk, he is offered the job of sheriff. Matt accepts, but on one condition: that the crippled Davey be appointed deputy. Matt's faith in Davey proves to be misplaced when the embittered boy throws in with the dreaded Gentry gang, but an 11th hour regeneration caps this "psychological western." The curiously Freudian relationship between Matt and Davey was par for the course for Nicholas Ray, who directed Run for Cover betwixt and between his more famous endeavors Johnny Guitar and Rebel without a Cause.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Winston Miller, William C. Thomas
On DVD: May 29, 2012
Paramount Pictures


James Cagney
as Matt Dow
John Derek
as Davey Bishop
Jean Hersholt
as Mr. Swenson
Viveca Lindfors
as Helga Swenson
Ray Teal
as Sheriff
John Miljan
as Mayor Walsh
Gus Schilling
as Doc Ridgeway
Emerson Treacy
as Bank Manager
Henry Wills
as Townsman
Phil Chambers
as Morgan's Partner in ...
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It's not as obviously masterful as some of Ray's other films, it's at the very least an entertaining horse opera with Cagney close to his best.

Full Review… | June 25, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Ray endows it with his usual themes of generational conflict and societal injustice, and does a powerful job getting these themes across.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
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For a film with James Cagney as star and Nicholas Ray as director it seems odd that this film is so little known, at least until you watch it. While the film certainly isn't bad in any way it isn't extraordinary either just a run of the mill western with a good cast. At the time it was probably swept aside by the other releases of the principles that year, Rebel Without a Cause for Ray and Love Me or Leave Me for Cagney both superior films to this. Still for western fans a pleasurable view.

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