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½ January 31, 2015
Lesser Errol Flynn vehicle has him in a western about cattle ranchers vs. sheep ranchers. Flynn is a secret sheep rancher wooing cattle rancher Alexis Smith. Not awful, but pretty forgettable. Raoul Walsh apparently did uncredited directorial duties on this film, though you wouldn't know it from watching the finished product.
½ December 22, 2014
Standard stock western of its time.
August 18, 2014
140818: The "Imperial Canadian Cattle Company", the first cattleman (Forysthe) to consider accepting sheep herders. Good to see a white hat "Canadian" reference in a very old western. Lane & Singleton's budding love affair is a mystery to behold, and the whole focus of the movie. Smith's "give me your gun" Singleton comes across as an irrational, hormonally driven character, with traits that just wouldn't be embraced by modern audiences but which make for a quaint old school western. Plenty of footage of actors riding saw horses in front of video screens of stampeding cattle; and one hilarious death (I believe it was "Rod") by hooves scene. An ok, if not decent, film but a bit silly and dated by modern standards.
June 16, 2014
MONTANA manages to take an interesting subject--a bitter range war between sheepherders and cattle ranchers--and make it painfully dull.
½ January 2, 2014
ok minor errol flynn western B movie fare
September 22, 2013
Predicitable and the plot is rather flat
August 28, 2013
The sheep are coming. The sheep are coming.

Morgan Lane is an Australian man who moves to Montana because he has heard that the opportunity to raise sheep, purchase a ranch, and settle down with a beautiful woman is very common there; however, shortly after arriving he finds himself in the middle of a "sheep war" with a local woman who doesn't want sheep in her town any more. Can Morgan change the woman's mind or will he be killed over sheep?

"This fight is going to be tougher than the last one."

Ray Enright, director of Dames, The Spoilers, Gung Ho, China Sky, Man Alive, Return of the Bad Man, Sin Town, Men of Texas, and The Wagons Roll at Night, delivers Montana. The storyline for this picture is interesting and kind of funny. The characters are well written but the script is fairly mediocre. The acting is above average and the cast includes Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Borden Chase, James Brown, Douglas Kennedy, and S. Z. Sakall.

"I could always teach you how to play guitar, amongst other things."

Montana is a film I DVR'd off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because it starred the great Errol Flynn. The movie is just okay but definitely is a unique western that combines charm, good humor, and a unique plot. Overall, this film isn't great but is definitely worth one viewing if you enjoy westerns or Mr. Flynn.

"I think sheep are important in the world."

Grade: C+
½ July 26, 2012
27.07.2012: A mix of a serious and lighthearted Western. It seems almost like thia film had two directors. either that or there was major studio interference. This film is a dime a dozen in western terms, but i liked it.
December 14, 2011
Very minor but I enjoyed the technicolor and the goofiness of having Flynn as a sheepherder.
June 6, 2011
Montana (1950) -- Errol Flynn clings to the last few years of his good looks in "Montana," before his opium and alcohol addictions sent him to an early grave at the age of 50. "Montana" seems unintentionally silly to me -- it's all about cattle herders vs sheep herders, a "West Side Story" for the northern plains. Alexis Smith plays Flynn's love interest (making you miss Olivia de Havilland) who learns all too late that the man of her dreams is a low-down dirty sheepherder. She turns evil the last half of the movie, even fires a shot into Flynn's shoulder during a climactic showdown. Unfortunately, the last minute of the movie undoes the tension -- Smith runs to Flynn's side, apologizes, and they live happily ever after. Weak.
March 6, 2010
This lackluster Errol Flynn oater qualifies as one of his minor efforts. Clocking in at 73 minutes, "Montana" doesn't waste its time getting down to basics, but the narrative has its lapses. Basically,Australian sheep rancher Morgan Lane (Errol Flynn of "The Sea Hawk") is pushing his flock of sheep into cattle country and the cowboys refuse to tolerate these sheep-nanigans. No sooner has our hero and his flock entered cattle country than the cowboys descend on them after dark with guns blazing death. An unarmed young Mexican shepherd becomes the first casualty with a bullet in the back. The following day Lane and company encounter Papa Otto Schultz (S.Z. Sakall of "Casablanca") who drives his peddler's wagon into their camp. Lane and Papa Otto becomes partners almost instantly and the two ride into Fort Humbolt to peddle his wares. Initially, Lane receives a chilly reception in the Little Big Horn Saloon where Slim Reeves (Ian MacDonald of "High Noon") goads him into a showdown when the latter labels him a sheepman. Tecumseh (Paul Burns of "Son of Paleface") butts into the confrontation and offers his six-gun since our hero doesn't carry hardware. Tecumseh warns Lane that the trigger is tied back and he will have to fan the weapon. They count down to three to draw, but the bushwhacking cowpoke pulls on two and Lane blows the six-gun out of his adversary's fist. The ruffian apologizes to Lane because no sheepman could wield a shooting iron with such dexterity. Predictably, it doesn't take our hero long to meet, greet, and act sweet toward cattle queen Maria Singleton (Alexis Smith of "San Antonio") and Lane has her eating out of his hand until she learns that he is a sheepman. The cattlemen cannot shed their sense of prejudice toward the mutton-headed Lane. Lane argues that sheep and cattle can get along together. Gunslinging cattleman Rod Ackroyd (Douglas Kennedy of "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold") leads the charge against Lane and his sheep and bites the dust. The showdown in front street at the end of the action looks like a mild imitation of "Red River" with our colorful heroine shooting the man that she loves. Flynn was looking a mite long in the tooth when he made this oater and the alcohol had robbed him of his spontaneity but not his charm. He looks a little more heavyset than usual. Smith doesn't looks like she has changed since their last collaboration on "San Antonio" except that her outfits aren't as flamboyant. Mind you, she is a bit more hard-hearted and tough as a cattle queen who lost her folks in the war against the sheep herders. At least the Technicolor makes this modest western look good. Strangely, the peddler that Sakall plays vanishes inexplicably from the action. "Montana" doesn‚??t rank in the same league with Flynn's more prestigious westerns like "Dodge City," "Virginia City," and "They Died With Their Boots On." In fact, "Montana" rates as one of his least appealing westerns. At least the Technicolor makes this modest western look good. Strangely, the peddler that Sakall plays vanishes inexplicably from the action. If you want to see a genuinely entertaining cattle versus sheep western, watch director George Marshall‚??s comedy western ‚??The Sheepman‚?? (1958) with Glenn Ford.
November 14, 2009
Pretty much a routine western, plusses are the cast, especially Errol Flynn and S.Z. Sakall. The color cinematography is a big plus as well. Average story, but quite watchable.
November 14, 2009
Pretty much a routine western, plusses are the cast, especially Errol Flynn and S.Z. Sakall. The color cinematography is a big plus as well. Average story, but quite watchable.
½ October 6, 2009
Was this western a tad hackneyed? Sure, but it was redeemable in the fact that Flynn gave a wonderful performance.
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July 1, 2009
Minor Flynn western, he looks and acts tired and why is the divine Alexis Smith made up to look like a pumpkin? Watch Dodge City instead.
June 18, 2009
Pretty decent Western. Extra star or so for Flynn, getting old but still great. DVD includes some interesting short Westerns from the WB archives.
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