Colorado Territory (1949)





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Though not acknowledged by contemporary reviewers, Colorado Territory is a westernized remake of the 1941 crime drama High Sierra. Raoul Walsh, director of the earlier film, returns to helm the remake, doing a grand job on both occasions. Joel McCrea stars in the Humphrey Bogart role, playing a veteran outlaw who hopes to pull off one last, spectacular heist. Virginia Mayo portrays the Ida Lupino counterpart, a "bad" dance-hall girl who proves to be the only person who genuinely cares about McCrea's well-being. As in the earlier film, the climax finds McCrea making a futile bid for escape in the mountains, with tragic consequences. High Sierra was good for at least one more remake, the 1955 Jack Palance-Shelley Winters starrer I Died a Thousand Times.
Drama , Western
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Joel McCrea
as Wes McQueen
Virginia Mayo
as Colorado Carson
John Archer
as Reno Blake
Dorothy Malone
as Julie Ann Winslow
Henry Hull
as Fred Winslow
James Mitchell
as Duke Harris
Morris Ankrum
as US Marshal
Basil Ruysdael
as Dave Rickard
Frank Puglia
as Brother Thomas
Ian Wolfe
as Homer Wallace
Harry Woods
as Pluthner
Victor Kilian
as Sheriff
Oliver Blake
as Station agent
Hallene Hill
as Aunt Georgina
Maudie Prickett
as Mrs. Mrs. Wallace
Jack Montgomery
as deputy marshal
Art Ortego
as deputy marshal
Glenn Thompson
as train guard
Charles Horvath
as train guard
Carl Harbaugh
as brakeman
Fred Kelsey
as engineer
Ben Corbett
as posse member
Bert Dillard
as posse member
Steve Stephens
as posse member
Merlyn Nelson
as posse member
Frosty Royce
as posse member
Paul Kruger
as deputy
George Bell
as deputy
Robert Filmer
as deputy
Monte Blue
as U.S. marshal
Carl Andre
as stage driver
Harry Strang
as stage guard
Gray Eyes
as old Indian
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Critic Reviews for Colorado Territory

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Throws mud all over Horace Greeley's credo that the West is a place of opportunity.

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Terrific Western shows Walsh's gift for storytelling and mountain landscape.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Colorado Territory

1309: This film is packed with people conspiring against each other. No one can be trusted. A wild west Bonnie and Clyde. If you're a western fan this old black and white will likely quench your thirst. There is a hanging scene near the end of the movie that must've been a bit controversial in it's day. Caught me off guard and seemed harsh even today. The Indian speak will likely make you laugh. Ouch.

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