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Rawhide (1951)

Rawhide (1951)





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Rawhide is a westernized remake of the 1936 crime melodrama Show Them No Mercy. Tyrone Power stars as Tom Owens, the assistant manager of a remote stagecoach way station. A coach arrives, bearing Vinnie Holt (Susan Hayward), who carries her baby niece in her arms. Having learned that an outlaw gang is in the vicinity, Owens advises Vinnie to hold up at the station until the next day. Shortly thereafter, the gang arrives and kills stationmaster Sam Todd (Edgar Buchanan). Outlaw leader Zimmerman (Hugh Marlowe), assuming that Owens and Vinnie are the baby's parents, decides not to kill them as well but to hold them prisoner while he and his men await the arrival of a gold shipment. Tension mounts as the relatively civilized Zimmerman argues with his psychotic henchman Tevis (Jack Elam) over the fate of the "married couple." Meanwhile, Owens tries to think up an escape plan for himself, Vinnie and the child. The film closes with a nail-biting shootout, with the baby in the thick of the fray. So as to avoid confusion with the TV series of the same name, Rawhide was retitled Desperate Siege for its first television showing in 1962.
Drama , Western , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Tyrone Power
as Tom Owens
Susan Hayward
as Vinnie Holt
Hugh Marlowe
as Zimmerman/Deputy Sheriff Ben Miles
Dean Jagger
as Yancy
Edgar Buchanan
as Sam Todd
Jack Elam
as Tevis
Jeff Corey
as Luke Davis
James Millican
as Tex Squires
William Haade
as Gil Scott
Milton Corey Sr.
as Dr. Tucker
Kenneth Tobey
as Wingate
Dan White
as Gilchrist
Robert Adler
as Billy Dent
Judy Ann Dunn
as Callie
Howard Negley
as Chickenring
Vincent Neptune
as Mr. Hickman
Edith Evanson
as Mrs. Hickman
Walter Sande
as Flowers
Dick Curtis
as Hawley
Si Jenks
as Old Timer
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Critic Reviews for Rawhide

All Critics (3)

A vastly underrated Western.

Full Review… | August 7, 2016
Creative Loafing


Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tenso e bem resolvido, Correio do Inferno conta com dois ótimos vilões: o inteligente pistoleiro vivido por Marlowe e o cruel matador interpretado de forma ameaçadora por Elam.

September 17, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Rawhide


131219: A creepy Jack Elam was highlight of this film. Without him, I think I would've found this hour and a half a bit long. The story all takes place in one location but it moves along steadily enough that you don't lose interest. There was something about Haywards dress, or hair style, that just didn't sit right with me. I could see a very good modern version of this film being done.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

They called it the jackass mail. A stage coach stop worker and his boss are randomly visited by a young woman with a baby definitely on the run from something. Shortly after they arrive, a group of outlaws arrive and hold up the stop. To make a point, the robbers kill the boss. The desperate young lady poses as the worker's wife in hopes of survival. Can the woman and worker survive or will the robbers take them out as they execute their plan to rob the next stage coach? "What are you afraid of, coyotes?" "Yeah, the kind with boots on." Henry Hathaway, director of True Grit, Shoot Out, Seven Thieves, Niagara, Garden of Evil, The Black Rose, Kiss of Death, Brigham Young, and Sunset Pass, delivers Rawhide. The storyline for this picture is above average but not outstanding. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Tyrone Power, Jack Elam, Susan Heyward, Hugh Marlowe, and Dean Jagger. "You can't argue with a gun." I DVR most Tyrone Power films and was excited to see this since I haven't seen many Power westerns. This was definitely above average due to its interesting plot and solid acting; however, this isn't an instant classic or on par with the Clint Eastwood gems. I do recommend seeing this once but wouldn't add it to my DVD collection. "I ain't cured of women yet." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

It is definitely worth it for Susan Hayward's strong willed character portrayal (which they say is not too far from her real personality). Four escaped prisoners take hostage a mail wagon relay stop called Rawhide in the desolate desert. When they are notified that the escaped convicts are somewhere in the area after the stagecoach takes its scheduled rest stop at Rawhide, they tell Ms. Holt she cannot continue the ride with her child per the policy of the stagecoach company. We find out that the 1-2 year old child is her niece. She is left at the station to take the next stagecoach the following day when the trip should be safer. Soon after her arrival the rest stop station is taken hostage by the four escaped convicts who plan on taking the gold shipment from the stagecoach that will travel the following day. The leader of the convicts, Zimmerman, thinks that Holt and Owens, one of the rest stop station managers, are married and keeps them together. Zimmerman needs to keep Owens alive and happy so that he can receive the stagecoaches without setting off any alarms. From then on Holt and Owens try to figure out how they can survive their ordeal. As the lead criminal, Zimmerman has two other convicts that follow his orders, but one, played by Jack Elam, has his own methods. Jack Elam plays one of the most psychotic and unstable criminal characters placed on the screen. On the positive side, Hayward plays one of the strongest female characters on the screen that you do not want to mess with (when the original actor that played Elam's part was too rough on Hayward, he was gone the next day). The whole production creates some good suspense. It also presented an unnerving scene where the life of the toddler is in danger; I wonder how it compares to other productions of the time since I have not seen anything similar to it. On the negative side, the dialogue, other than Hayward's lines, is uninspired and the story is straightforward with a few unfortunate cliches where the actions of the bad guy are extended unrealistically for the sake of the heroes. It is definitely worth it for the solid performances that Susan Hayward and Jack Elam along with Tyrone Powers turned in. The film was meant for popular entertainment, but the actors turned in fun performances with what they had. This is a classic example of what a "moneymaker" film looked like in 1951. A fun film with one of the strongest female performances on screen.

gerardo rodriguez
gerardo rodriguez

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