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as Tom Owens
as Vinnie Holt
as Zimmerman/Deputy Sheriff Ben Miles
as Sam Todd
as Luke Davis
as Tex Squires
as Gil Scott
as Dr. Tucker
as Billy Dent
as Mr. Hickman
as Mrs. Hickman
as Old Timer
Critic Reviews for Rawhide
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.
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.
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-
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.
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