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Excellent western. Flynn is fatalistic, not his normal breezy self. Very good drama. Very under rated
Director William Keighley keeps the pace up in this Errol Flynn Western based on fact.
The politics of the film are pretty screwy in it's celebration of the Confederacy bravely killing indians. Errol Flynn plays a rebel leader who takes a troop out west in a last ditch effort to turn the tide in the waning days of the civil war. SPOILER ALERT! The rebs bravely die killing a bunch of native people, to which the union cavalry arriving later raise the rebel flag on a hill in honor of the brave defenders of slavery. Still, Flynn is quite good and more rugged than usual and a good supporting cast that includes Patrice Wymore and Slim Pickens,
A standard run of the mill Western.
131214: A good story and interesting characters equals a decent movie. A classy black and white.
Decent Western with Errol Flynn. Great ending.
Generic but it has more visual style than most films likes this, especially with some formalist compositions toward the end. Extra points for an early role by Slim Pickens.
Errol Flynn was outstanding in this film. An underrated actor, if given the right material, Flynn gave very affecting performances.
Rocky Mountain (1950) -- [7.0] -- In one of his better westerns, Errol Flynn leads a ragtag team of Confederate soldiers west to do Robert E. Lee's bidding. Along the way, he rescues a damsel in distress from marauding Indians, only to learn she's betrothed to a Union officer whose troops are on the lookout for her. Think "Lifeboat" on a mountainside. I enjoyed the relationships between the Union and Confederate characters -- it wasn't as black and white (or blue and grey?) as you'd imagine. I was also surprised by the emotional climax. Supporting cast includes Slim Pickens in his feature film debut.
"Rocky Mountain" was Errol Flynn's last western at Warner Brothers. This stalwart little 83-minute oater occurs against the backdrop of the American Civil War with Captain Lafe Barstow (Errol Flynn of "Virgina City") and a squad of Confederate soldiers riding into California to rendezvous with Southern sympathizers. While they are waiting for the man they were told would show up, they spot a stagecoach underattack. Our heroes rescue Johanna Carterr (Patrice Wymore), but they discover to their chagrin that she is engaged to a Union officer at a nearby encampment. Our heroes are not able to complete their mission so they stick around on Rocky Mountain and later decide to help wipe out the Indians. The western convention that the U.S. Cavalry always rides to the rescue at the last moment doesn't happen here. The Southerners die fighting the Indians and the grateful Union officer holds a memorial for them. "G-Men" director William Keighley concluded his career with this feisty little western and "Rocky Mountain" is a good western, unlike the previous Flynn vehicle "Montana." Errol looks pretty tough in the opening scenes with a beard, but he shaves it off later so that he appears as he usually did with a mustache. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams co-stars with Flynn as he did in both "Dodge City" and "Virginia City," and Slim Pickins made his cinematic debut as a Confederate scout. Sadly, "Rocky Mountain" was lensed in black & white, but the rugged mountain scenery is simply spectacular. Flynn doesn't romance the girl in this horse opera, but in real life he married Patrice Wymore and she was his third and final wife.