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Hovering somewhere between an "A" and "B" production, RKO's Roughshod is an expert blend of western and film noir. Robert Sterling and Claude Jarman Jr. star as young cattleman Clay Phillips and his kid brother Steve. Stalked across the Sonora Pass by an ex-con who has vowed to kill Clay, the brothers find themselves the reluctant escorts for a quartet of stranded dance-hall girls. While the puritanical Clay adopts a strict "hands off" policy, he finds himself falling in love with one of the girls (Gloria Grahame -- the other ladies are played by Martha Hyer, Myrna Dell and Jeff Donnell). The climax is a nail-biting wilderness showdown between the heroes and villain Lednov (John Ireland). On the strength of Roughshod, director Mark Robson was elevated to more prestigious film assignments.


Robert Sterling
as Clay Phillips
Gloria Grahame
as Mary Wells
Claude Jarman Jr.
as Steve Phillips
George Cooper
as Jim Clayton
Jeff Corey
as Jed Graham
Sara Haden
as Ma Wyatt
James Bell
as Pa Wyatt
Paul E. Burns
as Mr. Hayes, Storekeeper
Stanley Andrews
as Blacksmith
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  • Sep 22, 2015
    Solid if not necessarily original western has the added bonus of a platinum blonde Gloria Grahame being sassy as only she could be.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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