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Westbound (1959)

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A fast-paced western with a romantic twist, this was one of the last films pairing director Budd Boetticher and popular cowboy hero Randolph Scott before Scott's retirement. John Hayes (Scott) left the Civil War behind him when he took on the job of managing the Overland Stage Lines out of a small Colorado town. Clay Putnam has not forgotten that the Confederacy lost and he plans on robbing Hayes' Overland Stage of one of its gold shipments from California to the North. He wants the gold to stay in the South to revive the Confederate cause. Meanwhile, his wife Norma (Virginia Mayo) complicates matters since she was Hayes' old flame, and Putnam's cronies want the gold for themselves.

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Cast

Randolph Scott
as Capt. John Hayes
Virginia Mayo
as Norma Putnum
Karen Steele
as Jeanie Miller
Andrew Duggan
as Clay Putnam
Michael Dante
as Rod Miller
Mack Williams
as Col. Vance
Ed Prentiss
as James Fuller
Creighton Hale
as Passenger
Gertrude Keeler
as Passenger
Buddy Roosevelt
as Stock Tender
Charles Morton
as Stock Tender
Rory Mallinson
as Hotel Clerk
Rudi Dana
as (uncredited)
Tom Monroe
as Ed - Putnam Ranch Hand
Kermit Maynard
as (uncredited)
May Boss
as (uncredited)
William A. Green
as (uncredited)
Felice Richmond
as (uncredited)
Jack Williams
as (uncredited)
Gerald Roberts
as (uncredited)
John Bear Hudkins
as Gang Member Slugged By Russ
Don Happy
as (uncredited)
Bobby Heron
as (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe
as (uncredited)
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All Critics (3)

Westbound feels slightly different from the other entries, probably due to the absence of producer Harry Joe Brown and screenwriter Burt Kennedy, but it still has some extraordinary passages.

January 28, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

Underrated Western with sly commentary.

August 10, 2011 | Full Review…
Classic Film and Television

The programmer is saddled with a slight story, but Boetticher magically raises the film above average.

April 20, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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