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Roughshod (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 May 1949 (USA)
Wrangler Clay Phillips and his younger brother Steve are taking horses to their ranch near Sonora when they come across four dance hall girls heading the same way with a wrecked buggy. One ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Peter Viertel (story), Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Sterling ... Clay Phillips
Gloria Grahame ... Mary Wells
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Steve Phillips
John Ireland ... Lednov
Jeff Donnell ... Elaine Wyatt
Myrna Dell ... Helen Carter
Martha Hyer ... Marcia
George Cooper ... Jim Clayton
Jeff Corey ... Jed Graham
Sara Haden ... Ma Wyatt
James Bell ... Pa (Ed) Wyatt
Sean McClory ... Fowler (as Shawn McGlory)
Robert B. Williams ... McCall
Steve Savage Steve Savage ... Peters
Ed Cassidy ... Sheriff Gardner (as Edward Cassidy)
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Storyline

Wrangler Clay Phillips and his younger brother Steve are taking horses to their ranch near Sonora when they come across four dance hall girls heading the same way with a wrecked buggy. One of the girls is taken away by a boyfriend who came after her. Clay takes the girls on to the nearest ranch, where it turns out one of the girls is the homesteaders' wayward daughter. As Clay already has an escaped killer and his two fellow convicts after him he is reluctant to have to take the remaining two girls on with him but they are set on getting to Sonora. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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CONFLICT STRANGE AND SAVAGE IN THE HIGH SIERRAS (original 11x14 Lobby Card - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Kampf um den Sonora-Pass See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film bombed at the box office, losing RKO $550,000 ($7.8M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Clay Phillips: Where are you going?
Mary Wells: To the other side of the street.
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Opportunities Beckon
13 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Roughshod is a B western from RKO Studios where Robert Sterling and his younger brother Claude Jarman are driving a herd of horses to their new ranch. The brothers have been separated for years, but with their parents dying, they're reconnecting in this new venture. On the way they stop to help a group of four saloon girls also moving west for bigger and better opportunities. The girls are Gloria Grahame, Jeff Donnell, Martha Hyer and Myrna Dell. They all went on to have film careers of varying degrees of success and RKO was using this western as an opportunity to exhibit some of the flesh.

Sterling also has John Ireland on his trail, an outlaw he wounded and put in jail for several years. He'd probably wait and shoot it out with him like Gary Cooper in High Noon, but with all these responsibilities, the best course is to keep moving.

Although it's never said, it is sure implied here more than in most westerns done under the Code that the four girls are working girls. And the opportunities they seek are places where men are scarce and they can make money or even marry one.

Naturally this makes the film perfect for Gloria Grahame who when you needed a woman of loose morals in the coming decade, she always got first call. She's who makes Roughshod any kind of memorable and without the women, Roughshod could have passed for a Gene Autry or a Roy Rogers product.

Gloria however has a great deal more character to her than originally supposed. You'll see that if you watch Roughshod and believe me, she's the reason to check this film out.


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