In 1864 Cavalry Captain John Hayes reluctantly follows orders to become the civilian boss of the Overland Stage Line, which keeps the flow of Western gold to the Union and will help it win the Civil War. Headquarters for the stage line is a small Colorado town with Southern sympathizers who will do anything they can to sabotage his mission. Resistance to his efforts is led by former friend ad colleague Clay Putnam, who has taken advantage of Hayes' absence and married his former sweetheart.Written by
In "When In Disgrace" Boetticher writes:" As far as my films with Randolph Scott are concerned, I have never included Westbound, which in my opinion could have continued right on into the Pacific Ocean. Westbound was a mission of rescue, nothing more. It wasn't until after the third picture with Randy that I was told he had one more contractual obligation at Warner Brothers, and I considered that a disaster." I consider Westbound a successful rescue mission. If Boetticher could not do much with the story, he did it with the characters. Karen Steele is the hard working woman whose husband Michael Dante comes back from the war without an arm. Randolph Scott, whose mission is to bring gold to the Union using stagecoaches, helps them make a station. Andrew Duggan is a rich man married to Virginia Mayo, who in the past had an affair with Scott. He is a man of the Confederacy, who will do anything he can against Scott's mission. All the actors, specially the two women are excellent, making a strong impression with their characters. The music is absolutely great, very catchy. Boetticher maintains his standard of creating good action scenes. Definitely much more than just another Randolph Scott western.
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