Colorado Territory

Overview

Though not acknowledged by contemporary reviewers, Colorado Territory is a westernized remake of the 1941 crime drama High Sierra. Raoul Walsh, director of the earlier film, returns to helm the remake, doing a grand job on both occasions. Joel McCrea stars in the Humphrey Bogart role, playing a veteran outlaw who hopes to pull off one last, spectacular heist. Virginia Mayo portrays the Ida Lupino counterpart, a "bad" dance-hall girl who proves to be the only person who genuinely cares about McCrea's well-being. ...
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Overview

Though not acknowledged by contemporary reviewers, Colorado Territory is a westernized remake of the 1941 crime drama High Sierra. Raoul Walsh, director of the earlier film, returns to helm the remake, doing a grand job on both occasions. Joel McCrea stars in the Humphrey Bogart role, playing a veteran outlaw who hopes to pull off one last, spectacular heist. Virginia Mayo portrays the Ida Lupino counterpart, a "bad" dance-hall girl who proves to be the only person who genuinely cares about McCrea's well-being. As in the earlier film, the climax finds McCrea making a futile bid for escape in the mountains, with tragic consequences. High Sierra was good for at least one more remake, the 1955 Jack Palance-Shelley Winters starrer I Died a Thousand Times.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Western movies certainly got very adult in the immediate post-World War II era and it should come as no surprise that a great many of them, including Colorado Territory, were remakes of earlier gangster films. In fact, in more recent years, the crime thriller has borrowed heavily from the old Westerns as well, the two most American of genres constantly cannibalizing each other. Colorado Territory, which was banned in West Germany as "an example of gangster films which glorify antisocial elements," is a top-notch example of the crossover Western, but for one single, if minor, flaw: the casting of blond Virginia Mayo as the hard-bitten heroine. Not that Mayo doesn't make her tough-as-nails "half-breed" interesting, but her makeup is singularly hard to accept. The result of a union between a Pueblo mother and Yankee father, Mayo's Colorado Carson is positively dipped in heavy brown pancake makeup of the kind the old-timers used to call "bole-Armenia." The effect is ludicrous beyond belief and slightly ruins what is otherwise a stirring, well-directed, and photographed effort with a slam-bang finish fully rivaling that of its predecessor, High Sierra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • UPC: 883316118986
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,733

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Wes McQueen
Virginia Mayo Colorado Carson
Dorothy Malone Julie Ann
Henry Hull Winslow
John Archer Reno Blake
Morris Ankrum United States Marshal
Basil Ruysdael Dave Rickard
Frank Puglia Brother Thomas
Ian Wolfe Wallace
Harry Woods Pluthner
Houseley Stevenson Sr. Prospector
Oliver Blake Station agent
Carl Andre stage driver
George Bell deputy
Monte Blue U.S. marshal
Ben Corbett posse member
Jack Daley fireman
Bert Dillard posse member
Gray Eyes old Indian
Robert Filmer deputy
Carl Harbaugh brakeman
Hallene Hill Aunt Georgina
Charles Horvath train guard
Fred Kelsey engineer
Victor Kilian Sheriff
Paul Kruger deputy
James Mitchum Child, Duke Harris
Jack Montgomery deputy marshal
Merlyn Nelson posse member
Art Ortego deputy marshal
Maudie Prickett Mrs. Mrs. Wallace
Frosty Royce posse member
Steve Stephens posse member
Harry Strang stage guard
Glenn Thompson train guard
Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Leslie G. Hewitt Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
William McGann Special Effects
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Ted Smith Art Director
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
John Twist Screenwriter
Anthony Veiller Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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