Nevada

Nevada

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Director: Edward Killy

Cast: Edward Killy, Robert Mitchum, Virginia Belmont, Sammy Blum

     
 

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Edward Killy's Nevada (1944), starring Robert Mitchum and Anne Jeffreys, was originally made for RKO, but is now owned by the estate of Zane Grey (whose book was the basis for the film). It has arrived on DVD from the Grey estate by way of Lion's Gate in an enjoyable if unexceptional presentation. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfer was derived from a C&C

Overview

Edward Killy's Nevada (1944), starring Robert Mitchum and Anne Jeffreys, was originally made for RKO, but is now owned by the estate of Zane Grey (whose book was the basis for the film). It has arrived on DVD from the Grey estate by way of Lion's Gate in an enjoyable if unexceptional presentation. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfer was derived from a C&C Television print, in 16mm, and while it is a clean source, its limitations are revealed in some occasional scratches and some intermittent loss of detail. Still, the image is clean and bright, and the sound is crisp and loud. Otherwise, the movie has been given only four chapters, and comes appended with the same documentaries about Zane Grey that have graced each of the other entries in this cycle of releases, 12 in all as of 2008. Nevada, however, is easily the better of the two Mitchum vehicles in this group of movies, and worth seeing on that basis alone.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Made in the middle of World War II, while RKO's chief B-western star Tim Holt was in uniform, Nevada provided an opportunity for Robert Mitchum to showcase his intense, offbeat charm in a breezy, fast-paced action-adventure yarn. The movie's plot is interesting enough, set against the development of the Comstock Lode, and Mitchum's presence is enough to justify a look or two -- it's plain from the opening scene that he can carry a picture like this. But there's more to Nevada -- a remake of a 1927 silent that starred Gary Cooper and Thelma Todd -- than just those obvious virtues. In place of the usual scowling villain, we get Craig Reynolds as a well-spoken, low-keyed, smarmy businessman-heavy, who actually has some human weaknesses and motivations that make him much more interesting to watch than the usual villains in these pieces. And there's a young Anne Jeffreys and Nancy Gates representing the fairer sex, with Jeffreys more interesting as the "bad" girl with a heart of gold and a vision of the future that shapes the final section of the script. And Richard Martin's and Guinn Williams ' performances as the hero's sidekicks demonstrate enough humor to make their performances worth looking at -- indeed, Martin's explanation of his character's name and family origins, intended as a wartime statement about the richness and diversity of the American people, carry a special resonance when seen in the wake of the 2008 presidential election. All of those elements, plus a script (derived from the work of Zane Grey) rooted in history help to make this an engrossing if lightweight western entry -- nothing genre-defining or revelatory, but a lot of fun with some fascinating edges.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0012236182702
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:02:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen presentation; English 2.0 Dolby Digital; True stories of Zane Grey; Outdoor adventures with an introdution by Loren Grey; Fisherma's pluck; An american legend; Digitally mastered; Interactuve menus; Scene selection

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Jim "Nevada" Lacy
Virginia Belmont Actor
Sammy Blum Bartender
Patti Brill Actor
Wheaton Chambers Dr. Darien
George de Normand Actor
Nancy Gates Hattie Ide
Edmund Glover Ed Nelson
Mary Halsey Actor
Russell Hopton Henchman
Anne Jeffreys Julie Dexter
Emmett Lynn Comstock
Richard Martin Chito Rafferty
Harry McKim Marvie Ide
Bert Moorhouse Actor
Philip Morris Ed Nolan
Jack Overman Red Barry
Craig Reynolds Cash Burridge
Margie Stewart Actor
Alan Ward William Brewer
Bryant Washburn Actor
Lawrence Wheat Ben Ide
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Dusty
Harry Woods Joe Powell

Technical Credits
Edward Killy Director
Stuart Anthony Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lucius O. Croxton Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Roland Gross Editor
Norman Houston Screenwriter
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
William L. Stevens Set Decoration/Design
Garnett Weston Screenwriter
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nevada
1. Main Titles/Nevada [13:22]
2. Robbery [16:34]
3. Ran Away [16:42]
4. Silver/End Credits [15:04]

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Nevada 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not very good
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