Ramrod

Ramrod

Director: André De Toth

Cast: André De Toth, Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea, Preston S. Foster

     
 

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This cowboy drama from Hungarian director Andre De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke Short. Veronica Lake stars as Connie Dickason, strong-willed daughter of Ben Dickason (Charles Ruggles), a ranch owner who has become the toady of a powerful local cattleman, Frank Ivey (Preston Foster), whom Ben once wanted Connie to

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This cowboy drama from Hungarian director Andre De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke Short. Veronica Lake stars as Connie Dickason, strong-willed daughter of Ben Dickason (Charles Ruggles), a ranch owner who has become the toady of a powerful local cattleman, Frank Ivey (Preston Foster), whom Ben once wanted Connie to marry. Connie instead married a sheep rancher and inherited his spread. With her husband out of the picture, Connie becomes determined to run the ranch despite the opposition of Ivey and her father. In her camp are the town drunk, veteran cowhand Dave Nash (Joel McCrea) and a crew of anti-Ivey locals. The resulting bloody range war is much to the dismay of Dave, who wants to resolve Connie's problems with Ivey legally.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An inexplicably underappreciated Western with serious noir overtones, Ramrod is an engrossing film that serves as a transition from the traditional optimistic Westerns of prior cinema to those examples of the genre that take a darker, grimmer view of life on the frontier. It's true that Ramrod gets a little heavyhanded at times, that the pacing is too deliberate for some and that the surface elements of the tale are quite familiar. But the first criticism is easy to forgive, while the pacing is ultimately integral to Ramrod's success. And if much of the plot has been seen before, it's explored with more depth than is usual, and the very prominent female role is unusual for Westerns of the period. In addition, the grafting on of such noirelements as the femme fatale who wants what she wants at any price, the hero who tries to remain true to his code and a sense of men trying hard to alter a predetermined story they don't quite understand works beautifully here. Andre De Toth's direction is meticulous and precise, and Russell Harlan's cinematography matches it shot for shot. And the cast is a dream, with Veronica Lake turning in an icy, devastating performance that perfectly complements Joel McCrea's noble yet steely one. Charlie Ruggles is quite good in an uncharacteristically serious part, and Preston Foster's villain is quite memorable. Ramrod deserves to be much better known.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0887090046602
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
31,098

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Veronica Lake Connie Dickason
Joel McCrea Dave Nash
Preston S. Foster Frank Ivey
Lloyd Bridges Red Cates
Jeff Corey Bice
Donald Crisp Sheriff Jim Crew
Charlie Ruggles Ben Dickason
Don DeFore Bill Schell
Rose Higgins Annie
Ian MacDonald Walt Shipley
Sarah Padden Mrs. Parks
Nestor Paiva Curley
Cliff Parkinson Tom Peebles
John Powers Pokey
Hal Taliaferro Jess Moore
Ray Teal Ed Burma
Arleen Whelan Rose Leland
Ward Wood Link Thomas
Houseley Stevenson George Smedley
Robert Wood Link Thoms
Wally Cassell Virg Lee
Victor Potel Burch Nellice
Trevor Bardette Bailey
Wally Wales Jess Moore

Technical Credits
André De Toth Director
Graham Baker Screenwriter
Lionel Banks Production Designer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Cecile Kramer Screenwriter
John C. Moffitt Screenwriter
Jack Moffitt Screenwriter
Rudolph Polk Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Redmond Special Effects
Sherman A. Rose Editor
Harry Sherman Producer
Ben Winkler Sound/Sound Designer

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