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Rocky Mountain
     

Rocky Mountain

Director: William Keighley, Errol Flynn, Scott Forbes, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

Cast: William Keighley, Errol Flynn, Scott Forbes, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

 

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Rocky Mountain was planned as a big budget western, but Warner Bros. pared down both its budget and its length to "programmer" dimensions. Errol Flynn plays a Confederate officer trying to recruit troops in California. Unfortunately the only folks interested in the Southern cause are bandits and drifters, so Flynn has to watch his back. The fiancee (Patrice

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Rocky Mountain was planned as a big budget western, but Warner Bros. pared down both its budget and its length to "programmer" dimensions. Errol Flynn plays a Confederate officer trying to recruit troops in California. Unfortunately the only folks interested in the Southern cause are bandits and drifters, so Flynn has to watch his back. The fiancee (Patrice Wymore) of a Union Army officer (Scott Forbes) is rescued from an Indian attack by Flynn's men, but they are reluctant to release her lest she tip off their whereabouts. A Yankee patrol headed by the girl's fiance is captured by Flynn, but he eventually allows the Yanks and the girl safe passage in order to save them from an Indian massacre. Rocky Mountain was no great advance in cinematic art, but it did serve to introduce Errol Flynn to Patrice Wymore, who became his third (and last) wife.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it stars Errol Flynn, Rocky Mountain is a late career film and consequently has a much lower budget than is usually associated with the legendary dashing star. Perhaps because of its programmer status, Rocky has received little attention, but it's actually an interesting Western. For one thing, it's a claustrophobic piece, with most of the action taking place in one circumscribed location. For another, there's an air of world weariness that hangs over much of the film, which would become more common in later Westerns but is not so usual for 1950. Finally, Rocky has a decidedly downbeat ending, with Flynn and his compadres getting massacred by Indians -- and Flynn coming nowhere near getting the girl. As may be obvious from the above, this role is also a departure for Flynn. There's no real derring-do here; indeed, his character is not even really a hero, more of an opportunist who turns out to have more noble feelings buried underneath. The actor's work is actually quite good here; getting to forego the swashbuckling style, Flynn lets the audience see his character as somewhat beaten down. The actor doesn't seem entirely comfortable doing this, but that discomfort adds a layer to his characterization. His love interest, Patrice Wymore and her beloved, Scott Forbes, are not especially memorable, but the supporting cast, led by a young and slender Slim Pickens, shine. And the two big action set pieces are excellent.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2016
UPC:
0888574446253
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
7,835

Special Features

Commentary by Errol Flynn biographer Thomas McNulty; Warner night at the movies 1950 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel ; Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Move; Classic cartoon Two's a Crowd; Trailers of Rock Mountain and 1950's The Breaking Poing; Bonus gallery of Sante Fe Trail series western shorts: ; Roaring Guns; Wells Fargo Days; Trial by Trigger

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Lafe Barstow
Scott Forbes Lt. Rickey
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Pap Dennison
Dick Jones Jim Wheat
Howard Petrie Cole Smith
Slim Pickens Plank
Chubby Johnson Gil Craigie
Buzz Henry Kip Waterson
Sheb Wooley Kay Rawlins
Peter Coe Pierre Duchesne
Rush Williams Jonas Weatherby
Steve Dunhill Ash
Alex Sharp Barnes
Yakima Canutt Ryan
Patrice Wymore Johanna Carter
Harry Locke Actor
Malcolm Muggeridge Actor
Derek Nimmo Actor
Conrad Phillips Actor
Cardew Robinson Actor
Gerald Sim Actor
Marianne Stone Actor
Elsie Wagstaffe Actor
Grant Withers Actor
George Woodbridge Actor

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
L.S. Edwards Set Decoration/Design
Rudi Fehr Editor
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
William Jacobs Producer
Alan LeMay Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Winston Miller Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rocky Mountain
1. Credits. [:55]
2. Ghost Mountain. [3:58]
3. Stagecoach In Peril. [3:59]
4. Barstow's Bunch. [2:45]
5. Unexpected Guest. [2:53]
6. Plain Speaking. [2:16]
7. Uneasy Watch. [6:18]
8. Union Patrol. [5:02]
9. The Trap. [5:39]
10. Ain't Like You's Winning. [5:32]
11. Fine Points Of War. [5:34]
12. Escape In The Night. [3:12]
13. Smoke Signals And Jitters. [5:18]
14. Conniving Captives. [6:41]
15. Riderless Horse. [4:34]
16. Believing In Someone. [2:23]
17. Separate Getaways. [5:27]
18. Drawing Indian Attention. [3:11]
19. Canyon Clash. [3:54]
20. Raise The Flag. [3:14]

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