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Dude Goes West
     

The Dude Goes West

Director: Kurt Neumann, Eddie Albert, Binnie Barnes, Catherine Doucet

Cast: Kurt Neumann, Eddie Albert, Binnie Barnes, Catherine Doucet

 
In this western comedy, a milquetoast gunsmith from the East Coast goes to Arsenic City, Arizona because he has heard that everybody their carries guns. His trip West is an exercise in misfortune. Everything that could go wrong on the journey, does. At least he meets a pretty woman, also en route to Arsenic City. She goes there in search of her late father's gold mine

Overview

In this western comedy, a milquetoast gunsmith from the East Coast goes to Arsenic City, Arizona because he has heard that everybody their carries guns. His trip West is an exercise in misfortune. Everything that could go wrong on the journey, does. At least he meets a pretty woman, also en route to Arsenic City. She goes there in search of her late father's gold mine. They fall in love and work together to find her father's killer and reclaim the mine.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Director Kurt Neumann is remembered today principally for his science-fiction films, most notably The Fly (1957). But as anyone who has seen The Dude Goes West can attest, Neumann was now slouch in the comedy and spoof departments, either -- this movie may not be quite as broad as, say, Norman Z. McLeod's The Paleface, done at about the same time, nor does it have the high-powered combination of Bob Hope and Jane Russell, but it has a set of virtues all its own. Allied Artists got more than its money's worth from this seemingly modest effort, which actually recalls (and sort of parodies) Destry Rides Again more than it does The Paleface, and suffers not one bit from the seemingly lighter-weight talent of Eddie Albert, in a role that recalls James Stewart from the earlier film. The Dude Goes West doesn't have Marlene Dietrich or anyone like her, but it does display a subtle and engaging sense of humor about itself that crops up in the funniest places -- the flashback structure wasn't really necessary, but it doesn't impede any of the humor or action. Among the actors, Eddie Albert and James Gleason are the most rewarding to watch, while Gale Storm was never more appealing than she is here, and Barton MacLane gets to play more than just a scowling villain and brute in this picture. And there are elements of Albert's performance here, as the wide-eyed enthusiast for the west, that anticipate his sitcom work two decades later -- when his Daniel Bone starts talking about the American Revolution and the Bill of Rights here, one can almost hear the fife that played behind his similar exhortations on Green Acres in the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316126141
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
15,253

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Albert Daniel Bone
Binnie Barnes Kiki Kelly
Catherine Doucet Grandma Crockett
Dick Elliott Whiskey Drummer
Tom Fadden J.J. Jines
Douglas Fowley Beetie
James Gleason Sam Briggs
Edward Gargan Conductor
Harry Hayden Horace Hotchkiss
Olin Howland Finnegan
Si Jenks Horse Trader
Barton MacLane Texas Jack
George Meeker Gambler
Sarah Padden Mrs. Hallahan
Francis Pierlot Mr. Brittle
Gilbert Roland Pecos Kid
Gale Storm Liza Crockett
Tom Tyler Spiggoty
Charles Williams Harris
Chief Yowlachie Running Wolf
Ben Welden Actor
Lee "Lasses" White Baggage Master
Frank Yaconelli Actor

Technical Credits
Kurt Neumann Director
Victor Heerman Editor
Frank King Producer
Maurice King Producer
Mary Loos Screenwriter
Richard Sale Screenwriter
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer

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