Redhead from Wyoming

The Redhead from Wyoming

Director: Lee Sholem

Cast: Lee Sholem, Maureen O'Hara, Alex Nicol, Robert Strauss

     
 

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Lee Sholem's The Redhead From Wyoming (1953) is a B-movie in A-movie garb, shot in Technicolor and co-starring Maureen O'Hara (who, if she hadn't been born, would have had to have been invented by the owners of Technicolor as a "canvas" for their product). It's just good enough, however, to justify a DVD release, so well preserved and transferred that it's

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Lee Sholem's The Redhead From Wyoming (1953) is a B-movie in A-movie garb, shot in Technicolor and co-starring Maureen O'Hara (who, if she hadn't been born, would have had to have been invented by the owners of Technicolor as a "canvas" for their product). It's just good enough, however, to justify a DVD release, so well preserved and transferred that it's worth a look just to see the kind of diverting if totally unambitious work that Hollywood (and Universal Studios) put out when they weren't generating genre classics like Winchester '73, High Noon, The Gunfighter, Arrowhead etc. O'Hara plays the kind of flirty, playful shrew that she specialized in during this period, with perhaps the prettiest costumes with which she was ever graced. Also visible in the cast are a young Dennis Weaver and Jeanne Cooper, and Stacy Harris, an actor familiar to longtime viewers of Dragnet -- it is funny seeing Harris, who made most of his career playing criminals and smarmy attorneys, in western attire. The source print is gorgeous, with occasional oversaturation of the fleshtones but otherwise one of the prettiest looking pictures one is likely to see in a western of this vintage. The real "star" is the Technicolor image and the costumes worn by O'Hara (and the figure she boasts), which either compliment or contrast beautifully with her red hair. The 81-minute movie has been given 20 chapter markers, which is handy though hardly essential in a picture with a plot as slight as this. the only really notable plot development is a cattle stampede that is nicely photographed but otherwise unexceptional as such scene go and not exciting in the least. The original trailer is included as a bonus feature, looking about as good as the film itself. The disc opens automatically on a simple four-selection menu that goes to a second layer for subtitle selection (English, French, Spanish).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
No one's ever going to claim that The Redhead from Wyoming is a great Western, but as a showcase for the startling beauty of Maureen O'Hara, it's pretty darn good. The script starts out promising, with information about the "rules" of cattle rustling in this certain time and place, indicating that there's potential for a somewhat off-beat plot. And the characters, at least when we meet them, have promise, too; neither O'Hara's nor William Bishop's immediately settle into a black vs. white, good vs. evil stereotype. Unfortunately, the screenplay doesn't go for the unique, settling for a plot that ultimately is familiar stuff. Likewise, the characters soon lose their ambiguity, leaving it pretty much up to the actors to hold our interest. O'Hara and Bishop do, she because she's so unrelentingly striking visually and because her patented feistiness is alluring and he because he simply turns in a fine performance. We have less luck with Alex Nicol, who looks good but isn't especially interesting and whose acting can't make up for that deficit. Lee Sholem's direction is fairly routine and doesn't capitalize on some opportunities in the script, but he does keep things focused on O'Hara, which is good. He also is aided by Winton Hoch's dependably expert cinematography and by some good sets and costumes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
UPC:
0025192262821
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
31,904

Special Features

Includes original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Kate Maxwell
Alex Nicol Stan Blaine
Robert Strauss "Knuckles" Hogan
William Bishop Jim Averell
Alexander Scourby Reece Duncan
Jack Kelly Sandy
Jeanne Cooper Myra
Stacy Harris Chet Jones
Dennis Weaver Matt Jessup
David Alpert Wally Beggs
Joe Bassett Actor
Ray Bennett Wade Burrows
Edmund Cobb Sprague
Harold Goodwin Henchman
Larry Hudson Man
Philo McCullough Aldrich
Gregg Palmer Hal Jessup
Buddy Roosevelt Actor
Sid Saylor Drunken Settler
George Taylor Doctor
Rush Williams Ned
Claudette Thornton Girl
Joe Bailey Jack

Technical Credits
Lee Sholem Director
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Miton Carruth Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Polly James Screenwriter
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Herb Meadow Screenwriter
Herman Stein Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:26]
2. The Maverick Law [2:35]
3. Cattle Kate [6:08]
4. Cattle Rustling [4:16]
5. Feeling Lucky [4:53]
6. High Stakes [5:43]
7. Poor Man's Hope [2:09]
8. The Meeting [7:01]
9. A Bushwhacking [2:21]
10. There's A War Ahead [4:38]
11. Round Up [4:34]
12. Peace Is Declared [4:00]
13. Stampede! [3:40]
14. In the Pokey [4:56]
15. Jail Break [4:45]
16. Double Cross [3:07]
17. A Clean Fight [5:15]
18. The Jig Is Up [3:25]
19. Under the Gun [3:52]
20. End Titles [:27]

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