Yellow Sky

Yellow Sky

William A Wellman (1948)

96min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Highly regarded in many quarters, this bleak western owes much to its superb location photography by My Darling Clementine's Joe MacDonald and the confrontational leading roles played by two of 20th Century-Fox's best stars - Gregory Peck and sneering Richard Widmark in their glorious early years. Unfortunately, the pace is often staggeringly slow and the story by Little Caesar writer WR Burnett, which is clearly inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, sits awkwardly in its majestic Death Valley setting. It's a reasonable version of the "outlaws ride into ghost town" plot, but is really only a B-movie dressed up in A-movie finery.

Summary

A gang of outlaws on the run hides out in a deserted frontier town, which is already home to an elderly prospector who has discovered gold in the area. The bandits plan to steal his precious find, but their leader has a change of heart when he falls for the old man's daughter and faces a conflict with his own second-in-command. Western, starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter and Richard Widmark.

Cast & Crew

Stretch Gregory Peck
Mike Anne Baxter
Dude Richard Widmark
Bull Run Robert Arthur (1)
Lengthy John Russell
Half Pint Harry Morgan
Grandpa James Barton
Walrus Charles Kemper
Jed Robert Adler
Bartender Victor Kilian
Drunk Paul Hurst
Banker William Gould
Bank teller Norman Leavitt
Director William A Wellman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD
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