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Ramrod

Ramrod

Andre De Toth (1947)

90min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
War on the range, as sultry ranch owner Veronica Lake ("The face of an angel the soul of a scorpion" according to the adverts) stakes her personal claim to land owned by her weak-willed father Charlie Ruggles, who's selling out to baddie Preston Foster. Joel McCrea's the titular ramrod (or ranch foreman) in this tense and violent western directed by Lake's then husband, the talented Andre De Toth, whose westerns include several with Gary Cooper and Randolph Scott. The stark black-and-white photography, the presence of dislocated, disenfranchised characters, and Lake's femme fatale-like portrayal lend this the look of a western film noir in the same mould as Pursued and Blood on the Moon, both of which starred Robert Mitchum.

Summary

The daughter of a cattle rancher defies her father by marrying a sheep farmer, and takes over running her husband's land when he dies. However, a powerful landowner is determined to seize her territory for himself. An alcoholic cowhand working for the widow strives to bring about a legal settlement, but a violent range war seems inevitable. Western, with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake.

Cast & Crew

Connie Dickason Veronica Lake
Dave Nash Joel McCrea
Walt Shipley Ian MacDonald
Ben Dickason Charles Ruggles
Frank Ivey Preston Foster
Rose Arleen Whelan
Red Cates Lloyd Bridges
Sheriff Jim Crew Donald Crisp
Annie Rose Higgins
Dr Parks Chick York
Director Andre De Toth
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on DVD

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