Andre De Toth (1947)

PG Certificate


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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. With its stark black-and-white photography, disenfranchised characters and Lake's femme fatale-like portrayal, this has the look and feel of a western film noir in the same mould as Pursued and Blood on the Moon.


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

Dave Nash Joel McCrea
Connie Dickason Veronica Lake
Bill Schell Don DeFore
Sheriff Jim Crew Donald Crisp
Frank Ivey Preston Foster
Rose Leland Arleen Whelan
Ben Dickason Charlie Ruggles
Red Cates Lloyd Bridges
Director Andre De Toth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray