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Monday, September 17, 2012

A Ticket To Tomahawk (1950)

In 1876 Colorado, the owner (Mauritz Hugo) of a stagecoach line hires a group of thugs to prevent the new railroad from reaching its destination which is the town of Tomahawk. A female deputy (Anne Baxter) travels with the train to make sure it gets there but along the way she romances the train's sole passenger (Dan Dailey). This amiable if slight comedy western is quite likable. Shot on location in Colorado in vivid Technicolor, it has an easy going charm and the vigorous cast punches it up a few notches. Not a musical per se but Dailey gets to do a dance number surround by a bevy of beauties (among them a young Marilyn Monroe). Directed by Richard Sale, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Mary Loos. With Rory Calhoun, Walter Brennan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Connie Gilchrist as a madam (when Baxter naively refers to her "girls" as actresses, Gilchrist coos, "Aren't you sweet?"), Joyce MacKenzie and Chief Yowlatchie.

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