Ride the High Country (1962)

94 mins | Western | 9 May 1962

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

N. B. Stone Jr.

Producer:

Richard E. Lyons

Cinematographer:

Lucien Ballard

Editor:

Frank Santillo

Production Designers:

George W. Davis, Leroy Coleman

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Guns in the Afternoon . Location scenes were filmed in the Inyo National Forest, CA. Ride the High Country marked the last film of actor Randolph Scott (1898--1987), who began his acting career in the late 1920s and became a major Hollywood star in the 1930s and 1940s. Although he acted in a variety of genres, his greatest recognition was in ... More Less

The film's working title was Guns in the Afternoon . Location scenes were filmed in the Inyo National Forest, CA. Ride the High Country marked the last film of actor Randolph Scott (1898--1987), who began his acting career in the late 1920s and became a major Hollywood star in the 1930s and 1940s. Although he acted in a variety of genres, his greatest recognition was in Westerns. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
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Daily Variety
30 Mar 1961
p. 6.
Daily Variety
21 Sep 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
2 Oct 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
16 Oct 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
20 Oct 1961
p. 8.
Daily Variety
7 Nov 1961
p. 6.
Daily Variety
22 Nov 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Dec 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Jan 1962
p. 10.
Daily Variety
15 Jan 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 Jan 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
30 Jan 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 May 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
13 Jun 1962
p. 6.
Daily Variety
24 Jul 1962
p. 28.
Daily Variety
1 Oct 1962
p. 8.
Daily Variety
7 Dec 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
14 Sep 1961
Section B, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
2 Jan 1962
Section A, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
20 May 1962
Section A, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
3 Jul 1962
Section C, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
6 Dec 1962
Section C, p. 20.
Los Angeles Times
15 Jan 1963
Section C, p. 8.
New York Times
20 Jun 1962
p. 42.
New York Times
21 Jun 1962
p. 26.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Guns in the Afternoon
Release Date:
9 May 1962
Premiere Information:
Washington, D. C., opening: 9 May 1962
New York opening: 20 June 1962
Los Angeles opening: 3 July 1962
Production Date:
16 October--22 November 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 March 1962
Copyright Number:
LP21459
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
94
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

His days of glory as a legendary lawman have passed, and aging Steve Judd accepts the job of transporting gold from a remote mining camp in the Sierras to a smalltown bank. Assisting him are Gil Westrum, another forgotten lawman reduced to earning his living as a carnival sharpshooter, and Heck Longtree, an adventurous young drifter. Secretly, Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold deposits, with or without Steve's help. En route to the mining camp the three men are joined by Elsa Knudsen, the rebellious daughter of a religious zealot. Elsa is running away to join her boyfriend, Billy Hammond, at the mining camp. When they arrive, she marries Billy; but a brawl starts immediately after the ceremony, and Elsa refuses to stay with her husband and his drunken brothers. Instead, she leaves the camp with Steve, Gil, and Heck, who have collected the gold for transport. On the way back to the lowlands, Gil and Heck attempt to steal the gold, but Steve outwits them. Later, Gil slips away but returns when his comrades are attacked by the Hammond brothers. In a blazing shootout, the Hammonds are slain, but Steve also is mortally wounded. Before Steve dies, Gil promises him that he will deliver the gold and do what he can for Elsa and Heck, who have become attracted to each ... +


His days of glory as a legendary lawman have passed, and aging Steve Judd accepts the job of transporting gold from a remote mining camp in the Sierras to a smalltown bank. Assisting him are Gil Westrum, another forgotten lawman reduced to earning his living as a carnival sharpshooter, and Heck Longtree, an adventurous young drifter. Secretly, Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold deposits, with or without Steve's help. En route to the mining camp the three men are joined by Elsa Knudsen, the rebellious daughter of a religious zealot. Elsa is running away to join her boyfriend, Billy Hammond, at the mining camp. When they arrive, she marries Billy; but a brawl starts immediately after the ceremony, and Elsa refuses to stay with her husband and his drunken brothers. Instead, she leaves the camp with Steve, Gil, and Heck, who have collected the gold for transport. On the way back to the lowlands, Gil and Heck attempt to steal the gold, but Steve outwits them. Later, Gil slips away but returns when his comrades are attacked by the Hammond brothers. In a blazing shootout, the Hammonds are slain, but Steve also is mortally wounded. Before Steve dies, Gil promises him that he will deliver the gold and do what he can for Elsa and Heck, who have become attracted to each other. +

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