Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "THE OUTRIDERS" (1950) (93 min/Color) -- Starring Joel McCrea, Arlene Dahl, Barry Sullivan, Claude Jarman Jr., James Whitmore & Ramon Novarro
Directed by Roy Rowland
Will Owens (Joel McCrea) is one of three Confederate soldiers who escape from a northern prison compound. The three men join a wagon train, hoping to capture a Yankee gold shipment to help their cause. When the wagoners are attacked by Indians, Owens decides to reassess his priorities and protect the passengers, including the fetching Jen Gort (Arlene Dahl).
Watch as this film is stolen by silent screen legend Ramon Novarro in one of his more substantial later roles. He essays his character perfectly, giving it much more depth than was in the screenplay. He also lends the part style, grace, dignity and humor
This is most definitely a western as a model of the highest qualities that were present in the 50's and were lost after the 60's it would be "The Outriders". It is not one of the greatest, but as far as entertainment is concerned, it sure delivers.
Special footnote: -- The film never had a more honorable or stalwart hero than Joel McCrea. And if you've seen any of his films, fans will know that whatever he does it will be the honorable thing. It's a tribute to McCrea that if he insisted on always being the stalwart hero, he had the talent and personality to carry it off. This is who he was and it will always remain with us - his fans!
BIOS: 1. Roy Rowland (Director) Date of Birth: 31 December 1910 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 29 June 1995 - Orange, California
2. Joel McCrea Date of Birth: 5 November 1905 - South Pasadena, California Date of Death: 20 October 1990 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
3. Arlene Dahl Date of Birth: 11 August 1928 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Date of Death: Still Living
4. Barry Sullivan [aka: Patrick Barry Sullivan] Date of Birth: 29 August 1912 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 6 June 1994 - Sherman Oaks, California
5. Claude Jarman Jr. Date of Birth: 27 September 1934 - Nashville, Tennessee Date of Death: Still Living
6. James Whitmore Date of Birth: 1 October 1921 - White Plains, New York Date of Death: 6 February 2009 - Malibu, California
7. Ramon Novarro [aka: Jose Ramón Gil Samaniego] Date of Birth: 6 February 1899 - Durango, Mexico Date of Death: 30 October 1968 - North Hollywood, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings: Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars Performance: 5 Stars Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 93 min on VHS/DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (February 22, 2011)