Rawhide

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A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveller find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day’s gold shipment.

ACTORS : Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1951

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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Rawhide , Vinnie Holt, a single woman travelling with her toddler niece, becomes stranded at Rawhide, a desert stagecoach stop managed by stationmaster Sam Todd and his assistant Tom Owens. Owens is quickly impressed by Vinnie’s independent self-confidence. Jim Zimmerman, a fugitive murderer from Huntsville Prison disguised as a Deputy, and three other ruthless escapees take over the station, intent on robbing the next day’s gold shipment. After murdering Sam, Zimmerman knows they must keep Tom alive in order to complete their plans. Owens does not correct Zimmmerman’s assumption that Vinnie is his wife, correctly sensing that the misconception might be the key to her survival as well.

Desperate, raw emotions added to remote, isolated setting

Rawhide , Yes, I think “Rawhide” is a highly charged western and if I were any younger I’d be working through two boxes of popcorn while lost in this movie! It keeps you on the edge of your seat as you watch several outlaws take over the depot, all set for a robbery, and lie in wait for the coach to arrive. Also the fact is, when you combine two intense stars like Ty and Susan you’re bound to get a compelling screen presence since both are always fascinating to watch. They carry the drama steadily along.

Later on in the film however, there seems a shortage of dialogue and the story tends to get bogged down in a constant gloomy atmosphere of quiet desperation.

One certainly feels the weight of isolation in this remote station along the stagecoach line in a time where lawlessness still needed to be subdued. It makes one realize how rough it must have been to live in those days of homesteading in the West.

As usual, Elam is the baddy in here and he never fails to rouse my dislike although in later life he went in for comedy in a western or two, a nice change. Hugh Marlowe is also a familiar face — of “All About Eve” fame. On the whole it’s a riveting western to the end.

 

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