Best Western Movies of 1949

1.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it.

Starring: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O’Brien, Arthur Shields, Michael Dugan ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1949-10-22
Best Western Movies of 1949 : High Diving Hare
2.

High Diving Hare

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Yosemite Sam tries to force Bugs Bunny to do a high-diving act when the regular act cancels.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-04-30
3.

Colorado Territory

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight. Western remake of High Sierra with Joel McCrea taking over the Humphrey Bogart role.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull, John Archer, James Mitchell, Morris Ankrum, Basil Ruysdael, Frank Puglia, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-06-11
Best Western Movies of 1949 : I Shot Jesse James
4.

I Shot Jesse James

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend Cynthy. The guilt-stricken Ford soon finds himself greeted with derision and open mockery throughout town. He travels to Colorado to try his hand at prospecting in hopes that marriage with Cynthy is still in the cards.

Starring: John Ireland, Reed Hadley, Tom Tyler, Tommy Noonan, Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, J. Edward Bromberg, Victor Kilian, Eddie Dunn, Margia Dean ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1949-02-26
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Lust for Gold
5.

Lust for Gold

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A man determined to track down the fabled Arizona gold mine known as The Lost Dutchman has an affair with a married treasure hunter, whose pursuit of the mine has lead her to double-cross her husband.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young, William Prince, Edgar Buchanan, Will Geer, Paul Ford, Jay Silverheels, Percy Helton, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall
Release date: 1949-06-10
6.

The Fighting Kentuckian

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

John Breen (John Wayne), a Kentucky militiaman falls in love with French exile Fleurette De Marchand (Vera Ralston). He discovers a plot to steal the land that Fleurette's exiles plan to settle on and aims to foil it.

Starring: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy, Marie Windsor, John Howard, Hugo Haas, Grant Withers, Odette Myrtil, Paul Fix ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1949-09-15
7.

The Red Pony

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Peter Miles stars as Tom Tiflin, the little boy at the heart of this John Steinbeck story set in Salinas Valley. With his incompatible parents -- the city-loving Fred and country-happy Alice -- constantly bickering, Tom looks to cowboy Billy Buck for companionship and paternal love.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern, Shepperd Strudwick, Peter Miles, Margaret Hamilton, Melinda Byron, Jackie Jackson, Beau Bridges, Jackie Jackson ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1949-03-08
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Doolins of Oklahoma
8.

The Doolins of Oklahoma

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

When the Daltons are killed at Coffeyville, gang member Bill Doolin, arriving late, escapes but kills a man. Now wanted for murder, he becomes the leader of the Doolin gang. He eventually leaves the gang and tries to start a new life under a new name, but the old gang members appear and his true identity becomes known. Once again he becomes an outlaw trying to escape from the law.

Starring: Randolph Scott, George Macready, Louise Allbritton, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Virginia Huston, Charles Kemper, Dona Drake, Robert Barrat, Lee Patrick ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1949-05-27
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Cowboy and the Indians
9.

The Cowboy and the Indians

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Finding Indians stealing from his ranch, Gene learns they are suffering from malnutrition. Store owner Martin is cheating them and now he is after the Chief's valuable necklace. When the dying chief is found, having been attacked and robbed, Martin blames Lakhona who would become the new chief. When Gene helps Lakhona they soon find themselves fleeing from the law.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Sheila Ryan, Hank Patterson, Jay Silverheels, Claudia Drake, Georgie Nokes, Alex Frazer, Clayton Moore, Iron Eyes Cody ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1949-09-15
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Down Dakota Way
10.

Down Dakota Way

2.9
6.0/10 IMDB

In Roy Rogers' Down Dakota Way, the deadly hoof-and-mouth disease has struck the herd owned by evil rancher H. T. McKenzie (Roy Barcroft). To avoid an expensive quarantine on his stock, McKenzie plans to murder the local veterinarian (Emmet Vogan) before the latter can report his findings to the government. Rogers manages to straighten out the situation by appealing to the sensibilities of the aunt (Elizabeth Risdon) of McKenzie's hotheaded hired assassin (Byron Barr). The film also bears several musical numbers from Roy, Dale Evans, and Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Pat Brady, Montie Montana, Elisabeth Risdon, Byron Barr, James Cardwell, Roy Barcroft ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1949-09-09
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Big Jack
11.

Big Jack

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Wallace Beery, in his final film, plays a bandit in this period drama set in Colonial America.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Richard Conte, Marjorie Main, Edward Arnold, Vanessa Brown, Clinton Sundberg, Charles Dingle, Clem Bevans, Will Wright, Jack Lambert ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1949-04-12
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Brimstone
12.

Brimstone

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A U.S. Marshal goes undercover to stop a cattle smuggling gang, but when his cover is blown, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Starring: Rod Cameron, Lorna Gray, Walter Brennan, Forrest Tucker, Jack Holt, James Brown, Jack Lambert, Jim Davis, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1949-08-15
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Gay Amigo
13.

The Gay Amigo

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

The Cisco Kid and Pancho are mistakenly identified as leaders of an outlaw band. While the cavalry runs them down, they must hunt down the real bad guys.

Starring: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Armida, Joe Sawyer, Walter Baldwin, Fred Kohler Jr., Kenneth MacDonald, George DeNormand, Clayton Moore, Fred Crane ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1949-05-13
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Deputy Marshal
14.

Deputy Marshal

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

A lawman takes on gangsters attempting to steal property wanted for a railroad.

Starring: Jon Hall, Frances Langford, Dick Foran, Julie Bishop, Joe Sawyer, Russell Hayden, Clem Bevans, Vince Barnett, Mary Gordon, Forrest Taylor ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1949-10-28
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Black Midnight
15.

Black Midnight

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A young man with a love of horses, Scott Jordan (Roddy McDowall) lives on the family ranch with his uncle Bill (Damian O’Flynn). When he buys a wild stallion from his black-sheep cousin Daniel (Rand Brooks), Scott names the horse Midnight and does his best to tame him. But when the sheriff (Sky King’s Kirby Grant) suspects the stallion was stolen and Daniel’s plan to get rid of the horse ends with a man being trampled, Scott must prove Midnight acted in self-defense before his uncle destroys him. The fourth of six films McDowall coproduced and starred in for Monogram Pictures, Black Midnight was directed by Oscar “Budd” Boetticher, whose seven Westerns with Randolph Scott are considered classics of the genre.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Damian O'Flynn, Lyn Thomas, Kirby Grant, Gordon Jones, Fay Baker, Rand Brooks ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1949-10-01
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Hellfire
16.

Hellfire

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Marie Windsor, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis, H.B. Warner, Paul Fix, Grant Withers, Emory Parnell, Esther Howard, Jody Gilbert ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1949-05-29
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Last Bandit
17.

The Last Bandit

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

About to marry Jim Plummer, Kate Foley runs off to Nevada when Ed Bagley convinces her a quick fortune can be made robbing gold shipments that are being transported by the railroad. In Bannock City she meets reformed-bandit Frank Plummer, posing as Frank Norris, brother of Jim Plummer, who has being going straight and working as an express shipment guard. Jim also shows up and plans a robbery by stealing a train and hiding it in an abandoned tunnel. The two brothers are on opposite sides of the law with the now-reformed Kate caught in the middle.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray, Forrest Tucker, Andy Devine, Jack Holt, Minna Gombell, Virginia Brissac, Louis Faust, Stanley Andrews, Martín Garralaga ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1949-02-25
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Bad Men of Tombstone
18.

Bad Men of Tombstone

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A marshal goes up against a collection of vicious outlaws terrorizing his own.

Starring: Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Reynolds, Broderick Crawford, Fortunio Bonanova, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, John Kellogg, Mary Newton, Dennis Hoey, Morris Ankrum, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1949-01-21
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Massacre River
19.

Massacre River

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Two Cavalry Officers clash over the Colonel's Daughter at a remote outpost with Indian troubles.

Starring: Guy Madison, Rory Calhoun, Carole Mathews, Cathy Downs, Johnny Sands, Steve Brodie, Art Baker, Iron Eyes Cody, Emory Parnell, Queenie Smith ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1949-06-26
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Streets of Laredo
20.

Streets of Laredo

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Texas, 1878: cheerful outlaw-buddies Jim, Lorn and Wahoo rescue spunky orphan Rannie Carter from rustling racketeers, then are forced to separate. Lorn goes on to bigger and better robberies, while Jim and Wahoo are (at first reluctantly) maneuvered into joining the Texas Rangers. For friendship's sake, the three try to keep out of direct conflict, but a showdown begins to look inevitable. And Rannie, now grown into lovely young womanhood, must choose between Lorn and Jim

Starring: William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, William Bendix, Stanley Ridges, Alfonso Bedoya, Ray Teal, Clem Bevans, James Bell, Dick Foote ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1949-05-27
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The James Brothers of Missouri
21.

The James Brothers of Missouri

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

This 12-part serial concerns the efforts of the infamous James brothers (of which Jesse was a prominent member) to become normal everyday citizens. Of course, there's no room in the Wild West for reformed outlaws, and the duo inevitably find themselves caught up in showdowns and robberies.

Starring: Keith Richards, Robert Bice, Noel Neill, Roy Barcroft, Patricia Knox, Lane Bradford, Gene Roth, John Hamilton, Edmund Cobb, Hank Patterson ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-08-31
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
22.

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Saloon-bar singer Freddie gets very angry whenever boyfriend Blackie seems to be playing around. She always packs a six-shooter, so this is bad news for anything that happens to be in the way. As this is usually the local judge's rear-end, Freddie and friend Conchita are soon hiding out teaching school in the middle of nowhere.

Starring: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan, Porter Hall, Hugh Herbert, Al Bridge, El Brendel, Sterling Holloway, Chester Conklin ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1949-05-27
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Fighting Redhead
23.

The Fighting Redhead

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Red Ryder gets a telegram from his old friend Dan O'Connor asking for help in his fight against Faro Savage and his gang of rustlers. A gun dropped by Faro during a rustling raid makes Red and Sheila O'Connor, Dan's daughter, think they have ample proof against Faro but they are stymied by the law. Buckskin Blodgett and the Duchess, Red's aunt, find the body of O'Connor who was killed when Faro's men sent the sheriff out on a ruse. Sheila, discovered while rifling Faros office for evidence, escapes but not before she is recognized. Faro kills one of his own henchmen and then frames Sheila for the murder. Red and Little Beaver set out to clear Sheila and to try to find evidence against Faro and his gang. Written by Les Adams

Starring: Jim Bannon, Don Reynolds, Marin Sais, Peggy Stewart, Emmett Lynn, Lane Bradford, Forrest Taylor, Lee Roberts, Bob Duncan, Sandy Sanders ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1949-10-05
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Gal Who Took the West
24.

The Gal Who Took the West

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

In order to gain passage to the West, a woman poses as an opera singer, and causes a feud between two cousins.

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Coburn, Scott Brady, John Russell, Myrna Dell, James Millican, Clem Bevans, Robert R. Stephenson, Houseley Stevenson, Robin Short ..
Directed by: Frederick de Cordova
Release date: 1949-09-01
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Golden Stallion
25.

The Golden Stallion

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for the death. To keep his horse from being destroyed, Roy confesses and goes to jail. The smugglers buy Trigger and put him to work smuggling diamonds. The mare, who had earlier heard a trist with Trigger, foals Trigger, Jr. who Roy, finally out of jail, uses to help capture the smugglers.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez, Pat Brady, Douglas Evans, Frank Fenton, Greg McClure, Dale Van Sickel, Clarence Straight ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1949-11-15
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Roughshod
26.

Roughshod

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Rancher Clay and his brother, Steve, head out across the Sonora mountain pass, followed by Lednov, an ex-con seeking revenge on Clay for putting him behind bars. Clay and Steve unexpectedly cross paths with a group of dance hall girls -- including Mary, Marcia and Helen -- whose stagecoach has broken down, and help them get to the nearest ranch, where Lednov unfortunately catches up to Clay.

Starring: Robert Sterling, Gloria Grahame, Claude Jarman Jr., John Ireland, Jeff Donnell, Myrna Dell, Martha Hyer, George Cooper, Jeff Corey, Sara Haden ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1949-05-11
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Rim of the Canyon
27.

Rim of the Canyon

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

20 years ago, 3 men robbed a stage and hid $30,000. They were caught and sent to prison by Marshal Steve Autry. 20 years later, the men bust out of prison and return to the ghost town where they stashed their treasure searching. Steve's grandson picks up where Steve left off to foil the plans of the outlaws.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Nan Leslie, Thurston Hall, Clem Bevans, Walter Sande, Jock Mahoney, Francis McDonald, Alan Hale Jr. ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1949-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Diamond City
28.

Diamond City

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Set in the diamond fields of South Africa, Stafford Parker is a lawman trying to maintain a semblance of law and order in the "Wild South".

Starring: David Farrar, Honor Blackman, Diana Dors, Bill Owen, Mervyn Johns, Phyllis Monkman, Hal Osmond, Niall MacGinnis, Andrew Crawford, Philo Hauser ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1949-09-20
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Fighting Man of the Plains
29.

Fighting Man of the Plains

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Former bandit Jim Dancer becomes marshal of a Kansas town and cleans up the criminal element - with the help of his old pal, Jesse James.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Jane Nigh, Douglas Kennedy, Joan Taylor, Berry Kroeger, Rhys Williams, Barry Kelley, James Todd ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1949-11-16
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Walking Hills
30.

The Walking Hills

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A study in greed in which treasure hunters seek a shipment of gold buried in Death Valley.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, Arthur Kennedy, Edgar Buchanan, John Ireland, William Bishop, Jerome Courtland, Russell Collins, Josh White, Houseley Stevenson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1949-03-05
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Red Canyon
31.

Red Canyon

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A former outlaw goes straight and is determined to catch and tame a wild stallion. Western.

Starring: Howard Duff, Ann Blyth, Edgar Buchanan, George Brent, Jane Darwell, John McIntire, Lloyd Bridges, Chill Wills, James Seay, Denver Pyle ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1949-04-27
32.

Riders in the Sky

2.5
6.6/10 IMDB

When asked about the Ghost Riders song he sings, Gene Autry tells this legend: Gene is about to resign as an investigator for the county attorney and go into the cattle business with his pal Chuckawalla Jones but decides instead to help Anne Lawson clear her father, rancher Ralph Lawson, of a false murder charge. He looks for the three witnesses who can testify that Lawson shot only in self defense in killing a gambler, but the witnesses are terrorized by another gambler, town boss Rock McCleary, who shoots witness Pop Roberts Morgan. Fatally wounded, Pop gives Gene the information needed to clear Lawson, then dies crying the "Ghost Riders" are coming for him. Gene then heads for a showdown with McCleary.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Gloria Henry, Pat Buttram, Mary Beth Hughes, Robert Livingston, Steve Darrell, Alan Hale Jr., Tom London ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1949-11-29
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Rustlers
33.

Rustlers

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Another of RKO's profitable Tim Holt western series, Rustlers costars Holt with his popular sidekick Richard Martin (as Chico Rafferty). Holt and Martin are arrested by sheriff Harry Shannon, who accuses them of being members of a vicious rustling gang. Actually Shannon is the head of the operation; he hopes to throw suspicion off himself by framing Our Heroes for the crime.

Starring: Tim Holt, Richard Martin, Martha Hyer, Steve Brodie, Lois Andrews, Harry Shannon, Addison Richards, Frank Fenton, Robert Bray, Don Haggerty ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1949-03-03
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Tough Assignment
34.

Tough Assignment

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A meddlesome reporter sporting a young bride takes on a gang of modern day cattle rustlers. Donald "Red" Barry plays Dan Reilly, a newspaper reporter just returned to LA with his wife, photographer Margie (Marjorie Steele). Margie insists on taking pictures of everywhere they go, and so as she's walking into a butcher shop she poses for Dan - while at the same time three thugs make their way quickly out after beating up the proprietors. Soon Margie and Dan are involved in investigating an illegal meat operation that rustles cattle and forces butchers to buy it - or else. Dan gets beaten up a couple of times, but is undaunted in pursuing the great story - and hey, he's only got 64 minutes to do so, he'd best get cracking!

Starring: Don Barry, Marjorie Steele, Steve Brodie, Marc Lawrence, Ben Welden, Sid Melton, John L. Cason, Frank Richards, Fred Kohler Jr., Michael Whalen ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1949-11-15
Best Western Movies of 1949 : El Paso
35.

El Paso

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Ex-confederate officer Clay Fletcher jumps at the chance to reunite with his once lady-friend, Susan Jeffers, when his father, Judge Fletcher, sends him on an errand to El Paso, Texas to get the signature of Susan's father, Judge Jeffers, on a legal document. Once there he finds the judge has become a drunk and a laughing stock, doing the bidding of local magnate Bert Donner and his running dog, Sheriff La Farge. Just as Clay starts straightening out the town's problems, events occur which force him to abandon the legal system and instead adopt the murderous tactics of a vigilante.

Starring: John Payne, Gail Russell, Sterling Hayden, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dick Foran, Eduardo Noriega, Henry Hull, Mary Beth Hughes, H.B. Warner, Robert Ellis ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1949-03-22
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Calamity Jane and Sam Bass
36.

Calamity Jane and Sam Bass

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Drifter Sam Bass shows up in Denton, Texas (soon to host a great horse race) looking for work. Before long, he attracts the attention of pretty storekeeper Katherine Egan (the sheriff's sister) and that wild frontiers woman, Calamity Jane. Circumstances make Sam richer by a very fast race horse. But his seemingly good luck with horses and women leads him to disaster. Will he be forced into a life of crime?

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff, Lloyd Bridges, Dorothy Hart, Willard Parker, Norman Lloyd, Marc Lawrence, Houseley Stevenson, Milburn Stone, Clifton Young ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1949-07-04
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Enter the Lone Ranger
37.

Enter the Lone Ranger

2.5
7.7/10 IMDB

The sole surviving Texas Ranger of a murderous ambush - John Reid, becomes the great masked hero. He fights for justice with his companion, Tonto.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Glenn Strange, George J. Lewis, Jack Clifford ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz Jr.
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Square Dance Jubilee
38.

Square Dance Jubilee

2.4
4.1/10 IMDB

Two talent scouts for a New York-based country music TV show called "Square Dance Jubilee" are sent out West to get authentic western singing acts. They find what they're looking for, but also get mixed up in cattle rustling and murder.

Starring: Don Barry, Mary Beth Hughes, Wally Vernon, Spade Cooley, Max Terhune, John Eldredge, Thurston Hall, Chester Clute, Tom Tyler, Tom Kennedy ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1949-11-11
Best Western Movies of 1949 : South of St. Louis
39.

South of St. Louis

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

With the advent of the American Civil War, three partners in a ranch see how this is destroyed. Needing money, will join the Confederate troops, each for their particular motivations.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone, Douglas Kennedy, Alan Hale, Victor Jory, Bob Steele, Art Smith ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1949-03-06
40.

Canadian Pacific

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad must fight fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad by stirring up Indian rebellion.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carrol Naish, Victor Jory, Nancy Olson, Robert Barrat, John Parrish, Mary Kent, Walter Sande, Don Haggerty ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1949-05-19
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Riders of the Whistling Pines
41.

Riders of the Whistling Pines

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

While trailing Forest Ranger Charles Carter, who is suspected of permitting lumber man Henry Mitchell to cut restricted timber, Gene fires at a dangerous mountain lion and apparently kills Carter. Actually, Bill Wright, Mitchell's associate, killed Carter because the ranger had discovered tussock moth infestation in the forest, and if the infestation was not reported, the trees would die and have to be cut, thereby profiting Mitchell and Wright. In order to compensate the best he can, Gene sells his sportsman's camp and gives the money to Carter's daughter Helen . En route to Texas, Gene discovers the infestation and is assigned by the Forest Department to supervise the program of spraying the area with DDT from the air. After the first day of spraying, the DDT is blamed by furious stock men for the many animals found dead of poisoning.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Patricia Barry, Jimmy Lloyd, Douglass Dumbrille, Damian O'Flynn, Clayton Moore, Leon Weaver, Harry Cheshire ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1949-03-16
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Sand
42.

Sand

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Novelist Will James, a specialist in horse stories, wrote the yarn upon which 20th Century-Fox's Sand was based. Mark Stevens plays horse breeder Jeff Keane, who loses his prize stallion in a train accident. While the stallion roams wild and free, Keane enlists the aid of rancher Joan Hartley (Coleen Gray) in searching for the animal. Once the horse is located, it is clear that it has developed a mean streak, the result of various cruelties inflicted upon it by humans. Jeff and Joan combine their efforts to regain the horse's friendship. Veteran Native American actors Iron Eyes Cody and Jay Silverheels make significant supporting appearances. Sand was attractively filmed in Technicolor on location in Colorado.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Coleen Gray, Rory Calhoun, Charley Grapewin, Robert Patten, Iron Eyes Cody, Jay Silverheels ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1949-08-03
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Big Sombrero
43.

The Big Sombrero

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America than taking care of her Mexican holdings. Gene, discovering Garland's plan to run all the Mexican rancheros off the ranch, turns against his boss and shortly finds himself in the middle of cattle stampedes and an avalanche started by Garland's men.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Elena Verdugo, Stephen Dunne, George J. Lewis, Vera Marshe, William Edmunds, Martín Garralaga, Gene Roth, Neyle Morrow ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1949-04-19
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Younger Brothers
44.

The Younger Brothers

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Brothers who rode with a notorious outlaw gang led by Frank and Jesse James decide to go straight and try to get pardons so they can return to a law-abiding life.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Janis Paige, Bruce Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Robert Hutton, Alan Hale, Fred Clark, James Brown, Monte Blue, Tom Tyler ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1949-05-03
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Call of the Forest
45.

Call of the Forest

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

A prospector is looking for a lost gold mine and finds aid in his search through the efforts of his friend, Stormcloud, whom he has aided in the past. Stormcloud gives the prospector's son a map leading to the mine in repayment for his past kindness. When a claim jumper learns about the map, he targets the prospector and his son in order to get the treasure.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Ken Curtis, Chief Thundercloud, Charlie Hughes, Martha Sherrill, Tom Hanly, Fred Gildart, Eula Guy ..
Directed by: John F. Link Sr.
Release date: 1949-11-18
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Outlaw Country
46.

Outlaw Country

2.1
6.5/10 IMDB

Lash goes south of the border looking for a counterfeiter, a kidnapped engraver and his daughter, and the mysterious Frontier Phantom, while Fuzzy St. John studies hypnotism.

Starring: Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Nancy Saunders, Dan White, John Merton, Lee Roberts, Bob Duncan, Sandy Sanders, Bob Terhune, Steve Dunhill ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1949-01-07
Best Western Movies of 1949 : The Wolf Hunters
47.

The Wolf Hunters

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

Compared to his later "A" westerns, director Oscar "Budd" Boetticher's The Wolf Hunters is often exasperatingly slow. This was the second of producer Lindsley Parson's efforts to create a series based on the Great White North yarns of James Oliver Curwood. Kirby Grant plays a Canadian Mountie who follows a fugitive to a small fur-trapping community. Most of the action is handled by Chinook, a handsome German Shepherd. Jan Clayton handles the leading-lady responsibilities, while the supporting cast includes Charles Lang and Helen Parrish, who were then husband and wife (Parrish later married TV producer John Guedel, of People are Funny and Best of Groucho fame).

Starring: Kirby Grant, Jan Clayton, Edward Norris, Helen Parrish, Charles Lang, Ted Hecht, Luther Crockett, Elizabeth Root, Chinook ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1949-10-29
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Across The Rio Grande
48.

Across The Rio Grande

2.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Outlaws attempting to kidnap Steve Blaine from a stagecoach are ran off by the sharpshooting of his sister, Sally and rescuers Jimmy Wakely and Cannonball Taylor. Steve is investigating his father's sudden death after charges of theft from the Sloan/Carson mine. Sloan is killed after Wakely learns that ore is being smuggled across the Mexican border into the mine, and then sold at the higher U.S. prices

Starring: Jimmy Wakely, Dub Taylor, Reno Browne, Riley Hill, Kenne Duncan, Ted Adams, Myron Healey, Bud Osborne, Polly Bergen, Bob Curtis ..
Directed by: Oliver Drake
Release date: 1949-05-14
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Stallion Canyon
49.

Stallion Canyon

1.9
8.3/10 IMDB

It took a lot of courage to set up a new production company devoted to "B" westerns in 1949, a year when the genre was showing signs of winding down. Filmed in Trucolor, Stallion Canyon was the maiden effort from Kanab Productions, a Utah-based organization. Former Sons of the Pioneers vocalist Ken Curtis made his starring debut in this one, playing a ranch foreman who does his best to track down a rogue stallion. The rest of the cast is comprised of unknowns, save for villains Ted Adams and Forrest Taylor. Cheaply produced, Stallion Canyon has the twin advantages of a relatively new leading man and excellent location photography.

Starring: Ken Curtis, Carolina Cotton, Shug Fisher, Forrest Taylor, Ted Adams, Billy Hammond, Roy Butler ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser
Release date: 1949-06-15
Best Western Movies of 1949 : Brand of Fear
50.

Brand of Fear

1.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Jimmy and Cannonball escort Anne Lamont, the new school teacher, to Oreville, where she is molested by two outlaws. Marshal Blackjack Flint wounds Slade, who tells Derringer that lawman Flint is wanted by the law and, unknown to Anne, is also her father. Derringer than kills Slade and begins to blackmail Flint. Jimmy and Cannonball join the fray on the side of Flint, the reformed outlaw.

Starring: Jimmy Wakely, Dub Taylor, Tom London, Gail Davis, Marshall Reed, William Guhl, Mike Ragan, Boyd Stockman, Myron Healey, Bob Curtis ..
Directed by: Oliver Drake
Release date: 1949-07-10

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