Best Western Movies of 1950


Winchester '73


Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old quarrel, while the rifle keeps changing hands and touching a number of lives.

Starring: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Millard Mitchell
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1950-07-12

Rio Grande


Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in fifteen years), Trooper Jeff Yorke, is one of 18 recruits sent to the regiment.

Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey, Jr.
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1950-11-15

The Gunfighter


The fastest gun in the West tries to escape his reputation.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, Karl Malden
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1950-06-23

Annie Get Your Gun


This film adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic musical stars Betty Hutton as gunslinger Annie Oakley, who romances fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler (Howard Keel) as they travel with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Previously off target when it comes to love, Annie proves you can get a man with a gun in this battle-of-the-sexes extravaganza, which features timeless numbers like "Anything You Can Do" and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Starring: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish, Edward Arnold
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1950-05-01

The Furies


A New Mexico cattle man and his strong-willed daughter clash over the man's choice for a new bride. Things get worse when the elder man has his daughter's lover hanged. With the help of an old flame, a gambler, the daughter puts into motion a plan to drive her father from his estate.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Gilbert Roland
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1950-08-16

Devil's Doorway


A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson, James Mitchell
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1950-09-15

The Baron of Arizona

The Baron of Arizona
The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the girl and presses his claim to the entire Arizona territory.
Starring: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff, Beulah Bondi, Reed Hadley
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1950-03-04

Stars in My Crown


The story of a young pastor coming to a small town in the United States to set up his ministry. The movie tells of the various relationships and struggles he goes through as he goes about raising his family and preaching to the community.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale, Lewis Stone
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1950-05-11

Broken Arrow


Indian scout Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) is sent out to stem the war between the Whites and Apaches in the late 1870s. He learns (through an uncomfortably close encounter) that the Indians kill only to protect themselves, or out of retaliation for white atrocities.

Starring: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael, Will Geer
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1950-08-01

Wagon Master

Wagon Master
Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.
Starring: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey, Jr., Ward Bond, Charles Kemper
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1950-04-19



Land, a family, a future. They're "dreams, fried up, short order" for Blayde Hollister (Gary Cooper). Rightly or wrongly, this ex-Confederate from Georgia has waged his own war to settle past injustices. Now he's a wanted man. And he can feel the law closing in on him. Posing as a Boston dandy, he comes to the boom town with a gun and a plan: to smoke out the notorious Marlow brothers (including Steve Cochran and Raymond Massey), then give 'em a whiff of gunsmoke. Director Stuart Heisler (Along Came Jones) keeps the pace flowing like the local saloon's liquor. Max Steiner's score gallops like a hell-for-leather posse and screenwriter John Twist fires scene after scene with lines like "you'll get your pockets picked in a graveyard". Dallas, here we come!

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Barbara Payton
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1950-12-30

Fancy Pants


An American actor, impersonating an English butler, is hired by a rich woman from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter. The complications increase when the town believes the actor/butler to be an earl and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit.

Starring: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Lea Penman, Jack Kirkwood
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1950-07-19

The Outriders


Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders" (escorts) for a civilian wagon train that will be secretly transporting Union gold from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to St. Louis, Missouri. The three men are to lead the wagons into a raider trap in Missouri, but one of them starts to have misgivings....

Starring: Joel McCrea, Arlene Dahl, Barry Sullivan, Claude Jarman Jr., Ramon Novarro
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1950-03-01

Saddle Tramp

Saddle Tramp
Carefree Chuck Connor is on his way west and stops off to see an old friend and his four lads. When his host is killed in a riding accident Chuck realises he must take care of the family. They hit the road and he takes a job on a ranch, but he has to keep the children hidden as his boss hates kids. There's also tension with the neighbouring ranch, and when a girl on the run from her nasty uncle joins the family unannounced Chuck wonders what he has done to deserve all this.
Starring: Joel McCrea, Wanda Hendrix, John Russell, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1950-09-21

Punchy Cowpunchers

Punchy Cowpunchers
It is the old west and the Dillon clan are making life miserable for a small Western town. Sweetheart Nell (Christine McIntyre) and her dashing but dimwitted boyfriend Elmer (Jock Mahoney) rushes off to find help. Meanwhile, cavalrymen the Stooges are making life miserable for superior, Sergeant Mullins (Dick Wessel). Mullins tries to whip the boys into shape, but his plan backfire and has a run-in with his superior, Captain Daley (Emil Sitka). Daley informs Mullins about the Dillion clan's evildoings, and needs some men to run them out of town. Mullins does not miss a beat, and volunteers the unsuspecting Stooges.
Starring: Shemp Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Jock Mahoney, Christine McIntyre
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1950-01-05

Rock Island Trail

Rock Island Trail
A greedy businessman tries to block the building of a new railroad in his area.
Starring: Forrest Tucker, Bruce Cabot, Adele Mara, Lorna Gray, Chill Wills
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1950-05-18


Western remake of Jack London's The Sea Wolf. A sadistic mining camp owner "hires" scoundrels to work the mine. He just won't let them quit.
Starring: Dane Clark, Raymond Massey, Ruth Roman, Robert Douglas, Morgan Farley
Directed by: Peter Godfrey
Release date: 1950-03-24

Trigger, Jr.

Trigger, Jr.
Evil Grant Withers lets a killer horse loose to ruin valuable horses on nearby ranches. He hopes to shake down the ranchers for his "protection". Roy tracks down the bad guys, but is suddenly trapped by them. Peter Miles, a boy terrified of horses, overcomes his fear and rides for help to save the day.
Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Gordon Jones, Pat Brady
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1950-06-30


Ring Hassard and his father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie as Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. Things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who is a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards (who others would prefer dead).
Starring: Wanda Hendrix, Audie Murphy, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1950-06-01

The Traveling Saleswoman

The Traveling Saleswoman
The daughter of a soap manufacturer heads to the wild and woolly west to sell her daddy's product.
Starring: Joan Davis, Andy Devine, Adele Jergens, Joe Sawyer, Harry Hayden
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1950-02-15

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