Best Western Movies of 1951

1.

Westward the Women

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

In a time when "The West" pretty much ends in Texas and only California is slowly being populated by the white men, there's a severe lack of women among the workers on Roy Whitman's farm in the California Valley. So he goes back east to Chicago to recruit 150 women willing to become wives for his employees. From the candidates he selects 138 who seem able to survive a months long journey across "The Great American Desert" and the Rocky Mountains. Written by Tom Zoerner

Starring: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, John McIntire, Julie Bishop, Lenore Lonergan, Henry Nakamura, Marilyn Erskine, Beverly Dennis, Renata Vanni ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1951-12-31
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Along the Great Divide
2.

Along the Great Divide

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

New Federal marshal Len Merrick saves Tim Keith from lynching at the hands of the Roden clan, and hopes to get him to Santa Loma for trial. Vindictive Ned Roden, whose son Ed was killed, still wants personal revenge, and Tim would like to escape before Ned catches up with him again. Can the marshal make it across the desert with Tim and his daughter? Even if he makes it, will justice be served?

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, Walter Brennan, Ray Teal, Hugh Sanders, Morris Ankrum, James Anderson ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1951-06-02
3.

Rawhide

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Not a Rowdy Yates in sight in this western set in a stop over for the California to St Louis mail stagecoach run. The two staff are warned that four dangerous outlaws are in the area, and together with a female stage passenger and her baby they wait patiently for the word to go round that these men have been caught. Can you guess where the outlaws decide to hide out while they plan a large gold robbery? What follows is a film that concentrates on small details (like attempts to slip a warning note to a passing stage, or to reach a hidden gun that the bad guys don't know about) as the captives try anything to get away from the outlaws.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Elam, George Tobias, Jeff Corey, James Millican, Louis Jean Heydt ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-03-25
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Only the Valiant
4.

Only the Valiant

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Only the Valiant, a classic western adventure, based on a novel by Charles Marquis Warren, the film tells the story of a Cavalry officer who volunteers for a suicidal mission to fight the hostile Apaches in an effort to prove his loyalty to his men and the woman he loves.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, Gig Young, Neville Brand, Lon Chaney Jr., Jeff Corey, Warner Anderson, Steve Brodie, Dan Riss ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1951-04-13
5.

Distant Drums

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety

Starring: Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal, Arthur Hunnicutt, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1951-12-25
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Man in the Saddle
6.

Man in the Saddle

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A small farmer and rancher is being harassed by his mighty and powerfull neighbour. When the neighbour even hires gunmen to intimidate him he has to defend himself and his property by means of violence.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew, Alexander Knox, Richard Rober, John Russell, Alfonso Bedoya, Guinn Williams, Clem Bevans, Cameron Mitchell ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1951-12-02
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Merry Mavericks
7.

Merry Mavericks

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Set in the old west, the stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The boys then get the job of guarding some money in an old house reputed to be haunted by the ghost of an Indian Chief. The crooks escape and go after the money disguised as ghosts, but Shemp, disguised as the Indian Chief, manages to knock them out.

Starring: Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Marion Martin, Paul Campbell, Don C. Harvey ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1951-09-06
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Fort Worth
8.

Fort Worth

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Ex-gunfighter Ned Britt returns to Fort Worth after the civil war to help run a newspaper which is against ambitious men and their schemes for control.

Starring: Randolph Scott, David Brian, Phyllis Thaxter, Helena Carter, Dickie Jones, Ray Teal, Michael Tolan, Paul Picerni, Emerson Treacy, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1951-07-14
9.

Vengeance Valley

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

A cattle baron takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. As they get older the resentment festers into hatred, and eventually the real son frames his stepbrother for fathering an illegitimate child that is actually his, seeing it as an opportunity to get his half-brother out of the way so he can have his father's empire all to himself.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland, Carleton Carpenter, Ray Collins, Ted de Corsia, Hugh O'Brian, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1951-02-14
Best Western Movies of 1951 : The Longhorn
10.

The Longhorn

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A double-crossing cowboy and his gang of henchmen steal cattle, even from friends, in this classic Western.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Myron Healey, Phyllis Coates, I. Stanford Jolley, Lane Bradford, John Hart, Marshall Reed, William Fawcett, Lee Roberts, Carol Henry ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1951-11-25

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