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
6.8/10 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
7.2/10 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
4.

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 : Only the Valiant
5.

Only the Valiant

3.3
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
6.

Across the Wide Missouri

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

In the 1830's beaver trapper Flint Mitchell and other white men hunt and trap in the then unnamed territories of Montana and Idaho. Flint marries a Blackfoot woman as a way to gain entrance into her people's rich lands, but finds she means more to him than a ticket to good beaver habitat.

Starring: Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolphe Menjou, J. Carrol Naish, Jack Holt, Alan Napier, George Chandler, Richard Anderson, María Elena Marqués ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1951-10-01
Best Western Movies of 1951 : Little Big Horn
7.

Little Big Horn

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Two cavalry officers (Lloyd Bridges, John Ireland) lead a patrol to warn Gen. Custer about an ambush.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, John Ireland, Marie Windsor, Reed Hadley, Jim Davis, Wally Cassell, Hugh O'Brian, King Donovan, Richard Emory, John Pickard ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1951-06-15
Best Western Movies of 1951 : The Longhorn
8.

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
Best Western Movies of 1951 : The Secret of Convict Lake
9.

The Secret of Convict Lake

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

After a group of convicts escapes from prison, they take refuge in the wilderness. While most of the crew are ruthless sociopaths, Jim Canfield is an innocent man who was jailed under false pretenses. When Canfield and his fellow fugitives reach an isolated farming settlement where the men are all away, it creates tension with the local women. Things get more dire when rumors of hidden money arise, and Canfield discovers that the man who framed him is part of the community.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore, Zachary Scott, Ann Dvorak, Barbara Bates, Cyril Cusack, Richard Hylton, Helen Westcott, Jeanette Nolan ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1951-08-03
Best Western Movies of 1951 : In Old Amarillo
10.

In Old Amarillo

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A drought is about to end the cattle business. The owner of a canning factory wants to buy all the remaining cattle cheap. He plans to ruin the cattlemen's plans to ship water by train and to seed the clouds for rain. Roy is sent by a packing house to investigate.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Estelita Rodriguez, Penny Edwards, Pinky Lee, Roy Barcroft, Pierre Watkin, Kenneth Howell, Elisabeth Risdon, William Holmes ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1951-05-15

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