Cattle Drive 1951 Joel McCrea Western
Stars: Joel McCrea, Dean Stockwell, Chill Wills
The spoiled young son of a wealthy railroad owner manages to get himself lost in the middle of nowhere. He is found by a cowboy on a cattle drive and the lad must start learning the hard lessons of working in a team if he wants to make it to San Diego.
This a neat, colorful “Captains Courageous” variation, with veteran Joel McCrea and youngster Dean Stockwell combining really well. The moralizing and the sentimentality are underplayed and the action is excitingly staged by underrated director Kurt Neumann. All in all this oater is well worth catching.
Because the basic story was so nice, this new film couldn’t help but work as well – which it did, thanks to some excellent performances by Stockwell, McCrea and Chill Wills. By the way, the ending of Cattle Drive is very, very, very different from Captains Courageous!
Trivia: This was Dean Stockwell’s last film as a child actor. His next appearance on the big screen would be five years later.
- Director: *Kurt Neumann
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co: Universal International Pictures (UI)
- Run time: 77 minutes
- Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
- Color: Color (Technicolor)
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Video Sample from Cattle Drive
*Kurt Neumann was also the director of The Fly.
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Joel McCrea Movies Available
- 1932 – The Most Dangerous Game
- 1937 – Wells Fargo
- 1946 – Virginian, The
- 1947 – Ramrod
- 1948 – Four Faces West
- 1950 – Saddle Tramp
- 1953 – The Lone Hand
- 1954 – Black Horse Canyon
- 1955 – Stranger on Horseback
- 1957 – Trooper Hook
- 1958 – Frenchie
- 1958 – Cattle Empire
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