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Under Western Skies (1945)

In a film that was closer to being a "sanitized" version of and contained more elements akin to Mae West's and W.C. Fields' "My Little Chickadee" than it did from anything John Ford had ... See full summary »


Jean Yarbrough


Stanley Roberts (screenplay), Clyde Bruckman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Martha O'Driscoll ... Katie Wells
Noah Beery Jr. ... Tod Howell
Leo Carrillo ... King Carlos Randall
Leon Errol ... Willie Wells
Irving Bacon ... Sheriff James Whitcolm Wyatt
Ian Keith ... Professor Moffett
Jennifer Holt ... Charity
Edna May Wonacott Edna May Wonacott ... Faith
Earle Hodgins ... Mayor Dave Mayfield
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Barton Brother Act (as Shaw and Lee)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Barton Brother Act (as Shaw and Lee)
Dorothy Granger ... Maybelle
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Neil Mathews


In a film that was closer to being a "sanitized" version of and contained more elements akin to Mae West's and W.C. Fields' "My Little Chickadee" than it did from anything John Ford had done, or was to do, a traveling show arrives in a small Arizona town and finds much opposition from local townspeople. They plan to stage the show in the saloon and the leading lady, Katie (Martha O'Driscoll), gets involved with the local school teacher, Tod (Noah Beery, Jr). and a mysterious masked bandit, King Randall (Leo Carrillo). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

19 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor en solfa See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Nan Leslie. See more »


Referenced in Get a Life (2006) See more »


Oh, You Kid
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Sung by Dorothy Granger
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Minor oater with incidental reminders of Ford's work
1 July 2001 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

This undemanding B-western contains genial performances from Noah Beery Junior, Leon Erroll and Leo Carrillo (the latter best remembered from his work alongside Wallace Beery, in some of his underrated Westerns of the early 40's). What makes the film of more than average interest is the incidental relationship some of the elements bare to the work of John Ford: for instance, the ham Shakespeare actor recalls John Carradine's similar, albeit much more rounded and expanded, role alongside Fonda and Mature in ‘My Darling Clementine'. Not unexpectedly, Ford elevates such a character to pathos. Here the effect is one of parody. More intriguing is the plot device whereby the seven members of King's gang are killed by the school teacher (Beery), the credit for which is passed on to the infirm sheriff. Almost twenty years later, Ford was to use this device to far more significant ends in ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence'. In the later film of the deception and it's reception serves to make judgement on the passing of the old West, the value of a printed legend over a secret history. In Yarbrough's film the tension created by the wrong assignation of merit is never resolved to any such poetic effect, but left as bald fact. Co--writer Bruckman (light years away here from his part in creating some of Buster Keaton's finest films) leaves everything unresolved, just as the implications of the plot might really take off. Beery rides off cheerfully to get married to the singer, and the ex-sherriff remains basking in his undeserved glory – a result that is somewhat unnerving, to say the least, given the lie upon which his respectabililty in built on.

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