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Streets of Laredo (1949)

Passed | | Western | 27 May 1949 (USA)
An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies.

Director:

Leslie Fenton

Writers:

Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Louis Stevens (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Jim Dawkins
Macdonald Carey ... Lorn Reming
Mona Freeman ... Rannie Carter
William Bendix ... Reuben 'Wahoo' Jones
Stanley Ridges ... Major Bailey
Alfonso Bedoya ... Charley Calico
Ray Teal ... Henchman Cantrel
Clem Bevans ... Pop Lint
James Bell ... Ike
Dick Foote ... Texas Ranger Pipes
Joe Dominguez Joe Dominguez ... Texas Ranger Francisco
Grandon Rhodes ... Phil Jessup
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Mayor Towson
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Storyline

Texas, 1878: cheerful outlaw-buddies Jim, Lorn and Wahoo rescue spunky orphan Rannie Carter from rustling racketeers, then are forced to separate. Lorn goes on to bigger and better robberies, while Jim and Wahoo are (at first reluctantly) maneuvered into joining the Texas Rangers. For friendship's sake, the three try to keep out of direct conflict, but a showdown begins to look inevitable. And Rannie, now grown into lovely young womanhood, must choose between Lorn and Jim. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

No man can kill a Texas Ranger... and get away with it! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Todesreiter von Laredo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,472,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. Considered a centerpiece of the Paramount Film Library, Its initial telecasts took place in San Francisco Thursday 8 January 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Seattle 30 January 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Chicago Thursday 5 February 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Friday 6 February 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Asheville 22 March 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Milwaukee 6 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 11 April 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Grand Rapids 4 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Pittsburgh 5 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Indianapolis 29 September 1959 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Omaha 3 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), simultaneously in both Detroit and Johnstown 9 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2) and WJAC (Channel 6), and in Toledo 14 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11). At this time, color broadcasting was still in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so most vintage film showings were still in B&W, excluding WFBM, an NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, who broadcast this one in color. Otherwise, viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. Happily, today's televiewers can now enjoy it, fully restored to its original Technicolor grandeur on the Western Channel. See more »

Goofs

The year is 1878 but Mona Freeman, 70 years ahead of her time, flaunts an up-to-the-minute blonde 1948 bobbed hair style. See more »

Quotes

Rannie Carter: He wasn't much of a hand at nothing but a jug. But he was decent enough to me. I sure hope there's plenty of filled-up jugs wherever he's gone.
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Connections

Featured in Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

STREETS OF LAREDO
(uncredited)
Traditional
New Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Dick Foote with chorus
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An exceptional western...
26 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Paramount's remake of their own 1936 western "The Texas Rangers" has three small-time stagecoach robbers separated after tangling with a sniveling extortionist and his cohorts in 1879 Texas; two of the men inadvertently join the Texas Rangers and find that working for the right side of the law really suits them, while the third man becomes a notorious outlaw. Despite some confusion in the character motivations and loyalties, this is an astute, absorbing drama with beautiful photography and solid performances. Who would've ever guessed Macdonald Carey could be a worthy opponent for William Holden? Dressed all in black, with a smug expression and heavy-lidded eyes, Carey is a surprisingly formidable villain. Holden, despite several sigh-heavy movie star close-ups, is very convincing with a gun and a horse; his character's playing both sides, while also falling for tomboyish Mona Freeman, provides the heart of the story, and Holden is never less than exciting to watch. Extremely well-directed by Leslie Fenton, with fine supporting work by William Bendix and a bouncy score by Victor Young. *** from ****


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