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The Outriders (1950)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 1 March 1950 (USA)
In 1865, three escaped Confederate POWs are coerced into joining an offshoot of Quantrill's raiders who are planning to rob a Union gold shipment concealed in a civilian wagon train going from Santa Fe to St. Louis.


Roy Rowland


Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Irving Ravetch (story)

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Joel McCrea ... Will Owen
Arlene Dahl ... Jen Gort
Barry Sullivan ... Jesse Wallace
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Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from Camp Benton, a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to to go to Santa Fe to join a civilian wagon train that will be secretly transporting $1miilion in Union gold to St. Louis, Missouri. The three men are to lead the wagons into a raider trap at Cow Creek in Missouri, but one of them builds friendships with the wagon train travelers and a widow and he continues to have doubts and misgivings.. Written by Mister-UHF

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M-G-M's NEW TECHNICOLOR ADVENTURE ROMANCE! (original print ad - all caps)


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Staub See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA


Box Office


$1,621,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,540,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,179,000, 31 December 1950
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Finnish censorship certificate register #32330 delivered on 31-8-1950. See more »

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Some Surprises
31 May 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Confederate prison escapees plan to hi-jack a Union gold shipment and divert it to the South. Priorities, however, are complicated by a key rivalry over a girl and a temptation to just keep the riches for themselves.

Better than average Technicolor western. For once, MGM's tendency to over-produce its horse operas gives way to a wise use of money for a western. Happily, glamour and glitz are kept in check, except for actress Dahl. Still, her wardrobe for a wagon train is not too outlandish. Instead, the production makes excellent use of its scenic Kanab, Utah, locations, along with a fine A-list cast and enough extras to make the battle scenes interesting.

What grabbed me, however, are two storyline surprises that defy expectations. Plus, for once, battles don't just unfold willy-nilly, instead Owen (McCrea) thinks along tactical lines to gain an advantage. Sure, a hi-jacked gold shipment and a rivalry between sometime buddies (McCrea & Sullivan) are familiar plot devices. Nonetheless, it's a better-than-average script, with several good touches (e.g. Sullivan's loaded gun at the end).

That river-crossing scene is clearly the movie's centerpiece and is impressively done. The torrent is big and bad enough to make the fording a genuine nail-biter. I'm guessing those were not easy scenes to film.

Anyway, it's a fine McCrea western even though he gets less focal time than usual.

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