The Man from Colorado

1948

Romance / Western

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IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1641

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Director

Cast

Ray Teal as Bartender
Ray Collins as Big Ed Carter
Edgar Buchanan as Doc Merriam
Glenn Ford as Owen Devereaux
720p.BLU
901.77 MB
1280*952
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Rather original.

The film begins in the last days of the Civil War. Glenn Ford is a colonel in charge of Union troops and they've backed a company of Confederate soldiers in a canyon. The Confederates have no choice to surrender but even though Ford sees them waving the white flag through his binoculars, he pretends not to have seen it and orders an attack and the group is massacred! Then, the end of the war is announced--just after this killing.

In the next scene, Ford is asked to become a federal judge in this territory. While he says he's reluctant to take it, upon assuming the post he seems to enjoy being the same sort of martinet he was in the military--and his decisions are sometimes cruel and harsh. You also can slowly see that he's insane--a sadist and very paranoid. Ford also makes his friend (William Holden) the Marshall, but soon they are butting heads as Holden can't accept Ford's heavy-handed ways. In particular, when land is virtually stolen from soldiers who are returning from fighting for their country, Ford sides with the dishonest miners. Holden cannot understand this and this and other decisions by Ford trouble him. You know that a major showdown is going to eventually occur between the two friends.

The film is filmed in very nice 1940s Technicolor--and the DVD print was lovely. In addition, the outdoor scenes were all shot on location and the film looks nice. As for the acting, it's good--and not surprising considering Holden and Ford are in the leads. And as for the plot, it's original--and that is a rare thing with westerns! As a result it's worth seeing.

By the way, early in the film you can catch a quick glimpse of Denver Pyle in a tiny role as a Union soldier before he gained fame. In this same scene, I thought I saw Sterling Hayden playing one of the Confederate soldiers. Also, shortly after this scene, you hear everyone shouting that the war is over because Lee surrendered. However, this is inaccurate. After Lee's surrender, some Confederate forces and many of the Confederate states continued fighting for another two months. And, given that the film takes place in Colorado, the men certainly would NOT have just been sent home right away, as Texas and the western region continued seeing some minor skirmishes.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

Running Roughshod Over Due Process

Back in the day William Holden and Glenn Ford both had a unique contractual arrangement with Columbia Pictures. When unknown Bill Holden was up for the lead in Golden Boy, Harry Cohn cast him in return for Paramount selling 50% of his services to Columbia. Holden served two studio masters at the time he was making The Man from Colorado and would for another decade.

Glenn Ford was Columbia's bread and butter leading man at the time and right after The Man From Colorado, Cohn sold half of Ford's contract to MGM and Ford also had two studio masters.

What it meant for these two was that all projects had to be cleared through both studios and that Holden and Ford if they did an outside loan out would also have to be cleared from both. Not that their respective studios didn't keep both these guys very busy.

Holden and Ford had done a well received western, Texas, for Columbia back in 1941. Texas was a rather lighthearted film about two cowboys turning to different sides of the law in post Civil War Texas, though it did feature the death of one of them.

The Man from Colorado is also a story about the activities of Union Army war veterans. But The Man from Colorado doesn't have any light moments whatsoever. It's pretty grim tale about one of them developing a real taste for sadism and killing as a result of the war.

Ford's the sadist here, it's one of the few villain parts he ever did and it works I think because he is so against type. He did very few parts like this, Lust for Gold is another, but his public wouldn't accept him in these roles.

Some of the town businessmen led by Ray Collins just look at the war record and decide Ford would make one fine federal judge. A real law and order type. They get a lot more than they bargain for.

In Texas Holden had the showier role of the young cowboy who take the outlaw route. Here however he's the best friend who stands by his former commanding officer even though he both sees the man has issues and Holden loses Ellen Drew to Ford. Holden takes the outlaw path after giving up his marshal's job when Ford starts running roughshod over due process.

The other really standout performance in this film is that of James Milliken who plays one of Ford's former soldiers who turns outlaw and in fact humiliates him in one of the few funny moments in The Man From Colorado. Ford conceives a burning hate for him that results in tragedy all around.

Ford and Holden were considering another joint project in 1981 when Holden died. I would like to have seen that one come to pass.

Try to see The Man From Colorado back to back with Texas.

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 8 / 10

Another Fine Performance By Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford was as good as anyone playing an intense psychotic, which he does here in this above-average western. Ford, playing "Col.Owen Devereaux," gets elected to the position of "judge" right after his distinguished career in the Civil War. Unfortunately, he has mental problems and this position carries too much weight for an unstable sort such as him to be carrying. His best buddy, "Capt. Del Stewart" (William Holden) sees his friend as he is and tries to reason with him and help him out but winds up being alienated, too, by the paranoid judge whose problems escalate as the story goes on.

There's not a tremendous amount of action in here, but it still moves pretty fast and looks really nice on DVD. This is one of the few color films of the 1940s.

Ellen Drew, Ray Collins and Ed Buchnan provide good supporting help in the story. If you like some of the Anthony Mann-James Stewart westerns of the late '40s/early '50s, you should like this one, too.

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