Cattle Queen of Montana
|Cattle Queen of Montana|
|Directed by||Allan Dwan|
|Produced by||Benedict Bogeaus|
|Written by||Robert Blees|
|Music by||Louis Forbes|
|Editing by||Carlo Lodato|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||November 18, 1954|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris Ankrum, and the movie was directed by Allan Dwan.
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The Jones family, about to prove claim to prime Montana land, is raided by renegade Indians in league with villainous neighbor McCord, who gets most of the stolen cattle. Two survivors are helped by college-educated chief's son Colorados. Now Sierra Nevada Jones must fight for her land against legal technicalities and assorted villains. Can she gain the help of McCord's hired gun, Farrell?
- Barbara Stanwyck ... Sierra Nevada Jones
- Ronald Reagan ... Farrell
- Gene Evans ... Tom McCord
- Lance Fuller ... Colorados
- Anthony Caruso ... Natchakoa
- Jack Elam ... Yost
- Yvette Duguay ... Starfire
- Morris Ankrum ... J.I. 'Pop' Jones
- Chubby Johnson ... Nat Collins
- Myron Healey ... Hank
- Rodd Redwing ... Powhani (as Rod Redwing)
- Paul Birch ... Col. Carrington
- Byron Foulger ... Land Office Employee
- Burt Mustin ... Dan
In the Cattle Queen of Montana, one of Tom McCord's men is shot by Sierra Jones, and Farrel (Ronald Reagan's character), another of McCord's men and witness to the shooting, lies about how the altercation took place to one of the gang leaders, and leaves despite being asked to wait at the headquarters for Tom McCord to show up. In Martin Scorsese's film, The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Billy Costigan, is asked to stick around at the gang's headquarters until all of the gang member's backgrounds have been checked, but leaves anyway despite the warning. In The Departed there is also a wounded man that's discovered Costigan's identity as an undercover police officer, like that of Farrell's character of an undercover US Marshall, Costigan decides to leave the gang's headquarters, for fear that his status as an undercover agent may be uncovered.
Cattle Queen of Montana was the film playing at the Essex Theater in Hill Valley, in the film Back to the Future, on November 5, 1955.