Denver and Rio Grande (film)

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Denver and Rio Grande
Denver and Rio Grande VideoCover.jpeg
Directed by Byron Haskin
Produced by Nat Holt
Harry Templeton
Written by Frank Gruber
Starring Edmond O'Brien
Sterling Hayden
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by Stanley E. Johnson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 16, 1952 (1952-05-16)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.18 million (US rentals)[1]

Denver and Rio Grande is a western film, directed by Byron Haskin and released by Paramount Pictures in 1952.

The film is a dramatization of the building of the Denver and Rio Grande railway, which was chartered in 1870. It was filmed on location on the actual railway near Durango, Colorado. The main character, Jim Vesser (Edmond O'Brien), and his workers are trying to build part of the railroad line through the Rocky Mountains, but their rivals try to stop them.

The film's storyline is recognized to be a fictional account with the basic premise centered on the factual "Royal Gorge War" between the D&RG and AT&SF during 1878 to 1880.[citation needed] The film includes a head on collision of two Denver and Rio Grande locomotives that were slated for retirement and scrapping.


Home media[edit]

The film was originally released on VHS on November 11, 1998. DVD and Blu-ray issues were released on May 29, 2012.


  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953

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