A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... James 'Stretch' Dawson
Anne Baxter ... Constance Mae 'Mike'
Richard Widmark ... Dude
Robert Arthur ... Bull Run
John Russell ... Lengthy
Harry Morgan ... Half Pint (as Henry Morgan)
James Barton ... Grandpa
Charles Kemper ... Walrus
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Storyline

A band of bank robbers on the run from a posse flee into the desert. Near death from lack of water they stumble into what appears to be a ghost town, only to discover an old prospector and his granddaughter living there. The robbers discover that the old man has been mining gold and set out to make a quick fortune by robbing the pair. Their plan runs foul when the gang leader, Stretch, falls for the granddaughter, which sets off a showdown between the entire gang. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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It was as if the YELLOW SKY had sought them out... where fate had forgotten them and life had left them behind! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

William Wellman said that Anne Baxter hated Gregory Peck on the set, but he never explained why. He warned Peck that Baxter would hurt him if they had to fight each other. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when the gang robs the bank, as they ride out of town they are seen and heard firing their guns numerous times. In the immediate next scene, as they are riding toward the camera, a puff of pistol smoke is seen rising in the air from a rider whose arm is held toward the sky. However, unlike all the shots in the town, no sound is heard. See more »

Quotes

Dude: Well, I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of all this robbery business. I've got a bullet floating around in me, right here. Some tinhorn gambler who yelled like a stuck pig because he dropped a few hundred dollars. Claimed he'd been cheated. Which he had, but that's neither here nor there. I don't know if I ever told you but I used to have a big faro layout in San Juan. Best-looking woman in camp waiting on me hand and foot. Then bang - along comes this tinhorn, puts a ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The West - 1867 See more »

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Version of Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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I'm Sad and I'm Lonely
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Performed by Charles Kemper
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A rare gem of a western that never really got its due appreciation.
16 February 2000 | by TheHGSee all my reviews

This western has adventure, romance, passion, and a very heartwarming ending. The stars, Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter, have great chemistry and their acting is just wonderful. Anne Baxter is feisty and really shines in this movie. Although the movie is over half a century old, it is nonetheless very entertaining and delivers on all fronts.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yellow Sky See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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