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A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 19 May 1950 (USA)
In 1876 Colorado, the Tomahawk and Western Railroad is expanding through the Rockies, but some stagecoach operators, fearing a loss of revenue, plan to sabotage the railroad.


Richard Sale
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Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... Johnny Behind-the-Deuces
Anne Baxter ... Kit Dodge Jr.
Rory Calhoun ... Dakota
Walter Brennan ... Terence Sweeny
Charles Kemper ... Chuckity
Connie Gilchrist ... Madame Adelaide
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Sad Eyes
Will Wright ... Marshal Kit Dodge
Chief Yowlachie ... Pawnee
Victor Sen Yung ... Long Time


In 1876, Dawson wants to prevent a train from getting to Tomahawk, Colorado on time, to keep it from competing with his stagecoach line. Kit, who must get the train to its goal, forces Johnny aboard as the needed passenger. Madame Adelaide's showgirls (including Marilyn as Clara) ride along and, en route to Tomahawk, join Johnny in "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are". Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Music | Western


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Marilyn Monroe, who plays one of the chorus girls, was seeing (on the side) one of the extras on the set at the time of production. This extra, named Berry, was also the film's uncredited still photographer. This was verified during the episode of American Pickers: Pickers Like it Hot (2019). Old photos that were discovered during the "pick" with the son of the photographer confirm Marilyn was going out with this photographer named Berry. See more »


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Amiable Comedy Western.
4 January 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Not a great deal to write home about here, this is safe, at times bright, but instantly forgettable fare. The plot basically revolves around a group of honest do good folk trying to get the monopoly on the transport rights by getting their train to an appointed destination in Colorado on time. Naturally the bad guy stagecoach owner wants to stop them, thus no threat to his money maker you see, so the good folk led by Kit Dodge Jr (a sort of Virginal Calamity Jane) have to contend with his underhand tricks and of course the peril provided by Indian raids.

Anne Baxter (Kit) is as cute as a button and most agreeable in the piece, the role is a sort of comedy version of her excellent serious role as Constance Mae 'Mike' in 1948s wonderful Yellow Sky. Joining Anne for this frothy train romp is Dan Dailey, Rory Calhoun and the always watchable Walter Brennan, whilst a mention has to be made that Marilyn Monroe appears in an uncredited role, see if you can spot her? Western purists will no doubt be lifted by the fact that Tonto himself (Chief Thundercloud) also appears, tho it has to be said that he looks rather bemused by it all. 5/10

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Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sheriff's Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Silverton, Colorado, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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