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Sin Town (1942)

Two con artists arrive in a western boom town that they think is ripe for the pickings, only to get swindled themselves.


Ray Enright


Scott Darling (original screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling), Gerald Geraghty (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Constance Bennett ... Kye Allen
Broderick Crawford ... Dude McNair
Patric Knowles ... Wade Crowell
Anne Gwynne ... Laura Kirby
Leo Carrillo ... Angelo Collina
Andy Devine ... 'Judge' Eustace Vale
Ward Bond ... Rock Delaney
Arthur Aylesworth ... Sheriff Bagby
Ralf Harolde ... 'Kentucky'Jones
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... 'Dry-Hole'
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Hollister
Hobart Bosworth ... Humiston
Bryant Washburn ... Anderson
Jack Mulhall ... Hanson


Conman Dude McNair and his girl arrive in Carsin Town to find they have been sold worthless oil wells. The place is thriving and Dude soon eases himself in as half owner of a saloon. But his partner is playing a cagey and more deadly game. He is in jail so any lawlessness will be blamed on McNair. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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saloon | partner | oil | oil well | jail | See All (52) »


TOUGHER THAN THE BARBARY COAST!...Fortunes made at the Spin of a drill...and lost at the spit of a gun! (original poster) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terra Selvagem See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in A Little Romance (1979) See more »

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Sin Town
23 October 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

That's the pure Universal Studios western of this era, the forties, in the line of those westerns starring John Wayne in his early years and Marlene Dietrich - THE SPOILERS, PITTSBURG. I mean not open spaces westerns but rather town westerns, actually not the kind of John Ford's features. Don't expect to see in those forties Universal westerns the same kind of stuff the studio will give us a decade later with Jimmy Stewart or Audie Murphy's movies. That kind of "smooth" western makes me think of some Republic Studio kind too, which took place mostly in cabarets or saloons with of course always bad guys and gunfights, but with always a bit of comedy and burlesque. That said, I am surprised that no one has commented this film yet. It's very pleasing, entertaining; with a over the top Broderick - machine gun talking - Crawford. A terrific actor at his top here. A pure delight for western lovers. But I prefer the fifties; that's only a matter of taste. Enjoy.

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