Stand Up and Fight [DVD] [English] [1939]

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Stand Up and Fight
Directed with customary haste by Woody Van Dyke, Stand Up and Fight is an excellent dual vehicle for veteran Wallace Beery and up-and-coming Robert Taylor. Set in the American west in the mid-19th century, the story concerns the efforts of empire-building Blake Cantrell (Taylor) to construct a railroad across the wide open spaces. Cantrell is faced with obstacles at every turn, none more obstreperous than stagecoach-line owner Captain Boss Starkey (Beery), The film traces Cantrell's progress from drunken roisterer to pioneering visionary, and Starkey's parallel transition from deadly foe to trusted friend. The villlain of the piece is slave-trader Arnold (Charles Bickford), who exploits his friendship with Starkey to Cantrell's disadvantage. Romance enters the picture in the form of Southern belle Susan Griffith (Florence Rice), who has almost nothing to do but look demure and lovely in a series of attractive period costumes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wallace Beery
    Wallace Beery - Capt. Boss Starkey
  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylor - Blake Cantrell
  • Florence Rice
    Florence Rice - Susan Griffith
  • Helen Broderick
    Helen Broderick - Amanda Griffith
  • Charles Bickford
    Charles Bickford - Arnold
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