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Promoted as a follow-up to the popular 1939 western (which, indeed, was left wide open for a sequel in its closing scenes), Virginia City bears only surface resemblance to the earlier film. Indeed, the only discerning links between the two pictures are the western setting and the presence in the cast of Errol Flynn, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams. After escaping from a Confederate prison during the Civil War, Union officer Flynn vows to stop a $5,000,000 gold shipment from reaching the South. He is challenged by Southern sympathizer Randolph Scott, whose interest in the gold is patriotic, and by outlaw Humphrey Bogart (complete with a Mexican accent that wouldn't convince a cow), whose interests are purely mercenary. Adding spice to the proceedings is Miriam Hopkins as a dance hall chanteusse-cum-Confederate spy. Better in individual components than sum total, Virginia City pleased the crowds in 1940, assuring that the Tasmanian-born Errol Flynn would continue appearing in westerns in the future. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Errol Flynn
as Kerry Bradford
Miriam Hopkins
as Julia Hayne
Randolph Scott
as Vance Irby
Humphrey Bogart
as John Murrell
Frank McHugh
as Mr. Upjohn
Alan Hale
as Olaf "Moose" Swenson
Philip Morris
as Confederate Sentry
John Litel
as Marshall
Douglas Dumbrille
as Maj. Drewery
Moroni Olsen
as Dr. Cameron
Russell Hicks
as Armistead
Frank Wilcox
as Union Soldier
Russell Simpson
as Gaylord
Victor Kilian
as Abraham Lincoln
Charles B. Middleton
as Jefferson Davis
Sam McDaniel
as Sam
Monte Montague
as Stage driver
Bud Osborne
as Stage Driver
Lane Chandler
as Soldier clerk
Trevor Bardette
as Fanatic
Edward Keane
as Officer
George Regas
as Half-breed
Thurston Hall
as Gen. Meade
Charles Trowbridge
as Seddon
Howard Hickman
as Gen. Page
Charles Halton
as Ralston
Roy Gordon
as Maj. Gen. Taylor
Ward Bond
as Sgt. Sam McDaniel
Spencer Charters
as Bartender
George Guhl
as Bartender
Eddie Parker
as Lieutenant
William Hopper
as Lieutenant
Paul Fix
as Murrell's henchman
Walter Miller
as Sergeant
Reed Howes
as Sergeant
George Reeves
as Telegrapher
Wilfred Lucas
as Southerner
Brandon Tynan
as Trenholm
Tom Dugan
as Spieler
Harry Cording
as Scarecrow
Yakima Canutt
as Stunts
Wilfred Lucas
as Southerner
Thurston Hall
as Gen. Meade
Trevor Bardette
as Fanatic
Reed Howes
as Sergeant
Paul Fix
as Murrell's henchman
Spencer Charters
as Bartender
Harry Cording
as Scarecrow
Howard Hickman
as Gen. Page
Roy Gordon
as Maj. Gen. Taylor
Monte Montague
as Stage driver
Charles Halton
as Ralston
Charles Trowbridge
as Seddon
Lane Chandler
as Soldier clerk
Tom Dugan
as Spieler
George Guhl
as Bartender
Walter Miller
as Sergeant
George Reeves
as Telegrapher
Ward Bond
as Sgt. Sam McDaniel
William Hopper
as Lieutenant
Sam McDaniel
as Sam
Brandon Tynan
as Trenholm
Eddie Parker
as Lieutenant
Edward Keane
as Officer
Bud Osborne
as Stage Driver
George Regas
as Half-breed

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Norman Reilly Raine
Screenwriter
Howard Koch
Screenwriter
Robert Buckner
Screen Story
Robert Buckner
Screenwriter
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
George J. Amy
Editor
Hal B. Wallis
Executive Producer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
Sherry Shourds
First Assistant Director
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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