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The Barefoot Mailman (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 3 December 1951 (USA)
A 19th-century con artist flees to the wilds of Florida to elude the law.

Director:

Earl McEvoy

Writers:

Theodore Pratt (novel), James Gunn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Cummings ... Sylvanus Hurley
Jerome Courtland ... Steven Pierton
Terry Moore ... Adie Titus
John Russell ... Theron
Will Geer ... Dan Paget - Miami Mayor / Postmaster
Arthur Shields ... Ben Titus
Trevor Bardette ... Oat McCarty
Arthur Space ... Piggot
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A 19th-century con artist flees to the wilds of Florida to elude the law.

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Meet Sylvanus! Con man... Gun man... Ladies man! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strandräuber in Florida See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Palm trees, red sunsets, gator wrasslin', and Terry Moore covered in mud...
22 July 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Theodore Pratt's book becomes somewhat uncertain comedy-drama-adventure taking place in 1890 Miami, with land owner/confidence man Robert Cummings spreading word amongst the residents that a railroad will soon be running through South Florida. Jerome Courtland is the mail courier for the U.S. government who doesn't buy Cummings' story, especially after both men begin vying for the affections of runaway teen Terry Moore. Initially fluff-headed nonsense turns serious by the second half, with murderous scavengers trying to halt the progress, and swampland alligators giving everyone the bite. Cummings, talking as fast as Robert Preston in "The Music Man", looks every inch the dapper scoundrel, yet the writing doesn't give him a whole lot to work with (the script is plot-heavy without ironing out the characters). The overlit, occasionally gloppy color photography isn't helped by sequences that change from location shoots to studio replicas in the blink of an eye, and the wavering tone is disconcerting, yet director Earl McEvoy manages to keep everyone's spirits up and the picture is seldom dull. **1/2 from ****


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