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Albuquerque is a 1948 American Cinecolor Western film directed by Ray Enright and starring Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George Gabby Hayes, and Lon Chaney, Jr. Based on the novel Dead Freight for Piute by Luke Short, with a screenplay by Gene Lewis and Clarence Upson Young, the film is about a man who is recruited by his corrupt uncle to inherit his freight-hauling empire in the southwest, and who eventually defects to his uncle s honest business rival.


During a stagecoach holdup, Celia Wallace is robbed of $10,000 and little Myrtle Walton is saved from the runaway horses by a passenger, Cole Armin.

Celia is grateful until she learns Cole is coming to Albuquerque to work for his uncle, John Armin, a ruthless freight-line owner who stops at nothing to put competitors Celia and her brother Ted out of business.

Concluding that his uncle was even behind the robbery, Cole switches sides to work for the Wallaces. Armin uses a woman, Letty Tyler, to spy on his adversaries, but she resents being used when a mine is blown up and Ted is wounded by gunfire.

Cole is framed for arson and jailed. Celia, who loves him, turns against Cole until his acquittal, when Letty explains that John Armin is the man responsible. After an ambush, Cole has to shoot the corrupt sheriff and another gunman, and before the Cavalry finally arrives, John Armin is dealt with as well.


  • Randolph Scott as Cole Armin
  • Barbara Britton as Letty Tyler
  • George Gabby Hayes as Juke
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. as Steve Murkil
  • Russell Hayden as Ted Wallace
  • Catherine Craig as Celia Wallace
  • George Cleveland as John Armin
  • Irving Bacon as Dave Walton
  • Bernard Nedell as Sheriff Ed Linton
  • Karolyn Grimes as Myrtle Walton
  • Russell Simpson as Abner Huggins
  • Jody Gilbert as Pearl Eager
  • John Halloran as Matt Wayne
  • Dan White as Henchman Jackson
  • Walter Baldwin as Judge Fred Martin


The film was based on the Luke Short novel, Dead Freight for Piute published in 1941. The New York Times called it a stirring tale .

Film rights went to William Pine and William Thomas who ran Pine-Thomas Productions. In January 1946 it was reported Clarence Young was writing the script which would be called The Last Frontier and Johnny Weissmuller would star. By March the project was retitled Albuquerque and it was reported Pine and Thomas were looking for a big time star . In August 1946 Randolph Scott signed to star. Pine-Thomas specialised in low budget films, but in December they formed a separate company, Clarion, to make one expensive film a year. Albuquerque was to be its first.

Arlee Whelan was originally announced for the lead. The following month she was withdrawn for another film and replaced by Barbara Britton.

Albuquerque was filmed on location at Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California, and in Sedona, Arizona.

Britton later sued Paramount for $100,000 over the size of her billing.


The film was a success at the box office, earning almost $2 million.

Year 1948
ReleaseDate 1948-02-20
RuntimeMins 90
RuntimeStr 1h 30min
Plot Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.
Directors Ray Enright
Writers Luke Short, Gene Lewis, Clarence Upson Young
Stars Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes
Produced by William H. Pine,William C. Thomas
Music by Darrell Calker
Cinematography by Fred Jackman Jr.
Film Editing by Howard A. Smith
Art Direction by Frank Paul Sylos
Set Decoration by Harry Reif,Vin Taylor
Makeup Department Vern Murdock
Production Management L.B. Merman
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Howard Pine
Sound Department Earl Sitar
Stunts Chuck Roberson,Sailor Vincent
Camera and Electrical Department Kenneth Green,Ed Henderson,George Hill
Costume and Wardrobe Department Mona Barry,Jack Masters
Music Department David Chudnow
Script and Continuity Department Frances Steens
Additional Crew Gar Gilbert
Genres Western
Companies Pine-Thomas Productions
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating Passed
ImDbRating 6.6
ImDbRatingVotes 706
Keywords freight company,freight line,albuquerque new mexico,water well,reference to damon and pythias