Silver River

Synopsis: Unjustly booted out of the cavalry, Mike McComb strikes out for Nevada, and deciding never to be used again, ruthlessly works his way up to becoming one of the most powerful silver magnates in the west. His empire begins to fall apart as the other mining combines rise against him and his stubbornness loses him the support of his wife and old friends.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win.
110 min


Major Ross?


I'm major Wilson

from headquarters.

You can't take this wagon

train into the village.

Why not?

Lee has engaged our

entire army at Gettysburg.

The pay train is not

to enter the village.

Yes, sir.

Captain McComb?

You're in charge. I'm going

to reconnoiter up ahead.

You stay here with

the train. Don't move.

Saunders. Bring your men,

come with me.

They left us high and dry

with a wagon load of money.

We could start

a little poker game.

Poker? With

an army payroll? Not me.

Jeb stuart's right on this flank.

You better get out of here, captain.


Get those first two

wagons down the road.

We'll make a run for it

with the pay wagon.

Pistol, take over the wagon.

Captain, what are you

doing with that money?

That's government


I know it.

What are you going

to do with it?

Burn it.

Burn it?

Have you gone crazy?

That stuff's real.

Just as real to jeb stuart

if he got a hold of it.

It's getting

a little warm here.

Get on that

near wheel horse.

I'll pull the kingpin.

Lucky we thought

of burning that money.

We won't get anything,

but major Ross will

probably get a promotion.

He can have it.

I'd settle for a good bath.

I suppose you have an

explanation for this, captain.

Yes, sir. Enemy raiding

party nearly captured us.

But we managed

to destroy the payroll.

You mean you deliberately

set fire to it?

Speak up, captain.

Yes, sir. There

it is, or... was.

You had your orders

and disobeyed them.

Our lines were broken at

Gettysburg, I know that.

If the enemy had got

their hands on this money,

they could have kept

this war going forever.

Captain, we just learned that lee

is in retreat back to virginia.

We didn't lose

the battle, we won it.

I left captain McComb

in charge.

Told him not to move

from his position.

It seems that he took

matters into his own hands

and did, against

army regulations,

burn one million dollars of pay

of the union armies in the field.

Gentlemen of the court, we

must admit the allegations.

We have never denied the

facts as presented here,

nor that they were in violation

of the articles of war.

But I ask you to

consider the character

and record of

this officer.

Captain McComb

served under me-

therefore I know

whereof I speak.

I realize that

he was under orders,

orders not to move

from his position.

But gentlemen,

an order is not a god,

it is a guide.

This is a flagrant case of

direct and willful disobedience

of orders

and regulations.

Captain Michael McComb is to be cashiered

the service of the united states army,

forfeiting all pay

and allowances now due.

The findings and sentence

of the court have been approved

and will be duly executed,

by command of

major general howard.

Thank you, sergeant.

The war department gantry

opened your case, Mike.

I'm sorry, because I still

don't think you had it coming.


it's a hard, cruel

world, isn't it, major?

Well, I really wanted it

to work for ya, Mike.

I even saw

the adjutant general.

The adjutant general,

huh? Hmm, thanks.

I can't blame you

for feeling bitter.

Bitter? Ha ha,

I'm not bitter.

I'm grateful...

for the lesson.


Yes. I didn't follow their

rules, so they tossed me out.

But I'll follow them

from now on in...

except they're

gonna be my rules.

In other words, if there's

gonna be any shoving around,

next time I'll do it.

Anyway, thanks, major.

Well, good luck, Mike.

Come on, boys.

You lose.

This game is crooked.

I want my money back.

What do you got, only 6s

and aces under those dice?

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Stephen Longstreet

Stephen Longstreet (April 18, 1907 – February 20, 2002) was an American author. Born Chauncey (later Henri) Weiner (sometimes Wiener), he was known as Stephen Longstreet from 1939. He wrote as Paul Haggard, David Ormsbee and Thomas Burton, and Longstreet, as well as his birth name. The 1948 Broadway musical High Button Shoes was based on Longstreet's semi-autobiographical 1946 novel, The Sisters Liked Them Handsome. Under contract at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, Longstreet wrote The Jolson Story and Stallion Road, based on his novel of the same name and starring Ronald Reagan. He later wrote The Helen Morgan Story, and as a television writer in the 1950s and 1960s he wrote for Playhouse 90. Longstreet's nonfiction works include San Francisco, '49 to '06 and Chicago: 1860 to 1920, as well as A Century on Wheels, The Story of Studebaker and a Jewish cookbook, The Joys of Jewish Cooking, that he wrote with his wife and occasional collaborator, Ethel. The world of jazz was a constant theme throughout Longstreet's life. A number of his books dealt with jazz, Including Jazz From A to Z: A Graphic Dictionary, his 100th book, published in 1989. He died on February 20, 2002. more…

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