Virginia City

Synopsis: During the American Civil War, Captain Kerry Bradford escapes from a notorious confederate prison. He and two of his men are sent to Virginia City where Confederate sympathizers are prepared to donate $5 million dollars to the cause of Southern independence. The war is going badly for the Confederacy and money may tip the war in their favor. On the stagecoach to Virginia City, Bradford meets and falls in love with Julia Hayne not realizing that she is one of the conspirators. When he gets to Virginia City, he also runs into Confederate Captain Vance Irby who has been sent to collect and safely deliver the gold. Irby manages to get out of the city but the Union cavalry is in hot pursue. When Bradfoed catches up with them, he not only has to fight Irby but also John Murrell, a bandit who has his own plans for the gold. He also
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Home Video
121 min

- Halt.

- Whoa.

- Have a pass?

- Yes, sir, captain.

Sam Moore.

What's your business, Sam?

Going to visit your wife?

No, sir.

I was going away from her, and fast too.

- All right. Let him through.

- Giddap, Dolly.

Step aside for the stagecoach.

Hello, Ted. How many you got?

Three, sergeant, and a lady.

Your passes, please.

Mr. Colburn, Army sutler.

Judge Hatfield.

Oh, good morning, Your Honor.

John Goodrich, merchant of Richmond.

And the lady...

...Julia Hayne, Virginia City, Nevada.

And what is your business in Richmond,

Miss Hayne?

To visit the commanding officer

at Libby Prison.

You got folks in there?

I'm a Southerner.

- The commander's my friend.

- Sorry, ma'am.

All right, gentlemen.

Thank you very much.

Go ahead, Ted. Let them through.

Let them up.

That last shift didn't do so badly.

Forty-four, 45...

...46, 47...


That means we've passed

the powder magazine.

Yeah, and it lays rights over here.

- How much further we got to dig, captain?

- Oh, about five more feet.

Only eight more hours till we're free.

Gosh, my pa must have been a beaver.

He probably was.

- Guard.

- Yes, sir?

Open up.

Captain Irby, you ain't going

in that lower-west alone.

Them Union prisoners sure is savage.

Do as I tell you

and lock the door behind me.

Yes, sir.

You. You, up.


You, on your feet.

You too.

And you.

All right, you four men, move it.

Come on, move the stove.

- Yes, sir.

- Yes, sir.

- Heave.

- Heave.

- Heave.

- Heave.

Now, clear out.

No, no. It's no use.

He wouldn't dare come alone

if they didn't know he was coming.

Now, get back

and look out for yourselves.


What are you doing?

All right, you men. Come on out.

You hear me? Come on out of there.

You made quite a bit of the headway with

your system of operation, Captain Bradford.

That tunnel wasn't a bad idea.

But I happened to learn you were digging it

three days after you started last spring.

Three months and almost 13 days.

And you let us go on working, did you?

All that time, killing ourselves,

trying to get out of that rat-hole?

You've led two other attempts

to break out of prison, Bradford... of which cost the lives

of some of my men.

Since solitary confinement means nothing to

men like you, except to make you worse...

...I thought this time

I'd let you work out your own punishment.

That was a very amusing idea, captain.

I see you've quite a sense of humor.

This time, it's final.

You and these two

know the penalty for third-escape try.

You think that'd be any worse

than rotting in this fever-hole?

If you'd like to dig further, you're welcome.

Only no matter where you come up...

...under that shed

across the vacant ground as you planned...

...or where the sewer comes into the canal,

you'll find a few bayonets waiting for you.

- That's all.

- No, no.

That's not quite all, captain.

You must allow me to thank you

for the timely warning.

And it was very gallant of you

letting us amuse ourselves in there.

And believe me,

if ever the opportunity arises...

...I'll repay you

for every foot of this tunnel, with interest.

I'll be at your service

and it'll be a pleasure.

Captain, there's a lady waiting inside.



I wondered if I'd ever see you again.

Haven't you forgotten?

Forgotten? How could I?

But I've changed.

Not to me.

And you, Vance.

What's been happening to you?

Of course, I knew you were here.

Certain people in Virginia City told me that.

That's simple enough. Here, sit down.

Thank you.

They gave me this job while

I was convalescing from Chancellorsville.

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Robert Buckner

Robert Buckner (May 28, 1906 – August, 1989) was an American film screenwriter, producer and short story writer. more…

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