Flynn's last western sees him as a Confederate officer sent with a small group of soldiers to California, where they are supposed to meet with a powerful group of outlaws and persuade them to take the territory in the name of the Confederacy. The two groups are to meet at a hot, arid
plateau in the desert that is fraught with danger and has been the site of many skirmishes between warring Indians and Union soldiers. As Flynn and his men wait for their party, a stagecoach being attacked by Indians roars by. The Confederate soldiers repel the Indians and inside the stagecoach
find a beautiful young woman, Wymore, who was on her way to meet her fiance, Forbes, a Union Army officer. Though Flynn is quite taken with the girl, he uses her as bait to lure her fiance and his patrol into the desert in search of her. The Confederates manage to capture the Yankees, but then the
Indians launch a massive attack. Now in love with Wymore, Flynn lets her and the Union soldiers escape while he and his men engage the Indians as a diversion. Wymore does escape, but the heroic Confederates are hopelessly outnumbered and all are massacred.
Aside from the outstanding action set-pieces (the attack on the stagecoach and the final massacre), ROCKY MOUNTAIN is thin entertainment. The plot and situations are all too familiar and the performances uninspired. Western fans should note that this was the acting debut of beloved character actor
Slim Pickens (formerly Louis Lindley) who would become an icon of sorts in westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps the most notable aspect of ROCKY MOUNTAIN is that star Flynn fell head-over-heels in love with his costar Wymore (she was 24, he 41). Intrigued by her unpretentious manner, Flynn
paid close attention to the young actress and even arranged for her to share part of his large dressing room trailer (she was given a small tent by the studio). To demonstrate his affection, practical joker Flynn had her arrested for fishing in a nearby lake without a license--the whole thing was
a hoax. The pair discarded both their prospective spouses and ran off to Paris soon after the shooting was over to be married. Wymore became Mrs. Errol Flynn No. 3.
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