biography

Born in Pasadena, California, on November 5, 1905, famed western actor Joel McCrea began pursuing an acting career while still a child. By the time he was a teenager, McCrea was working as a stunt double and extra in silent films, a vocation he continued while he attended college at Pomona. After college, McCrea gained acting experience onstage and continued appearing in silent films, usually in bit parts. His breakthrough role came in the 1929 release The Jazz Age, a starring vehicle for Douglas Fairbanks Jr; this was followed by a meatier role in Cecil B. DeMille's Dynamite (1929). In 1930, he was put under contract by RKO Radio Pictures, and the studio cast him in a string of big-budget films. Later in his career, McCrea was under contract to Paramount and Universal-International.

McCrea met fellow RKO contract player Frances Dee when they appeared in The Silver Cord (1933), and the couple married not long after filming was completed. McCrea and Dee had three children, including actor Jody McCrea, who appeared in a number of films in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bikini Beach, Muscle Beach Party, and Pajama Party.

Although Joel McCrea is now best known for his many western pictures, early in his career he was usually cast as a leading man in comedies and dramas. In fact, he didn't star in a western until he left RKO and signed with Paramount; this studio released his first western, Wells Fargo (1937; with Frances Dee and Johnny Mack Brown).

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The Common Law (1931)

Joel McCrea and Constance Bennett

With Constance Bennett in The Common Law

Bird of Paradise (1932) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Dolores del Rio and Joel McCreaDolores del Rio and Joel McCrea

With Dolores del Rio in Bird of Paradise. This film was remade in 1951 with Debra Paget

The Most Dangerous Game (1932) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Fay Wray and Joel McCrea

With Fay Wray in RKO's thriller The Most Dangerous Game

Banjo on My Knee (1936) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Katherine DeMille and Joel McCreaTony Martin, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joel McCrea

LEFT: With Katherine DeMille in Banjo on My Knee. RIGHT: With Tony Martin and frequent co-star Barbara Stanwyck

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Joel McCrea and George SandersJoel McCrea, Laraine Day, and George Sanders

LEFT: With George Sanders in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Foreign Correspondent. RIGHT: With Laraine Day and George Sanders

Sullivan's Travels (1942) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea, and Franklin PangbornVeronica Lake and Joel McCreaVeronica Lake and Joel McCrea

From Sullivan's Travels. LEFT: With Veronica Lake and Franklin Pangborn. CENTER and RIGHT: With Veronica Lake

Buffalo Bill (1944) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Joel McCrea

As William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody in Buffalo Bill

The Great Moment (1944) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

William Demarest and Joel McCrea

In the period comedy The Great Moment, William Demarest tries to help dentist Joel McCrea in his quest convince the medical community to use ether as an anesthetic

Colorado Territory (1949) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

James Mitchell, John Archer, and Joel McCreaJames Mitchell, John Archer, Joel McCrea, and Virginia Mayo

LEFT: With James Mitchell and John Archer in the Warner Bros. western Colorado Territory. RIGHT: With James Mitchell, John Archer, and Virginia Mayo

South of St. Louis (1949)

Joel McCrea and Zachary Scott

With Zachary Scott in the Warner Bros. western South of St. Louis

Cattle Drive (1951) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Dean Stockwell and Joel McCrea

With Dean Stockwell in the Universal-International release Cattle Drive

Lone Hand (1953)

Joel McCrea, Alex Nicol, and James ArnessJoel McCrea and Barbara HaleJoel McCrea and Barbara Hale

Images from Lone Hand. LEFT: With Alex Nicol and James Arness. CENTER and RIGHT: With Barbara Hale

Black Horse Canyon (1954)

Joel McCreaMari Blanchard and Joel McCreaMari Blanchard and Joel McCrea

Images from the Universal-International western Black Horse Canyon. LEFT: Promotional still. CENTER and RIGHT: With Mari Blanchard

Border River (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Joel McCrea

From Border River

Wichita (1955) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Keith Larsen, Joel McCrea, Vera Miles, and Lloyd Bridges

With Keith Larsen, Vera Miles, and Lloyd Bridges in the Warner Bros. western Wichita

Fort Massacre (1958) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

John Russell, Susan Cabot, Larry Chance, and Joel McCrea

With John Russell, Susan Cabot, and Larry Chance in Fort Massacre

later years

McCrea proved to be a good businessman with his investments and real estate holdings, which made him wealthy. He continued acting in films through the early 1960s, when he went into retirement. In 1959, McCrea and his son Jody McCrea starred in the half-hour NBC TV series Wichita Town, but the series got lost in the glut of westerns airing during the season and was canceled in 1960.

While Joel McCrea remained married to Frances Dee until his death, he filed for a divorce in April 1966, but the couple later reconciled. After Wichita Town left the air, McCrea made just a few more film appearances; his last film was Mustang Country in 1976. He passed away on October 20, 1990, at the age of 84. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Sam Peckinpah's The Legendary Westerns Collection [DVD] DVD
Six-disc set includes "Ride the High Country," "The Wild Bunch" (Special Edition), "The Ballad of Cable Hogue," and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (Special Edition).
Vintage Thrillers (Special Edition) (Six-DVD Set) [DVD] DVD
Packaged in a black leatherette case, this four-disc set includes "The Most Dangerous Game" (1932), "The Sphinx" (1933), "Murder by Television," and "Torture Ship."
The Silver Horde [DVD](1930) DVD
One of Joel McCrea's first starring breakthroughs was this macho role as an Alaskan salmon fisherman fighting a dirty-dealing rival with both fists. Also in an early role is Jean Arthur, as a society girl bidding for Joel's affection against a dancehall floozy. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Kept Husbands [DVD](1931) DVD
After a blue collar steelworker saves the lives of two co-workers, the socialite daughter of his boss falls for him and tries to make him more refined. But when he becomes unable to deal with his newfound status as a member of the upper-crust, he is forced to face the truth about his relationship. Joel McCrea, Dorothy Mackaill, Ned Sparks star. 76 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)/Gow The Headhunter [Blu-ray](1931)
Deranged big-game hunter Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks) forces the reluctant guests on his remote island to become the quarry in his latest hunt. The classic thriller "The Most Dangerous Game," directed by "King Kong" co-creator Ernest B. Schoedsack, features many of that film's jungle sets; Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, and Robert Armstrong also star. Next, the pre-"Mondo Cane" documentary "Gow the Headhunter" offers a shocking glimpse into savage marital rites, sacrificial ceremonies, and other bizarre rituals of primitive cannibal tribes in the South Pacific, as filmed by adventurer Edward A. Salisbury and his crew (among them a young Schoedsack). AKA: "Gow the Killer." 123 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; interview.
The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion Collection) [DVD](1932) DVD
Leslie Banks is a big game hunter who forces his "guests" to become the quarry in his latest hunt. Exciting jungle thriller made by the creator of "King Kong" features many of the same sets and "Kong" stars Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. 63 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; scene access.
Bird Of Paradise (Remastered) [Blu-ray](1932)
Lavish Hawaiian location shots and great special effects highlight this early South Seas drama, with Joel McCrea portraying a Western playboy who falls for native beauty Dolores Del Rio. Trouble arises for their romance, however, once he learns she is the daughter of a tribal chief. John Halliday, Lon Chaney, Jr., and an erupting volcano also star; King Vidor directs. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Bird Of Paradise (Remastered) [DVD](1932) DVD
Lavish Hawaiian location shots and great special effects highlight this early South Seas drama, with Joel McCrea portraying a Western playboy who falls for native beauty Dolores Del Rio. Trouble arises for their romance, however, once he learns she is the daughter of a tribal chief. John Halliday, Lon Chaney, Jr., and an erupting volcano also star; King Vidor directs. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Sport Parade [DVD](1932) DVD
After shared days of Ivy League gridiron glory, two teammates are led down different life paths. While William Gargan settles behind a sports editor's desk, Joel McCrea finds himself exploited as a pro wrestler. Gargan offers his buddy a hand up and a beat job, but comes to regret it when McCrea catches the eye of illustrator girlfriend Marian Marsh. Robert Benchley, Walter Catlett co-star. 64 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
One Man's Journey [DVD](1933) DVD
Previously thought lost, this gentle melodrama stars Lionel Barrymore as a widowed doctor who leaves city life behind him to practice medicine in the rural town he grew up in. Along the way, his commitment to enriching the lives of others and his dedication to raising his children earns him respect and recognition amongst his loved ones and peers. May Robson, Dorothy Jordan, Joel McCrea co-star. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; video commentary; pressbook.
Marlene Dietrich: The Glamour Collection [DVD] DVD
In "Morocco" (1930), her first American feature, Marlene Dietrich is a Parisian cafe singer who falls for legionnaire Gary Cooper and eventually follows him to the desert. "Blonde Venus" (1932) is an exotic drama about a woman's (Dietrich) struggles with a dying husband (Herbert Marshall), her son (Dickie Moore) and a rich playboy (Cary Grant). Dietrich is at her best as a conniving woman in 1890s Seville who gets her jollies making men lavish gifts and attention upon her, then destroying their lives, in "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935). Cesar Romero, Lionel Atwill also star. In order to nab a rich husband, French golddigger Dietrich fakes an illness at an 1840s New Orleans opera which draws the attention of a wealthy businessman and a rugged sea captain. Roland Young, Bruce Cabot co-star in "Flame of New Orleans" (1941). Finally, unruly Gypsy woman Dietrich finds romance with British officer Ray Milland, whom she helps through the Black Forest on a mission to stop a Nazi plan to use poison gas during World War II, in "Golden Earrings" (1947). 7 1/3 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.
Chance At Heaven [DVD](1933) DVD
Set against the backdrop of the Depression, this romantic drama concerns the relationship between a young beauty (Ginger Rogers) and her gas station mechanic beau (Joel McCrea). The pair's plans for a future together are complicated when a spoiled society girl (Marian Nixon) enters their lives and threatens to tear them apart. With Andy Devine, Lucien Littlefield. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Cecil B. DeMille Collection [DVD] DVD
Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Sign of the Cross" (1932) stars Fredric March as the Roman prefect in love with Christian martyr Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton as depraved emperor Nero, and Claudette Colbert as his scheming wife, Poppea. After abandoning a bubonic plague-infested ship, "Four Frightened People" (1934) take a perilous journey through a jungle inhabited by fierce animals and a tribe of wild natives. Colbert, Herbert Marshall star. "Cleopatra" (1934) is loaded with spectacular Roman sets, armies of soldiers, half-naked dancing girls, and a sultry Colbert as the seductive Queen of the Nile. With Henry Wilcoxon, Warren William. "The Crusades" (1935) is the sweeping drama of England's King Richard the Lion-Hearted leading his armies into battle in the Holy Land against the Muslim forces of Saladin. Wilcoxon, Loretta Young star. Feuding rail magnates, brave settlers, Indian attacks, and a timely arrival by the U.S. Cavalry were blended in "Union Pacific" (1939), DeMille's takeon the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea star. 9 1/2 hrs. total on five discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
Banjo On My Knee [DVD](1936) DVD
Rustic Mississippi couple Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck have an unusually eventful wedding night...since he flees for New Orleans in the mistaken belief he killed a reception guest! Stanwyck and new father-in-law Walter Brennan take off in pursuit in this very offbeat musical offering. Buddy Ebsen, Walter Catlett, Tony Martin, Katherine DeMille co-star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Jean Arthur Comedy Collection [DVD] DVD
Jean Arthur stars as a manicurist on an ocean liner who falls in love with a cocky reporter who's come aboard in hot pursuit of a notorious gangster, in the comedic crime caper "The Public Menace" (1935). George Murphy, Douglass Dumbrille, George McKay also star. Next, it's an "Adventure in Manhattan" (1936) when a journalist (Joel McCrea) with a talent for predicting crimes gets involved with an actress (Arthur) who's been hired to put one over on him. But the pair is soon mixed up in trying to stop an art gallery heist perpetrated by Arthur's producer (Reginald Owen). With Thomas Mitchell, Victor Kilian. Arthur is "More Than a Secretary" (1936) in a delightful romantic romp about the unlikely attraction that develops between an administrative assistant and the sexist magazine mogul (George Brent) she works for. Lionel Stander co-stars. And, a soldier (Lee Bowman) and his young bride (Arthur) try to make their marriage work despite only having known each other for a few days before he was shipped off to fight in World War II, in "The Impatient Years" (1944). With Charles Coburn, Edgar Buchanan. 5 1/4 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery.
Three Blind Mice [DVD](1938) DVD
Heartland siblings Loretta Young, Marjorie Weaver, and Pauline Moore take their modest inheritance and head for the West Coast to try and snare wealthy husbands. Scheming to pass Young off as a socialite, they find an interested taker in Joel McCrea, but will the mutual attraction survive when she learns he's just a working stiff? Charming version of the oft-filmed play "The Greeks Had a Word for Them" co-stars David Niven, Stu Erwin, Binnie Barnes, Jane Darwell. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Primrose Path [DVD](1940) DVD
Racy story about three generations of prostitutes leading a squalid existence in a West Coast beach town. Ginger Rogers dyed her platinum tresses black to play the tomboy pursuing burger chef Joel McCrea for a chance at a decent life. With Marjorie Rambeau, Henry Travers. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Sullivan's Travels [DVD](1941) DVD
Preston Sturges' gem of Hollywood self-satire stars Joel McCrea as a filmmaker who tires of comedies and light entertainment and wants to make "meaningful" tales of human suffering. To this end, he disguises himself as a bum and sets out across America to experience suffering first-hand. Veronica Lake co-stars. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; audio commentaries; documentary on Sturges; interviews; publicity materials; audio recording of Sturges; photo gallery; trailer.
The Barbara Stanwyck Collection [DVD] DVD
The first film to feature Dr. Kildare, "Internes Can't Take Money" (1937) finds ex-convict Barbara Stanwyck seeking help from the caring medico (Joel McCrea) to save her kidnapped daughter from a gangster. With Lloyd Nolan. An elderly Stanwyck looks back on her romance with frontiersman and eventual U.S. senator McCrea in the sweeping drama "The Great Man's Lady" (1942), co-starring Brian Donlevy. Horse breeder Stanwyck's marriage to author/Civil War buff Robert Cummings is endangered thanks to neighbor Diana Lynn in the comedy "The Bride Wore Boots" (1946). With Robert Benchley, Natalie Wood. "The Lady Gambles" (1949) has Stanwyck being bitten by the gaming bug while visiting Las Vegas with reporter spouse Robert Preston. With Stephen McNally and, as a bellhop, Tony Curtis. After leaving for an affair and a stage career, early 1900s actress Stanwyck tries to reunite with husband Richard Carlson and their children in the Douglas Sirk melodrama "All I Desire" (1953). And toy manufacturer Fred MacMurray sees an escape from a stifling homelife when old flame Stanwyck returns in Sirk's "There's Always Tomorrow" (1956), with Joan Bennett. 8 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. Three-disc set.
The Palm Beach Story [DVD](1942) DVD
Preston Sturges displays his magic touch for the screwball comedy once again with this hilarious and frantic delight. Claudette Colbert encounters an entourage of zany characters, including "The Ale and Quail Club," after leaving hubby Joel McCrea. Rudy Vallee and Mary Astor co-star. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish, French.
The More The Merrier [DVD](1943) DVD
Comic look at Washington's wartime housing shortage has Charles Coburn (who won an Oscar for his role) playing matchmaker for his "roommates," Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. George Stevens directs this romantic farce, later remade as "Walk, Don't Run." 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection [DVD] DVD
Preston Sturges' directorial debut was the marvelously wicked political comedy "The Great McGinty" (1940), about a bum who works his way into the governor's office. Brian Donlevy stars. "Christmas in July" (1940) follows an office worker (Dick Powell) who, thinking he's won a company contest, goes on a wild shopping binge with hilarious complications. Barbara Stanwyck is a conniving cardsharp who sets her gold-digging sights on apparently gullible millionaire Henry Fonda, in "The Lady Eve" (1941). Joel McCrea stars as William Morton, the Boston dentist who invented anesthesia, in the historical drama "The Great Moment" (1944). Also includes "Sullivan's Travels," "The Palm Beach Story," and "Hail the Conquering Hero." 10 hrs. total on seven discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French.
Western 4-Pack [DVD] DVD
Joel McCrea stars as the legendary frontier scout, Indian fighter, and bison killer "Buffalo Bill" (1944) in William Wellman's sweeping western epic, one of the first made in color. Follow Bill Cody's career from his role as mediator in the settling of the west to his showman days in his "Wild West Show." Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell, Anthony Quinn, Linda Darnell also star. Four-disc set also includes "In Old Arizona," "Drums Along the Mohawk," and "The Bravados."
Ramrod [Blu-ray](1947)
Explosive, superbly photographed frontier drama stars Joel McCrea as a veteran ranch hand caught up in the middle of a brutal range war between a strong-willed sheep rancher (Veronica Lake) and her cattleman father (Charles Ruggles), the minion of a powerful land baron (Preston Foster). With Donald Crisp, Lloyd Bridges; Andre De Toth directs. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Ramrod [DVD](1947) DVD
Explosive, superbly photographed frontier drama stars Joel McCrea as a veteran ranch hand caught up in the middle of a brutal range war between a strong-willed sheep rancher (Veronica Lake) and her cattleman father (Charles Ruggles), the minion of a powerful land baron (Preston Foster). With Donald Crisp, Lloyd Bridges; Andre De Toth directs. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Colorado Territory [DVD](1949) DVD
This western remake of the Humphrey Bogart gangster flick "High Sierra" stars Joel McCrea as a notorious outlaw who breaks out of jail and winds up planning one last railroad robbery with his old gang, despite his desire to settle down. But McCrea and dance hall girl Virginia Mayo must make a desperate escape to the mountains when the heist goes bad. Dorothy Malone also stars; directed by Raoul Walsh, who also helmed the original. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Stars In My Crown (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1950) DVD
Superb western drama stars Joel McCrea as a gun-toting preacher and Civil War veteran who takes up residence in a trouble-torn town. But McCrea soon has his hands full with more than just spiritual guidance as he clashes with a young doctor over treatment of a typhoid epidemic and defends a black man from a lynch mob. With Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale, and a pre-"Gunsmoke" James Arness (in an uncredited role) and Amanda Blake. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Outriders (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1950) DVD
A wagon train transporting a stash of Union gold from Santa Fe to St. Louis is protected by a trio of tough escorts. Or is it? Actually, the men are Confederate soldiers with orders to lead the wagons into a trap and steal the loot. Taken with a pretty passenger (Arlene Dahl), one of the rebels (Joel McCrea) has a crisis of conscience and begins to have second thoughts about his mission. Barry Sullivan, Claude Jarman, Jr., James Whitmore also star in this sprawling western tale. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The San Francisco Story [DVD](1952) DVD
The lawless, sin-filled Barbary Coast of Gold Rush-era San Francisco is the setting for drama, action, and romance, as miner Joel McCrea teams up with newspaperman Onslow Stevens to clean up the city and oust corrupt politician Sidney Blackmer. With Yvonne De Carlo, Florence Bates; look for Tor Johnson in a saloon scene. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Wichita [DVD](1955) DVD
If any town needs a lawman to keep the peace, it's Wichita--but former buffalo hunter Wyatt Earp (Joel McCrea) says he's not the man for the job, even after successfully foiling a bank robbery. Earp decides to don the marshal's badge when renegade cowboys accidentally kill a young boy after storming into town. This ripping Western adventure co-stars Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges, and Wallace Ford. 81 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Stranger On Horseback [DVD](1956) DVD
Sharp-shooting circuit judge Joel McCrea arrives in a frontier town controlled by a powerful land baron. When McCrea decides to bring the man's son to trial for murder, he sees the frightened townspeople take the land baron's side. John McIntire, Miroslava, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine co-star; Jacques Tourneur directs. 66 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; radio broadcasts; theatrical trailers; more.
The First Texan [DVD](1956) DVD
Joel McCrea delivers an unforgettable performance as famed Texas statesman, politician, and hero Sam Houston. After moving to the Lone Star State from Tennessee, he becomes an icon when he fights to prevent Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna from thwarting the Texas independence movement. With Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Oklahoman [DVD](1957) DVD
After losing his wife during childbirth in 1870, a doctor (Joel McCrea) takes his child and settles in the Oklahoma Territory. He befriends a peaceful Indian family, but matters turn dire when they come into conflict with the Dobie Brothers, who, when it comes to violent gunplay, believe in takin' it to the streets. McCrea must then intervene in the fray to protect his native friends from losing their oil-rich land. Barbara Hale and Gloria Talbott co-star. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Trooper Hook [DVD](1957) DVD
Cavalry Sergeant Clovis Hook (Joel McCrea) is charged with reuniting a captured Indian chief with his young son and the boy's white mother. The stagecoach trek turns dangerous when news reaches Hook that the chief has escaped and dispatched warriors on a mission to reclaim the child by force. Barbara Stanwyck, Earl Holliman, and Terry Lawrence co-star. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Fort Massacre [DVD](1958) DVD
Joel McCrea stars as a Cavalry sergeant who assumes command of his unit when its captain is killed and its lieutenant wounded. But as he leads his fellow soldiers through dangerous Apache territory, the men begin to realize that they're accompanying McCrea on a personal vendetta against the Indians who slaughtered his family. Forrest Tucker, Susan Cabot, John Russell, Denver Pyle co-star in this gritty western. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Ride The High Country [DVD](1962) DVD
Western legends Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea made their sagebrush swan songs in this Sam Peckinpah tale. Two veteran gunslingers are hired to protect a gold shipment, only to find plenty of obstacles along the way. Sprawling, colorful thriller also stars Edgar Buchanan, Warren Oates and Mariette Hartley (her film debut). 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Cry Blood, Apache [DVD](1970) DVD
Unusual western drama about an Apache warrior seeking a brutal vengeance on the prospectors who killed his people and took his sister hostage on their search for gold. Jody McCrea and, in a cameo, dad Joel star; with Marie Gahva, Dan Kemp. 82 min.
Joel McCrea Westerns Collection [DVD] DVD
"The Virginian" (1946) stars Joel McCrea as Owen Wister's wandering man of few words (among them, "When you call me that, smile") who finds himself going up against old friend Sonny Tufts, part of Brian Donlevy's rustler band. With Barbara Britton, William Frawley. Veteran trail boss McCrea takes a businessman's spoiled son (Dean Stockwell) under his wing during a dangerous "Cattle Drive" (1951); with Leon Ames, Chill Wills. In "Border River" (1954), Confederate officer McCrea and his men nab $2 million in gold bullion on a raid and head to Mexico to buy guns and ammo for the South, only to battle a ruthless Mexican general. Yvonne De Carlo, Pedro Armendariz also star. And McCrea's final film, "Mustang Country" (1976), finds him cast as a former rodeo star who helps a Native American boy round up and tame a wild horse. With Robert Fuller, Nika Mina, Patrick Wayne. 5 1/2 hrs. total on four discs. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; poster gallery; more.

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Mustang Country (1976) with Patrick Wayne and Robert Fuller
Sioux Nation (1970)
Cry Blood, Apache (1970) with Jody McCrea and Don Henley
Ride the High Country (1962) with Randolph Scott and Mariette Hartley
The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) with Julie Adams and Richard Anderson
Fort Massacre (1958) with Susan Cabot, John Russell, and Forrest Tucker
Cattle Empire (1958) with Gloria Talbott and Phyllis Coates
Gunsight Ridge (1957) with Mark Stevens, Jody McCrea, and Carolyn Craig
Trooper Hook (1957) with Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Kohner, and Earl Holliman
The Tall Stranger (1957) with Virginia Mayo, Michael Ansara, and Whit Bissell
The Oklahoman (1957) with Gloria Talbott and Barbara Hale
The First Texan (1956) with Jeff Morrow, Jody McCrea, and William Hopper
Wichita (1955) with Vera Miles, Peter Graves, Keith Larsen, and Lloyd Bridges
Stranger on Horseback (1955) with Kevin McCarthy and John Carradine
Black Horse Canyon (1954) with Mari Blanchard
Border River (1954) with Yvonne De Carlo
Rough Shoot (1953) with Laurence Naismith and Evelyn Keyes
Lone Hand (1953) with Alex Nicol, Barbara Hale, and James Arness
The San Francisco Story (1952) with Yvonne De Carlo
Cattle Drive (1951) with Dean Stockwell and Chill Wills
Hollywood Story (1951) with Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Jim Backus, Richard Conte, and Francis X. Bushman
Frenchie (1950) with Shelley Winters, Marie Windsor, John Russell, Paul Kelly, and Elsa Lanchester
The Outriders (1950) with Arlene Dahl, Ramon Novarro, and Barry Sullivan
Saddle Tramp (1950) with John Russell and Wanda Hendrix
Stars in My Crown (1950) with Ellen Drew, Amanda Blake, and Dean Stockwell
South of St. Louis (1949) with Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, and Dorothy Malone
Colorado Territory (1949) with Virginia Mayo, John Archer, James Mitchell, and Dorothy Malone
Four Faces West (1948) with Frances Dee, William Conrad, and Charles Bickford
Ramrod (1947) with Veronica Lake, Don DeFore, and Lloyd Bridges
The Virginian (1946) with Brian Donlevy, Fay Bainter, Sonny Tufts, and Barbara Britton
The Unseen (1945) with Gail Russell
Buffalo Bill (1944) with Maureen O'Hara, Linda Darnell, and Anthony Quinn
The Great Moment (1944) with Betty Field
The More the Merrier (1943) with Jean Arthur and Bruce Bennett
The Great Man's Lady (1942) with Barbara Stanwyck and Brian Donlevy
The Palm Beach Story (1942) with Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, and Rudy Vallee
Sullivan's Travels (1941) with Veronica Lake
Reaching for the Sun (1941) with Ellen Drew, Albert Dekker, and Eddie Bracken
Foreign Correspondent (1940) with Laraine Day and George Sanders
The Primrose Path (1940) with Ginger Rogers
He Married His Wife (1940) with Roland Young, Nancy Kelly, Cesar Romero, and Elisha Cook Jr.
Espionage Agent (1939) with Brenda Marshall
They Shall Have Music (1939) with Walter Brennan, Marjorie Main, and Andrea Leeds
Union Pacific (1939) with Barbara Stanwyck, Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Anthony Quinn, and Evelyn Keyes
Youth Takes a Fling (1938) with Virginia Grey and Andrea Leeds
Three Blind Mice (1938) with Loretta Young, David Niven, and Jane Darwell
Wells Fargo (1937) with Frances Dee, Robert Cummings, Johnny Mack Brown, and Lloyd Nolan
Internes Can't Take Money (1937) with Barbara Stanwyck and Lloyd Nolan
Dead End (1937) with Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Marjorie Main, Huntz Hall, and Leo Gorcey
Woman Chases Man (1937) with Miriam Hopkins
Banjo on My Knee (1936) with Barbara Stanwyck, Buddy Ebsen, and Walter Brennan
Come and Get It (1936) with Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan, and Andrea Leeds
Adventure in Manhattan (1936) with Jean Arthur
Two in a Crowd (1936) with Joan Bennett and Nat Pendleton
These Three (1936) with Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, and Bonita Granville
Splendor (1935) with Miriam Hopkins, David Niven, and Billie Burke
Barbary Coast (1935) with Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Donlevy, and Walter Brennan
Woman Wanted (1935) with Maureen O'Sullivan
Our Little Girl (1935) with Shirley Temple and Lyle Talbot
Private Worlds (1935) with Claudette Colbert, Joan Bennett, and Charles Boyer
The Richest Girl in the World (1934) with Miriam Hopkins and Fay Wray
Half a Sinner (1934) with Sally Blane and Mickey Rooney
Gambling Lady (1934) with Barbara Stanwyck
Chance at Heaven (1933) with Ginger Rogers
One Man's Journey (1933) with Lionel Barrymore and Frances Dee
Bed of Roses(1933) with Constance Bennett
The Silver Cord (1933) with Irene Dunne and Frances Dee
Rockabye (1932) with Constance Bennett
The Sport Parade (1932) with Marian Marsh
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) with Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong
Bird of Paradise (1932) with Dolores del Rio and Lon Chaney Jr.
Business and Pleasure (1932) with Will Rogers and Boris Karloff
The Lost Squadron (1932) with Mary Astor, Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, and Erich von Stroheim
Girls About Town (1931) with Kay Francis
The Common Law (1931) with Constance Bennett and Hedda Hopper
Born to Love (1931) with Constance Bennett
Kept Husbands (1931)
Once a Sinner (1931)
Lightnin' (1930) with Will Rogers
The Silver Horde (1930) with Evelyn Brent and Jean Arthur
Dynamite (1929) with Conrad Nagel and Charles Bickford
The Jazz Age (1929) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
The Five O'Clock Girl (1928) with Marion Davies
Freedom of the Press (1928)
Dead Man's Curve (1928) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Sally Blane

TELEVISION SERIES
Wichita Town, 1959-1960 TV series. McCrea portrayed Marshal Mike Dunbar. Also starring in this series was Jody McCrea

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Watch Joel McCrea's 1932 thriller The Most Dangerous Game

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