- 1 hr 28 min
Driftwood is a 1947 western drama directed by Allan Dwan, starring Ruth Warrick, Walter Brennan and Dean Jagger. The movie tells the story of a man named ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok and his adventures in the American West. The movie opens with Wild Bill (played by Dean Jagger) arriving in a small town in Kansas. He’s looking for a place to stay and a job, and soon enough, he finds both at the local saloon. The saloon owner, played by Walter Brennan, takes a liking to Wild Bill and offers him a job as a dealer. Meanwhile, Wild Bill meets a local woman named Gabrielle (played by Ruth Warrick). Gabrielle is a schoolteacher and has a soft spot for Wild Bill. However, Wild Bill is not interested in settling down and tells her so. Wild Bill is more interested in making money and having adventures. One day, while playing poker at the saloon, Wild Bill saves a man from being killed by a group of robbers. The man he saves is an army captain, and he offers Wild Bill a job as a scout for the army. Wild Bill accepts the job, and soon enough, he’s on a mission with the army to catch a group of Sioux warriors. While on the mission, Wild Bill and the army find themselves in a dangerous situation. They’re outnumbered and outgunned, and they’re not sure how they’re going to survive. However, Wild Bill comes up with a plan, and they’re able to defeat the Sioux warriors. After the mission, Wild Bill returns to the town and finds out that Gabrielle has been kidnapped by a group of outlaws. He sets out to rescue her and manages to do so after a long and difficult fight. The movie ends with Wild Bill leaving the town, still in search of new adventures. Driftwood is a classic western that captures the spirit of the American West. The movie is beautifully shot, and the performances by the three main actors are excellent. Dean Jagger is especially good as Wild Bill, and he brings a real sense of danger and unpredictability to the character. The movie is also notable for its strong female character in Gabrielle. Despite the fact that she falls for Wild Bill, she’s also an independent woman who has a career and a strong sense of self. Overall, Driftwood is a must-see for fans of westerns and anyone who loves a good adventure story. With its stunning visuals, great performances, and exciting action sequences, it’s a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.