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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 {{Western}} starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WalterMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala.

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 {{Western}} film starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WalterMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala.


''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WalterMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western {{Western}} starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WalterMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Scala.

Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe Maybe, who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for for]] the famous marshal]] U.S. Marshal Tom Noonan and drafted by a the crazy judge (Walter Matthau) Judge Kyle (Matthau) to keep order in town.

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WaltherMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WaltherMatthau, Creator/WalterMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.



--> '''Maybe:" "We're, uh, still talking about the bank, right?"

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--> '''Maybe:" '''Maybe:''' "We're, uh, still talking about the bank, right?"


''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Audie Murphy, Walther Matthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Audie Murphy, Walther Matthau, Creator/AudieMurphy, Creator/WaltherMatthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.


* WhatAnIdiot: Jimmy accidentally stampedes the cattle herd (and gets dragged out of his own saddle and injured) playing at roping the steers. To his credit, however, he realizes and is ashamed of his mistake.


* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
** Tessa's fed-up rant to Maybe about her boredom in her role as perfect housewife--and Maybe's trolling her right back.
** "They'll have to. It's the law."
** ''"Whiskey?"'' Followed by Maybe taking a swig in the background while Tessa tends to Jimmy.
** "Where'd I get this?" "He gave it to you." "Where'd I get him?"
** A very hungover Maybe bolting awake when Jimmy informs him he's been fined twenty dollars.
** "You're right, he is a mite young." Shortly followed by, "[[CombatPragmatist You old goat, he had his face in the dirt!"]]

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''Ride a Crooked Trail'' is a 1958 Western starring Audie Murphy, Walther Matthau, and ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone's'' Gia Scala. Murphy plays petty criminal Joe Maybe who is [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity mistaken for the famous marshal]] Tom Noonan and drafted by a crazy judge (Walter Matthau) to keep order in town.

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* ActionPrologue: Maybe on the run from Noonan.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: a very well-done scene with Jimmy and Maybe, discussing their pasts and similarities.
* BadassBureaucrat: Judge Kyle gets shot in the arm by Maybe in the second scene, and just gets back up and walks like it's nothing.
--> '''Maybe''': "How come he doesn't fall over?"
--> '''Sam''': "I've seen him get shot six times and not fall over. Less'n he was drunk."
* BratsWithSlingshots: gunpowder variant. Jimmy has a varmint rifle, which he puts to good use in the penultimate fight.
* CatchPhrase / RunningGag: "It's the law."
* CatFight: an abbreviated one. Dancehall girl Brandy taunts Tessa about her "husband's" lack of training. Tessa floors her with a single blow.
* CheshireCatGrin: Maybe sports one at points while bantering with Tessa.
* CommonalityConnection: Between Joe Maybe and Jimmy. [[spoiler: Both are orphans, whose mothers were saloon girls. However, while Jimmy was adopted by the community and raised by [[LawfulGood Judge Kyle]], Maybe...wasn't.]]
* CombatPragmatist: The Judge is a ''huge'' fan.
* CourtroomAntics: provided mainly by the judge. Among his antics: forbidding the defense council from speaking, because "On account of, you're a liar and a cheat...and if you don't like hearing that, take me to court" and, "Drinks is on the railroad until midnight."
* DisneyVillainDeath: Noonan, though not a villain, dies by falling off a cliff.
* DoubleEntendre: Tessa and Maybe exchange quite a few of them, most notably:
--> '''Tessa:''' "Once I give him the word, Teeler's going to ride into town with ten men and do what you'd like to do."
--> '''Maybe:" "We're, uh, still talking about the bank, right?"
--> '''Tessa:''' "And ''nothing'' else."
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: "Noonan"'s address at the railroad is one of these, as he gets distracted halfway through by Teeler's gang riding into town. However, he manages to play it off as a vague paean to the law and wraps it up before anybody besides Tessa notices.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Variant. Tessa won't allow him in her room and Jimmy has the spare room, so Maybe ends up sleeping in the bathtub for most of the movie.
* FemmeFatale: Tessa.
* ForeShadowing: Blink and you'll miss it, but Sam Teeler is namedropped as a murderer before Tessa even arrives.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: somewhat literally. Tessa marches past the bathroom, pauses, and then asks, horrified, "In the ''house''?"
* HeelFaceTurn: Maybe and Tessa both decide to go straight (and get married).
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Jimmy.
* IHaveThisFriend: "Noonan" to Jimmy during their ActionFilmQuietDramaScene.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
** Tessa's fed-up rant to Maybe about her boredom in her role as perfect housewife--and Maybe's trolling her right back.
** "They'll have to. It's the law."
** ''"Whiskey?"'' Followed by Maybe taking a swig in the background while Tessa tends to Jimmy.
** "Where'd I get this?" "He gave it to you." "Where'd I get him?"
** A very hungover Maybe bolting awake when Jimmy informs him he's been fined twenty dollars.
** "You're right, he is a mite young." Shortly followed by, "[[CombatPragmatist You old goat, he had his face in the dirt!"]]
* LargeHam: the Judge.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Maybe and Tessa exploit this to get time alone...to coordinate their stories.
* LineOfSightName / AwesomeMcCoolName: Joe Maybe.
* MoralityPet: Jimmy is one to Judge Kyle, as well as becoming one to Maybe and Tessa.
* MeaningfulEcho: Tessa doesn't like men she's not involved with "mussing her clothes." She uses this to get Maybe to back off at first....and finally also says this to Sam Teeler.
* MultitaskedConversation: Judge Kyle and Jimmy aren't really talking about Jimmy's dog Paddlefoot being a possible murderer.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Teeler pulls a knife on Maybe in their final confrontation.
* PetTheDog: Tessa begins to defrost when Jimmy shows up; among other things, buying him a pony of his own.
* ParentalSubstitute: "Mr. and Mrs Noonan" are pegged as the perfect substitutes for Jimmy. It's a surprise to all three of them when it works out.
* PragmaticVillainy: Teeler is totally willing to listen to Maybe and follow his plan (to wait for the trail herds) instead of his original one....up to a point.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Gia Scala as Tessa.
* RunningGag: "Ain't never gonna last," as well as "It's the law."
* SmarterThanYouLook: The Judge's assistant ''also'' knows that "Mrs. Noonan" isn't Noonan's actual wife, but keeps his mouth shut for the same reason Jimmy does.
* ThatManIsDead: The Judge suggests [[spoiler: Joe Maybe]] be the next name on "Noonan's" badge.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Maybe (as Noonan) has to pretend to be married to Tessa when she recognizes him (and greets him as Maybe.) He spins it that she called him "Baby" and she knows him well enough to play along.
* WeaponOfChoice: the Judge and his double-barreled shotgun.
* WouldHurtAChild: Implied when Teeler asks where Jimmy is (Jimmy having seen him talking to Maybe.)
* WhatAnIdiot: Jimmy accidentally stampedes the cattle herd (and gets dragged out of his own saddle and injured) playing at roping the steers. To his credit, however, he realizes and is ashamed of his mistake.
* YourCheatingHeart: Averted. Tessa is Sam Teeler's girl--and both Teeler and Maybe know she's as good as her word. Not that it stops Maybe from trying...

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