Santa Fe
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Pichel
Written byLouis Stevens
Screenplay byKenneth Gamet
Based onSanta Fe, The Railroad That Built an Empire
1945 novel
by James Vance Marshall
Produced byHarry Joe Brown
StarringRandolph Scott
CinematographyCharles Lawton Jr.
Edited byGene Havlick
Music byPaul Sawtell
Color processTechnicolor
Scott-Brown Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 1, 1951 (1951-04-01)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,075,000 (US rentals)[1]

Santa Fe is a 1951 American Western film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Randolph Scott. The film is based on the novel Santa Fe by James Vance Marshall.


The film opens in northwest Missouri (near "Mound City, Missouri") in 1867. In the years following the Civil War, Britt Canfield, one of four ex-Confederate brothers, heads west for a new life. Britt accepts a job with the Santa Fe Railway, whilst his three brothers find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Britt is eventually obliged to bring his brothers to justice, but the real man behind their criminal activities is gambling boss Cole Sanders.


Director Pichel, himself an actor, also narrates the film.

See also


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952