Red Garters (film)

Red Garters is a 1954 American Technicolor Musical Western film starring Rosemary Clooney, Guy Mitchell, and Jack Carson. It is a musical spoof of Westerns. The director was George Marshall.

Red Garters
Red Garters Laserdisc Cover.jpg
Part of the Red Garters LaserDisc cover showing Clooney, Carson and Mitchell
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byPat Duggan
Written byMichael Fessier
StarringRosemary Clooney
Music byJoseph J. Lilley
CinematographyArthur E. Arling
Edited byArthur P. Schmidt
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 9, 1954 (1954-02-09) (Los Angeles)
  • March 26, 1954 (1954-03-26) (New York City)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson, Samuel M. Comer, Ray Moyer).[1]

"[Red Garters] is a costume piece, a roguish, cheeky musical western in which anything goes. All the cliches of every western ever made are examined with humor and high spirits. [...] Red Garters has no settings in the ordinary sense; houses, trees, windows and the like are merely suggested, as on a musical stage."[2]

It has been distributed on VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD.


A stranger in town meets pretty young Susan Martinez De La Cruz and accompanies her to a barbecue, where wealthy Jason Carberry is saying a few words for the recently departed Robin Randall, a citizen who got shot.

Jason objects to the stranger's presence, being Susan's guardian and protective of her. He challenges him to a shootout, but the stranger pulls his pistol before Jason's can even clear the holster. Calaveras Kate, a saloon singer who's in love with Jason, is relieved when the stranger declines to pull the trigger.

Rafael Moreno suddenly rides into town and picks a fight with the stranger. Their brawl continues until the arrival of Judge Wallace Wintrop and his niece, Sheila, who have come to town from back East and deplore all this random violence out West.

The stranger is recognized as Reb Randall, the dead man's brother. He is looking for the killer, who could be Rafael, or could be Jason, or could even be Billy Buckett, the coward of the county. The women hold their breath to see if the men they love will survive.



The songs were written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans — a team that won three Academy Awards. The soundtrack on Columbia Records was released as a ten-inch Lp combining soundtrack recordings with studio re-creations conducted by Percy Faith and Mitch Miller.[3]

Selections include:

  • Red Garters - Clooney
  • A Dime and a Dollar - Mitchell
  • Brave Man - Clooney
  • This is Greater Than I Thought - Gilbert
  • Good Intentions - Clooney
  • Meet a Happy Guy - Mitchell
  • Bad News - Clooney
  • Man and Woman - Clooney and Mitchell

After being out-of-print for more than 40 years, Collectables re-released the album on CD paired with Clooney's ten-inch album of songs from White Christmas.


  1. ^ "NY Times: Red Garters". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
  2. ^ Red Garters LP record, Columbia Records, Inc. CL6282
  3. ^ "Red Garters » Film Soundtrack". June 12, 2001. Retrieved August 1, 2011.

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