Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 21, 1949

South of St. Louis (Warner) actually takes place just north of the Rio Grande. A Technicolored western, masquerading in fits & starts as a chunk of Civil War history, it has a doubleheader love story and a hydra-headed plot.

The three Confederate-loving buckaroos who keep things moving are Joel McCrea, Zachary Scott and Douglas Kennedy, owners of the Three Bell Ranch. The complicated action is sped up—as well as made more complicated—by cattle-rustling Victor Jory who, working as a Union Army guerrilla fighter, steals their cattle, burns down their ranch, and starts cutting...