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Who is the redhead waitress?


After Sam leaves the stable and goes to the restaurant, just before he is killed, he is served by a waitress who identifies herself as "Maureen." There's no such name in the cast list. Is she the woman listed as "Lillian" (Shirley Jocelyn)?

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I just watched this movie - I'd guess "probably". Not only are there no women named Lillian, but other than a few female extras present for the wedding scene, there's really no other women in the entire movie with speaking parts (other than Lucy the bride and Ruby the hooker) except for Maureen.

My hunch is that its a typo and "Lillian" is indeed Maureen.

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two points:
(1) a number of posters refer to Ruby as a prostitute. I suppose so, but no reference to that was made in the movie, yes? And she could have just been "kept" by Carroll or worked as a hostess, supervisor or whatever in the place or another place. Incidentally, I thought she made a great performance in the movie. I liked all the supporting characters. They overshadowed Scott, who did his usual workmanlike job.
(2) that Maureen character seemed very nice. I was surprised that she turned out to be one of the 'bad guys" as she looked at and sort of alerted the back shooter that Beery was leaving.

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i don't think the maureen character alerted the shooter. it looked like he was menacing her to be quiet.

she looked familiar.

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This lady is unbilled and not mentioned on her imdb site..BUT I am almost positive this actress is Maureen Reagan, daughter of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman...The fact that Noah Beery's character called her Maureen could have been a slip-up like when Tim Holt referred to Ward Bond's character as Ward in one scene and John Ford left it in the movie, My Darling Clementine..would be interested to know if anyone else agrees this is Maureen Reagan.

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Beery DOESN'T call her Maureen at first. He calls her Dolores (or some such Spanish name, I forget). SHE corrects him and says her name is Maureen, and he says something like "Oh, not Mexican but Irish, then". This is all clearly scripted and not some slip of the tongue.

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Beery DOES call her Maureen, when he sees that she is not Mexican. The word Mexican is not used - Beery says that he wanted enchiladas but will now have some Irish stew. Beery's character is expecting the Mexicans to serve him dinner, so he calls for José, María, Guadelupe, before Maureen appears.

I am also pretty certain that she is Maureen Reagan, who would have been 16 at the time of filming.

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Maureen has got me too, I know I saw her in some other western recently on TCM . yes
she introduces herself as 'Maureen', Beery then repeats the name , 'Maureen!'. So it was scripted. Damn you IMDb let us down...

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may have been Dee Carol in Drum Beat... I give up, anyone know?

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Maureen Reagan was born in 1941. In 1957 when this film was released she would have been about 16. Young for an adult role.

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I'm watching the movie at the moment and I agree, it looks like Maureen Reagan. I checked online filmographies and this film is not credited to her, but on the other hand, she's not credited in Kissin' Cousins, either, seven years later.

I imagine this would have been her first role, if it is her.

--If they move, kill 'em!

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