Not far at all, as it turns out. Movie Morlocks has an interesting piece on Raoul Walsh’s Colorado Territory (1949) and the picture it’s a remake of, Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra (1941). It provides a good rundown of the many parallels between the two films — one a crime picture, the other a Western. Read it here. The post also comments on the quality of both on DVD and DVD-R.
Colorado Territory is one of my favorite Westerns. Period. (Of course, I’d watch Joel McCrea brush his teeth.) High Sierra ain’t too shabby either.