Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)

87 mins | Western | March 1968

Director:

Lesley Selander

Producer:

A. C. Lyles

Cinematographer:

Lester Shorr

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Al Roelofs

Production Company:

A. C. Lyles Productions
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HISTORY

A 5 Apr 1967 Var item announced producer A. C. Lyles had just signed his fourth deal with Paramount Pictures, calling for ten Technicolor films to be made in the next thirty months. Arizona Bushwhackers had already finished shooting as part of a previous deal with the studio. The film was said to be one of four pictures Lyles had made in twenty-four weeks in his “most recent production flurry,” along with Red Tomahawk, Fort Utah, and Hostile Guns (1967, see entries).
       James Cagney provided voice-over narration but took no credit or salary, according to a 15 Mar 1968 DV brief. ... More Less

A 5 Apr 1967 Var item announced producer A. C. Lyles had just signed his fourth deal with Paramount Pictures, calling for ten Technicolor films to be made in the next thirty months. Arizona Bushwhackers had already finished shooting as part of a previous deal with the studio. The film was said to be one of four pictures Lyles had made in twenty-four weeks in his “most recent production flurry,” along with Red Tomahawk, Fort Utah, and Hostile Guns (1967, see entries).
       James Cagney provided voice-over narration but took no credit or salary, according to a 15 Mar 1968 DV brief. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Mar 1968
p. 2.
Variety
5 Apr 1967
p. 5.
Variety
26 Jul 1967
p. 5.
Variety
11 Dec 1968
p. 5.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1968
Copyright Claimants:
Paramount Pictures Corp. & A. C. Lyles Productions Paramount Pictures Corp. & A. C. Lyles Productions
Copyright Dates:
15 December 1967 31 January 1968
Copyright Numbers:
LP35826 LP35286
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lee Travis, a captured Confederate riverboat gambler and gunfighter, is given the opportunity to join the Union Army and help bring law and order to the West. When residents of Colton, Arizona, learn that a turncoat is going to replace Sheriff Grover, everyone complains except Mayor Joe Smith. He hopes that Travis can help rout Tom Rile, who has been bribing the corrupt Grover; in truth, however, Travis is a Southern spy assigned to transport arms and ammunition hidden near the town to a group of Confederate soldiers. Hoping to rid the town of the drunks and bums hanging around Rile's saloon and gambling house, Travis wins the saloon from Rile in a dice game, then closes the place and orders Rile out of town. Travis learns from bar girl, Molly, whom he has mistaken for his Confederate contact, that Rile has been selling weapons to Apaches. Realizing that Rile has been availing himself of the hidden Confederate supplies, Travis tries to apprehend him but is shot and taken to a doctor by milliner Jill Wyler, who, he has learned, is his contact. In the meantime, Dan Shelby, Grover's deputy, discovers that Travis and Jill are spies and is about to turn them over to Mayor Smith when Grover returns to announce that the war is over. The ex-sheriff also informs the mayor that Rile and the Indians are about to attack the town. The small band of citizens defend themselves against the raid, killing Rile, his gunmen, and most of the Apaches. Jill and Shelby are romantically united, and Travis gives Molly the deed to the saloon before riding out of ... +


Lee Travis, a captured Confederate riverboat gambler and gunfighter, is given the opportunity to join the Union Army and help bring law and order to the West. When residents of Colton, Arizona, learn that a turncoat is going to replace Sheriff Grover, everyone complains except Mayor Joe Smith. He hopes that Travis can help rout Tom Rile, who has been bribing the corrupt Grover; in truth, however, Travis is a Southern spy assigned to transport arms and ammunition hidden near the town to a group of Confederate soldiers. Hoping to rid the town of the drunks and bums hanging around Rile's saloon and gambling house, Travis wins the saloon from Rile in a dice game, then closes the place and orders Rile out of town. Travis learns from bar girl, Molly, whom he has mistaken for his Confederate contact, that Rile has been selling weapons to Apaches. Realizing that Rile has been availing himself of the hidden Confederate supplies, Travis tries to apprehend him but is shot and taken to a doctor by milliner Jill Wyler, who, he has learned, is his contact. In the meantime, Dan Shelby, Grover's deputy, discovers that Travis and Jill are spies and is about to turn them over to Mayor Smith when Grover returns to announce that the war is over. The ex-sheriff also informs the mayor that Rile and the Indians are about to attack the town. The small band of citizens defend themselves against the raid, killing Rile, his gunmen, and most of the Apaches. Jill and Shelby are romantically united, and Travis gives Molly the deed to the saloon before riding out of town. +

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