Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

98 mins | Western | 1969

Director:

Abraham Polonsky

Producer:

Philip A. Waxman

Cinematographer:

Conrad Hall

Editor:

Melvin Shapiro

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Filmed at Thousand Oaks, California. Appreciation is expressed to the Indian peoples of Pechanga, Morongo, Los Coyotes, Soboba, Agua-Caliente, and Torres-Martinez Reservations (Reservation, ... More Less

Filmed at Thousand Oaks, California. Appreciation is expressed to the Indian peoples of Pechanga, Morongo, Los Coyotes, Soboba, Agua-Caliente, and Torres-Martinez Reservations (Reservation, California). More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Philip A. Waxman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus supv
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Stunt coord
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Willie Boy, a Desert Manhunt by Harry Lawton (Balboa Island, California, 1960).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 December 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
18 December 1969
Copyright Number:
LP39050
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
98
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Willie Boy, a young Paiute Indian, returns to his Banning, California, reservation in 1909 so that he may attend his tribe's annual fiesta and resume his relationship with Lola, whose father has stood between them. When Willie attempts to arrange a midnight date with Lola, her father threatens to shoot him. Concurrently, easygoing Under-Sheriff Christopher Cooper, or "Coop," comes into town to see Liz Arnold, a wealthy Bostonian who doubles as doctor and superintendent of the reservation. Their relationship is tenuous: though Liz is sexually attracted to Coop, she regards him as her social and intellectual inferior and scorns his coarse manner. Willie meets Lola in the woods at midnight as planned, but their lovemaking is interrupted by the appearance of her father and brothers. Lola's father is killed in the ensuing scuffle, and, according to tribal tradition, Lola becomes Willie's wife. Liz, however, has other ambitions for Lola, and she insists that Coop apprehend the couple so that she can be returned to the reservation. Though his sympathies are with the Indians, Coop reluctantly heads a posse of bloodthirsty ranchers, but Willie and Lola evade the group. As the pursuit through the Mojave Desert drags on, Coop abandons the posse in order to return to town so that he may serve as bodyguard to the visiting President Taft. In Coop's absence, Willie picks off the pursuers' horses and accidentally shoots Ray Calvert, a member of the posse. The hysterical fear of an Indian uprising and assassination attempt against the President sweeps the town, and Coop is forced to continue his pursuit. The chase has left Lola so exhausted that she has become a liability to Willie, but she ... +


Willie Boy, a young Paiute Indian, returns to his Banning, California, reservation in 1909 so that he may attend his tribe's annual fiesta and resume his relationship with Lola, whose father has stood between them. When Willie attempts to arrange a midnight date with Lola, her father threatens to shoot him. Concurrently, easygoing Under-Sheriff Christopher Cooper, or "Coop," comes into town to see Liz Arnold, a wealthy Bostonian who doubles as doctor and superintendent of the reservation. Their relationship is tenuous: though Liz is sexually attracted to Coop, she regards him as her social and intellectual inferior and scorns his coarse manner. Willie meets Lola in the woods at midnight as planned, but their lovemaking is interrupted by the appearance of her father and brothers. Lola's father is killed in the ensuing scuffle, and, according to tribal tradition, Lola becomes Willie's wife. Liz, however, has other ambitions for Lola, and she insists that Coop apprehend the couple so that she can be returned to the reservation. Though his sympathies are with the Indians, Coop reluctantly heads a posse of bloodthirsty ranchers, but Willie and Lola evade the group. As the pursuit through the Mojave Desert drags on, Coop abandons the posse in order to return to town so that he may serve as bodyguard to the visiting President Taft. In Coop's absence, Willie picks off the pursuers' horses and accidentally shoots Ray Calvert, a member of the posse. The hysterical fear of an Indian uprising and assassination attempt against the President sweeps the town, and Coop is forced to continue his pursuit. The chase has left Lola so exhausted that she has become a liability to Willie, but she refuses to abandon him; and when the posse finds her dead body the following day, opinion is divided on whether she died by Willie's hand or by her own. Coop soon traps Willie in the mountains, and a confrontation is forced. When the Indian raises his rifle, Coop shoots against his will, only to discover that Willie's gun contains no bullets. +

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