Rustlers of the Badlands (1945)

55 mins | Western | 16 August 1945

Director:

Derwin Abrahams

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

George Meehan

Editor:

Aaron Stell

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Renegade Roundup . The DV review erroneously listed the title as " Rustlers of the Badland ." For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

The working title of this film was Renegade Roundup . The DV review erroneously listed the title as " Rustlers of the Badland ." For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jul 1945.
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Daily Variety
17 Aug 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Nov 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Aug 45
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 45
p. 2418.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Aug 45
p. 2610.
The Exhibitor
5 Sep 1945
p. 1777.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Dusty Saddle on the Ole Barn Wall," words by Mickey Stoner, music by Burt Rice
"Yodelin' Kate," words and music by Ben and Al Trace
"Hey! Louella," words by Frank Davis and Jerry Levy, music by Charles Cody, Sam Braverman and Win Brookhouse.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Renegade Roundup
Release Date:
16 August 1945
Production Date:
12 July--21 July 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 June 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13388
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
5,231
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
10387
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Steve Lindsay, a civilian scout attached to the U.S. Cavalry, and his friend, Tex Harding, are assigned to investigate the murder of an Army lieutenant in connection with cattle rustling in Antelope Valley, New Mexico. After Tex and Steve ride their separate trails to Antelope Valley, Cannonball, a third scout, decides to follow them. Along the trail, Steve witnesses the holdup of a wagon driven by Sally Boylston, the niece of missing rancher Andrew Boylston. After the robber steals a legal document belonging to Sally, Steve overtakes him and escorts him to town, arriving just after Sally and her passenger, banker Henry Emerson, arrive. Jim Norton, the foreman of the Boylston ranch, who is secretly in league with the rustlers, accuses Steve of being one of the bandits. The document in Steve's possession is used to convict him, and he is sentenced to be hanged. Preparations for Steve's execution are underway when Tex and Canonball ride into town and rescue him. Later, disguising himself as The Durango Kid, a masked fighter for justice, Steve visits Sally at her ranch, and she tells him that Norton, despite the threat of the rustlers, has decided to drive a herd of cattle to an isolated Army outpost. Suspecting a setup, Steve, Tex and Cannonball disrupt the ensuing cattle raid and follow the rustlers to their hideout. There, they discover that Boylston is being held hostage, and after a shootout in which the rancher is wounded, they free him and take him to his ranch. While Sally and Tex take Boylston to the doctor in town, Steve and Cannonball decoy the bandits. Just as Steve shoots one of ... +


Steve Lindsay, a civilian scout attached to the U.S. Cavalry, and his friend, Tex Harding, are assigned to investigate the murder of an Army lieutenant in connection with cattle rustling in Antelope Valley, New Mexico. After Tex and Steve ride their separate trails to Antelope Valley, Cannonball, a third scout, decides to follow them. Along the trail, Steve witnesses the holdup of a wagon driven by Sally Boylston, the niece of missing rancher Andrew Boylston. After the robber steals a legal document belonging to Sally, Steve overtakes him and escorts him to town, arriving just after Sally and her passenger, banker Henry Emerson, arrive. Jim Norton, the foreman of the Boylston ranch, who is secretly in league with the rustlers, accuses Steve of being one of the bandits. The document in Steve's possession is used to convict him, and he is sentenced to be hanged. Preparations for Steve's execution are underway when Tex and Canonball ride into town and rescue him. Later, disguising himself as The Durango Kid, a masked fighter for justice, Steve visits Sally at her ranch, and she tells him that Norton, despite the threat of the rustlers, has decided to drive a herd of cattle to an isolated Army outpost. Suspecting a setup, Steve, Tex and Cannonball disrupt the ensuing cattle raid and follow the rustlers to their hideout. There, they discover that Boylston is being held hostage, and after a shootout in which the rancher is wounded, they free him and take him to his ranch. While Sally and Tex take Boylston to the doctor in town, Steve and Cannonball decoy the bandits. Just as Steve shoots one of the rustlers, the sheriff and his posse appear. The outlaws accuse Steve and Cannonball of being rustlers, but Steve claims that Boylston can prove his innocence. The sheriff then accompanies them all to town, but when Boylston and the others fail to arrive, he jails Steve and Cannonball. After breaking out of the cell, Steve, suspecting that Norton and his henchmen are holding Boylston, Tex and Sally prisoner, dons his Durango Kid disguise and rides to the Boylston ranch to search for evidence to incriminate Norton. Upon finding a damning bank book in Norton's name, Steve confronts him with the evidence and threatens to turn him over to the authorities unless Norton gives him half of his ill-gotten gains. Norton consents and leads Steve to his hideout, where a blazing gunfight ensues between Steve and the outlaws. Just in the nick of time, Cannonball and the sheriff arrive to apprehend Norton and his henchmen and bring them to justice. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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