The Stranger from Ponca City (1947)

55-56 mins | Western | 3 July 1947

Director:

Derwin Abrahams

Writer:

Ed Earl Repp

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

George F. Kelley

Editor:

Burton Kramer

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A HR news item notes that portions of the film were shot at the Providencia Ranch, Universal City, CA. For additional information about "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

A HR news item notes that portions of the film were shot at the Providencia Ranch, Universal City, CA. For additional information about "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
5 Jul 1947.
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Daily Variety
5 Sep 1947.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 46
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
23 Nov 46
p. 48.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Nov 1947.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOUND
Sd tech
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hootenanny Annie," words and music by Texas Jim Lewis
"Catfish Take a Look at That Worm," "Top It" and "Law and Order," words and music by Smiley Burnette
"Hill Billy Lil," words and music by Cindy Walker.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
3 July 1947
Production Date:
15 November--23 November 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 June 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1036
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55-56
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
12207
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Steve Larkin travels from Ponca City to the town of Red Mound to buy the abandoned Atkins ranch. Upon arriving, Steve is puzzled to see a white line transversing the street, dividing the town from north to south. Steve proceeds to the local café, where the proprietor, Smiley Burnette, explains that the line divides the respectable business owners in the northern section of the town from the lawless gunman who inhabit the southern section. When Steve mentions that he has come to buy the Atkins ranch, Smiley warns of dire consequences if he consummates the deal. Before Smiley can elucidate, however, their conversation is interrupted by the sound of gunfire. In the street, Steve finds Deputy Marshal Tug Carter being chastised by storekeeper Grat Carmody for failing to uphold the law. Two gunmen have stolen items from Carmody's store and run across the line, attempting to lure Tug to certain death by crossing the line. As Tug nears the line, Steve lassos the outlaws waiting to ambush him and turns them over to the deputy. Carmody then offers Steve the job of town marshal, but Steve refuses and heads for the Atkins ranch. There, he is startled by Terry Saunders, the real estate broker representing the property. Although Terry warns him about the mysterious events that have befallen all those who have been interested in buying the property, Steve purchases it anyway. Noticing a shadowy figure at the window, Steve steps outside and sees a a man gallop off on his horse. The man, Fargo, one of the gunmen from town, then meets two other outlaws along the trail and they ... +


Steve Larkin travels from Ponca City to the town of Red Mound to buy the abandoned Atkins ranch. Upon arriving, Steve is puzzled to see a white line transversing the street, dividing the town from north to south. Steve proceeds to the local café, where the proprietor, Smiley Burnette, explains that the line divides the respectable business owners in the northern section of the town from the lawless gunman who inhabit the southern section. When Steve mentions that he has come to buy the Atkins ranch, Smiley warns of dire consequences if he consummates the deal. Before Smiley can elucidate, however, their conversation is interrupted by the sound of gunfire. In the street, Steve finds Deputy Marshal Tug Carter being chastised by storekeeper Grat Carmody for failing to uphold the law. Two gunmen have stolen items from Carmody's store and run across the line, attempting to lure Tug to certain death by crossing the line. As Tug nears the line, Steve lassos the outlaws waiting to ambush him and turns them over to the deputy. Carmody then offers Steve the job of town marshal, but Steve refuses and heads for the Atkins ranch. There, he is startled by Terry Saunders, the real estate broker representing the property. Although Terry warns him about the mysterious events that have befallen all those who have been interested in buying the property, Steve purchases it anyway. Noticing a shadowy figure at the window, Steve steps outside and sees a a man gallop off on his horse. The man, Fargo, one of the gunmen from town, then meets two other outlaws along the trail and they plan to rob Terry as she rides back to town. Just as Terry is attacked by the renegades, the masked rider of justice known as The Durango Kid, Steve's alter ego, appears from the hills and drives them away. Upon reaching town, Terry goes to Carmody's store to register the sale of the ranch. When Flip Dugan, one of the gunmen, tries to prevent Carmody from registering the deed, The Durango Kid appears and insists that Carmody record the sale. Dugan then signals for the gang to lay siege to the store, but The Durango Kid escapes through the back door. Later, when Steve rides into town, he is shot at by an unseen assailant and Terry recalls that all previous buyers of the ranch had also been bushwacked. Deciding to search the ranch for clues, Steve recruits Smiley, Tug and Texas Jim Lewis to help him. While riding the range, Steve finds a broken spur and devises a plan to trap the gang. Later that day, The Durango Kid sneaks into the café, and upon spotting Dugan's broken spur, accuses him of being one of the bushwackers. When one of Dugan's friends draws his gun, The Durango Kid once again escapes through the back door. Soon after, Steve comes to Carmody's store to buy some supplies and asks the storekeeper to invite all the respectable people in town to a party at his ranch the next day. At the party, Steve confides to Tug and the boys that he suspects that the outlaws have been using his ranch to conceal stolen property and that he hopes the party will lure the rustlers into driving the cattle through the ranch while the rest of the town is occupied at the festivities. Overhearing Steve's plot, Carmody, the covert leader of the gang, rides off, followed by Steve and the others. As Tug and the boys confront the gang, The Durango Kid races from the hills to apprehend Carmody. With Carmody's gang behind bars, Tug is appointed marshal and erases the white line dividing the town. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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