The Plunderers (1948)

87 mins | Western | 1 December 1948

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Far Outpost . Although the viewed print was black-and-white, the film was released in color. Opening credits include the following written statement: "From the history of the Old West comes this story of the Outlaw Trail. In the 1870's renegades and gunfighters rode almost unchallenged in the territories of Wyoming and Arizona. Law enforcement was practically unknown, dependent as it was on widely scattered army posts and local sheriffs who were ineffectual against the outlaw gangs which attacked swiftly and escaped into the rugged wilderness...." Some scenes in the film were shot on location at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA and in Kernville, CA. According to a Jan 1948 HR news item, William Elliott was originally slated to star in the picture. A mid-Jun 1948 news item lists Holly Bane , Tom Moffatt and Lynn Farr in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. HR production charts add Houseley Stevenson to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add John Hart and Roy Barcroft to the ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Far Outpost . Although the viewed print was black-and-white, the film was released in color. Opening credits include the following written statement: "From the history of the Old West comes this story of the Outlaw Trail. In the 1870's renegades and gunfighters rode almost unchallenged in the territories of Wyoming and Arizona. Law enforcement was practically unknown, dependent as it was on widely scattered army posts and local sheriffs who were ineffectual against the outlaw gangs which attacked swiftly and escaped into the rugged wilderness...." Some scenes in the film were shot on location at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA and in Kernville, CA. According to a Jan 1948 HR news item, William Elliott was originally slated to star in the picture. A mid-Jun 1948 news item lists Holly Bane , Tom Moffatt and Lynn Farr in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. HR production charts add Houseley Stevenson to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add John Hart and Roy Barcroft to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Nov 1948.
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Daily Variety
1 Nov 48
pp. 3-4.
Film Daily
3 Nov 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 48
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 48
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 48
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Nov 48
p. 4373.
Variety
3 Nov 48
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Based on an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Walking Down Broadway," music and lyrics by William H. Lingard and Charles E. Pratt, special lyrics by Jack Elliott
"I'll Sing a Love Song," traditional, special lyrics by Jack Elliott, Spanish lyrics by Aaron Gonzales.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Far Outpost
Release Date:
1 December 1948
Production Date:
late May--late June 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 November 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1999
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13306
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the 1870s, while flirting with saloon singer Lin Conner and her friend, Julie Ann McCabe, in Barnaby's general store, Johnny Drum, a fugitive wanted for murder, is confronted by Sheriff Sam Borden. When Sam attempts an arrest, Johnny shoots him, then flees the store. Johnny then steals Julie's horse and eludes Deputy Tap Lawrence's posse. On the trail, Johnny is attacked by Sioux warriors, but is saved by Whit Lacey, an outlaw accused of raiding Eben Martin's mining operation. Aware that Johnny, too, is a wanted man, Whit convinces him to participate in a fake marriage to his sweetheart, Julie, whom Tap has been doggedly following in the hope that she will lead him to Whit. Posing as Julie's old flame, Johnny Corrigan, Johnny returns to town, where he and Julie are married by a phony justice. Soon after, Johnny meets secretly with Sam, whom he pretended to shoot as part of an Army undercover operation, and speculates that an inside source has been giving Whit information about Martin's mines. Johnny then leaves town with Lin and Julie, who happily reunites with Whit on the trail. To Julie's dismay, Whit announces that he has one more job to do before they can head for California and makes plans with Calico, his right-hand man, to steal horses from a passing herd. When Whit tries to sell the stolen horses to an Army officer, a cowboy wounded during the ambush identifies him as a horse thief, and Whit barely escapes with his life. That evening at Whit's hideout, Whit informs Julie that she, Johnny and Lin have to return to town for a few days. In ... +


In the 1870s, while flirting with saloon singer Lin Conner and her friend, Julie Ann McCabe, in Barnaby's general store, Johnny Drum, a fugitive wanted for murder, is confronted by Sheriff Sam Borden. When Sam attempts an arrest, Johnny shoots him, then flees the store. Johnny then steals Julie's horse and eludes Deputy Tap Lawrence's posse. On the trail, Johnny is attacked by Sioux warriors, but is saved by Whit Lacey, an outlaw accused of raiding Eben Martin's mining operation. Aware that Johnny, too, is a wanted man, Whit convinces him to participate in a fake marriage to his sweetheart, Julie, whom Tap has been doggedly following in the hope that she will lead him to Whit. Posing as Julie's old flame, Johnny Corrigan, Johnny returns to town, where he and Julie are married by a phony justice. Soon after, Johnny meets secretly with Sam, whom he pretended to shoot as part of an Army undercover operation, and speculates that an inside source has been giving Whit information about Martin's mines. Johnny then leaves town with Lin and Julie, who happily reunites with Whit on the trail. To Julie's dismay, Whit announces that he has one more job to do before they can head for California and makes plans with Calico, his right-hand man, to steal horses from a passing herd. When Whit tries to sell the stolen horses to an Army officer, a cowboy wounded during the ambush identifies him as a horse thief, and Whit barely escapes with his life. That evening at Whit's hideout, Whit informs Julie that she, Johnny and Lin have to return to town for a few days. In town, Johnny, whose eyes were covered coming and going from the hideout, gives Sam some drawings he made of the surrounding area, hoping that a surveyor will be able to pinpoint the hideout's exact location. Later, the wealthy Martin proposes to Lin, but to Johnny's relief, she turns him down. Johnny then makes his own proposal and kisses the surprised singer. The next day, after Johnny buys a supply of ammunition and he, Lin and Julie leave for the hideout, Tap tells Martin that Sam's murder was faked. Unknown to Tap and Sam, Martin is behind the raids on his mine, which he hopes to sell for a large profit. After Martin sends a messenger to Whit's hideout with news of Johnny's impersonation, Whit, who has grown as fond of Johnny as Johnny has of Whit, allows him to escape. As Whit, Calico, Julie and Lin flee the hideout, they are captured by Sam and his deputies. Sam takes Julie, Lin and his two prisoners, who have refused to reveal who sent the note about Johnny, to an Army outpost, where they are to be jailed temporarily. Out of loyalty to Julie, Lin begs Johnny to release Whit, and when Johnny refuses, she rejects his proposal. Having recently arrived at the outpost, Martin, fearing exposure, incites the locals to form a lynch mob against Whit and Calico. Just as they are about to hang the prisoners, a band of Sioux Indians, led by Red Cloud, shoots a flaming arrow of war into the outpost. Johnny frees Whit and Calico to help in the fight, and as the three men prepare to reclaim an outer building from the Sioux, Calico forces Martin to accompany them. After the men overwhelm the Indians guarding the building, Calico exposes Martin as his boss. Julie then makes a dash for the building and is reunited with Whit, who is compelled to knock her out in order to return her to the outpost. Johnny orders Martin to carry the unconscious Julie back, and when Martin refuses, Whit shoots him. Johnny then volunteers, but as he runs toward the outpost, an arrow pierces Julie's back, killing her. The well-armed Indians then blast a hole in the outpost and swarm inside, and Whit and Calico are killed during the fiery battle. After much bloodshed, Cavalry troops arrive and subdue the Indians. Later, Johnny is discharged from the Army, and he and Lin look forward to married life on Johnny's Texas ranch. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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