The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)

90 mins | Western | July 1949

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Kenneth Gamet

Producer:

Harry Joe Brown

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Editor:

Charles Nelson

Production Designer:

George Brooks

Production Company:

Producers-Actors Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were The Great Manhunt , Wild Bill Doolin and $5,000 Reward . Bill Doolin was, as the movie depicts, a member of the Dalton gang who started his own gang when the Daltons were destroyed in the Coffeyville raid in 1892. Doolin's gang, known as The Oklahombres, committed a number of bank and train robberies in Oklahoma before Doolin was captured by sheriff Bill Tilghman. Doolin escaped but was eventually killed by a ... More Less

The film's working titles were The Great Manhunt , Wild Bill Doolin and $5,000 Reward . Bill Doolin was, as the movie depicts, a member of the Dalton gang who started his own gang when the Daltons were destroyed in the Coffeyville raid in 1892. Doolin's gang, known as The Oklahombres, committed a number of bank and train robberies in Oklahoma before Doolin was captured by sheriff Bill Tilghman. Doolin escaped but was eventually killed by a posse. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Jun 1949.
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Daily Variety
31 May 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
3 Jun 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 48
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 48
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 48
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Jun 49
pp. 4633-34.
Variety
1 Jun 49
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
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MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
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SOUND
Sd eng
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wild Bill Doolin
Five Thousand Dollar Reward
Release Date:
July 1949
Production Date:
11 October--8 November 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Producers Actors Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 July 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2384
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Oklahoma, after the Civil War, conflict between homesteaders and cowboys leads to the formation of outlaw gangs like the James Boys and the Younger Brothers. After U. S. Marshals target the Dalton gang and attack them during a bank robbery, the only member remaining alive is Bill Doolin. Later, in self-defense, Doolin kills Wichita, the man who informed on the Daltons, and is chased by a posse. Doolin evades his pursuers, however, and joins forces with Red Buck, Arkansas Tom Jones, Tulsa Jack Blake, Bitter Creek and Little Bill, who become known as the Doolin Gang. After several months of robbing banks, Doolin splits the take among the gang members and orders them to separate until things cool off. They agree to meet in three months time in the town of Ingalls. Riding just ahead of the pursuing marshals, Doolin hides out in a church in the small town of Claymore. After completing a service, Deacon Burton invites Doolin to join his family for dinner. At first, Doolin turns down the invitation, but when the posse returns, he accepts in order to avoid it. At dinner, he talks with Elaine, Burton's attractive daughter, who speaks so tenderly of the joys of farming that Doolin decides to try it. By the end of the three months, Doolin, using the name Daley, has married Elaine and settled on a farm. When Little Bill returns for him, he explains that he wants to leave the gang. Later, however, two gang members, posing as marshals, reveal Doolin's identity to Elaine, and Burton persuades him to leave town. As time passes, the gang grows ... +


In Oklahoma, after the Civil War, conflict between homesteaders and cowboys leads to the formation of outlaw gangs like the James Boys and the Younger Brothers. After U. S. Marshals target the Dalton gang and attack them during a bank robbery, the only member remaining alive is Bill Doolin. Later, in self-defense, Doolin kills Wichita, the man who informed on the Daltons, and is chased by a posse. Doolin evades his pursuers, however, and joins forces with Red Buck, Arkansas Tom Jones, Tulsa Jack Blake, Bitter Creek and Little Bill, who become known as the Doolin Gang. After several months of robbing banks, Doolin splits the take among the gang members and orders them to separate until things cool off. They agree to meet in three months time in the town of Ingalls. Riding just ahead of the pursuing marshals, Doolin hides out in a church in the small town of Claymore. After completing a service, Deacon Burton invites Doolin to join his family for dinner. At first, Doolin turns down the invitation, but when the posse returns, he accepts in order to avoid it. At dinner, he talks with Elaine, Burton's attractive daughter, who speaks so tenderly of the joys of farming that Doolin decides to try it. By the end of the three months, Doolin, using the name Daley, has married Elaine and settled on a farm. When Little Bill returns for him, he explains that he wants to leave the gang. Later, however, two gang members, posing as marshals, reveal Doolin's identity to Elaine, and Burton persuades him to leave town. As time passes, the gang grows increasingly restive. Doolin takes them back to Ingalls for a rest, but an undercover marshal is waiting in town, and fetches the posse. During the ensuing gunfight, Tulsa is killed and Arkansas is captured. Later, Bitter Creek and Red Buck are also killed. Doolin then suggests that he and Little Bill hide out on Doolin's old farm, which he is sure will be deserted. To his surprise, Elaine is still living there, waiting for his return. They decide to leave together for an area between Kansas and Texas that has not been claimed by the government. When the marshal in Claymore sees Elaine buying supplies, he becomes suspicious and investigates. Little Bill warns Doolin and then starts a stampede of wild horses to cover Doolin's escape. Little Bill is killed in the stampede, but Doolin manages to slip into town and meet Elaine. As they talk, he realizes how hard a life on the run will be for her and sends her to her parents. After she rides out of sight, Doolin walks out to meet his death. +

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