Horsemen of the Sierras (1949)

55.5 or 59-61 mins | Western | 22 September 1949

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writer:

Barry Shipman

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Fayte Browne

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Several volumes of the FDYB erroneously listed the title of the film as " Horsemen of the Sierra ". For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

Several volumes of the FDYB erroneously listed the title of the film as " Horsemen of the Sierra ". For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Sep 1949.
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Daily Variety
14 Oct 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 49
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Dec 49
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The Exhibitor
26 Oct 49
p. p. 2729.
Variety
8 Mar 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Remember Me," words and music by Scotty Wiseman
"Tonight's My Night to Howl," words and music by Smiley Burnette
"Fair Weather Baby," words and music by T. Texas Tyler and Harold Hensley.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
22 September 1949
Production Date:
9 March--17 March 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 September 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2521
Duration(in mins):
55.5 or 59-61
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young Robin "Robbie" Grant, the heir to a ranch, escapes from a nearby orphanage and steals U.S. Marshal Steve Saunders' horse. Steve has come to town to find the murderer of a government surveyor who was working on the ranch. Ownership of the ranch is being contested by the relatives of Robbie's dead parents, Don Grant and Lola Webster. The feud began when Chris Grant was killed and Ellory Webster, who was running the ranch with Chris, was blamed for his death. Ellory was presumed killed during a fire, and now it is rumored that his ghost haunts the ranch. When Robbie's relatives refuse to let him stay at the ranch, Sheriff Smiley Burnette shelters the boy in the town jail. Later, disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve speaks with Patty McGregor, who works as a cashier at the hotel owned by Phineas Grant, the leader of the Grant faction. Steve reveals that he knows she is the sister of the dead surveyor and is secretly trying to find his killer. After his attempt to kill Steve fails, Duke Webster, the leader of the Webster faction, is jailed. Phineas then kidnaps Robbie and frees Webster, who is secretly his partner. Meanwhile, Phineas, who suspects the ghost is a living person, organizes all the Grants for a manhunt, and Duke assembles all the Websters. The Durango Kid breaks up the ensuing fight and arrests both Phineas and Duke. He then forces them to admit that they are really partners and are trying to eliminate the other heirs so that they alone will have access to the oil they know ... +


Young Robin "Robbie" Grant, the heir to a ranch, escapes from a nearby orphanage and steals U.S. Marshal Steve Saunders' horse. Steve has come to town to find the murderer of a government surveyor who was working on the ranch. Ownership of the ranch is being contested by the relatives of Robbie's dead parents, Don Grant and Lola Webster. The feud began when Chris Grant was killed and Ellory Webster, who was running the ranch with Chris, was blamed for his death. Ellory was presumed killed during a fire, and now it is rumored that his ghost haunts the ranch. When Robbie's relatives refuse to let him stay at the ranch, Sheriff Smiley Burnette shelters the boy in the town jail. Later, disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve speaks with Patty McGregor, who works as a cashier at the hotel owned by Phineas Grant, the leader of the Grant faction. Steve reveals that he knows she is the sister of the dead surveyor and is secretly trying to find his killer. After his attempt to kill Steve fails, Duke Webster, the leader of the Webster faction, is jailed. Phineas then kidnaps Robbie and frees Webster, who is secretly his partner. Meanwhile, Phineas, who suspects the ghost is a living person, organizes all the Grants for a manhunt, and Duke assembles all the Websters. The Durango Kid breaks up the ensuing fight and arrests both Phineas and Duke. He then forces them to admit that they are really partners and are trying to eliminate the other heirs so that they alone will have access to the oil they know is on the ranch. Duke reveals that Phineas killed Chris, and in retaliation, Phineas discloses that Duke killed the surveyor to prevent him from announcing his discovery of oil on the ranch. Now that the feud has ended, Robbie receives the ranch and Ellory, who was not dead, comes out of hiding. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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