Sheriff of Wichita (1949)

60 mins | Western | 22 January 1949

Director:

R. G. Springsteen

Writer:

Bob Williams

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources include Dick Curtis, Lane Bradford and Stanley Price in the ... More Less

Modern sources include Dick Curtis, Lane Bradford and Stanley Price in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Mar 1949.
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Daily Variety
25 Feb 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Mar 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 49
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Mar 49
p. 4522.
Variety
2 Mar 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 January 1949
Production Date:
mid Oct--late Oct 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 March 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2137
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13513
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the 1890s, a few months before his scheduled release, Lt. Raymond D'Arcy, who was convicted of robbing an Army payroll five years earlier, escapes from a federal prison in Kansas. After he is assigned to find him, Deputy Jack Thorne visits the prison warden, who gives him an envelope with no return address, and explains that Raymond received it shortly before escaping. The warden then gives Jack the address of former Army scout Nugget Clark of Crossroads, the only other person ever to write Raymond in prison. At the Crossroads post office, Jack finds Nugget, who has just received an envelope identical to the one that the warden gave him. As Jack watches, Nugget reads the letter, rips it up and then throws it into the trash bin. Later, Jack retrieves the pieces of the letter and shows them to Nugget's friend, Allan "Rocky" Lane, the sheriff of Wichita County. Rocky reads the letter's instructions to go to the nearby abandoned Fort Borden. Rocky then visits Marshal James and learns that Raymond, whose squadron had been assigned to guard the Army payroll, also disappeared after the robbery and was later court-martialed. Rocky follows Nugget to the fort, and there they see Raymond. Rocky tries to arrest him, but Nugget quickly pulls his gun and insists that Rocky listen to Raymond's story. Raymond then says that at the time of the robbery, he did not realize that his superior, Maj. Alvin Bishop, had become involved with a gang of robbers led by Sam Stark, a notorious outlaw. Raymond explains that he was accused of the crime after Bishop disappeared with ... +


In the 1890s, a few months before his scheduled release, Lt. Raymond D'Arcy, who was convicted of robbing an Army payroll five years earlier, escapes from a federal prison in Kansas. After he is assigned to find him, Deputy Jack Thorne visits the prison warden, who gives him an envelope with no return address, and explains that Raymond received it shortly before escaping. The warden then gives Jack the address of former Army scout Nugget Clark of Crossroads, the only other person ever to write Raymond in prison. At the Crossroads post office, Jack finds Nugget, who has just received an envelope identical to the one that the warden gave him. As Jack watches, Nugget reads the letter, rips it up and then throws it into the trash bin. Later, Jack retrieves the pieces of the letter and shows them to Nugget's friend, Allan "Rocky" Lane, the sheriff of Wichita County. Rocky reads the letter's instructions to go to the nearby abandoned Fort Borden. Rocky then visits Marshal James and learns that Raymond, whose squadron had been assigned to guard the Army payroll, also disappeared after the robbery and was later court-martialed. Rocky follows Nugget to the fort, and there they see Raymond. Rocky tries to arrest him, but Nugget quickly pulls his gun and insists that Rocky listen to Raymond's story. Raymond then says that at the time of the robbery, he did not realize that his superior, Maj. Alvin Bishop, had become involved with a gang of robbers led by Sam Stark, a notorious outlaw. Raymond explains that he was accused of the crime after Bishop disappeared with the money. Soon, two former cavalrymen from Bishop's group, Howard Thornton and Ira Flanders, arrive at the fort, and Rocky guesses that the letter writer has invited the entire squadron. Having learned about the meeting from one of his henchmen, Stark arrives at the fort, saying that he had hoped to recover the payroll from Bishop. Suddenly, there is a loud blast, and the group rushes outside, where they see smoke drifting from the fort's cannon. When Rocky finds Bishop's daughter Nancy hiding nearby, she admits that she wrote the letters in the hope that she could clear her father's name. Later, at Rocky's urging, Nancy writes a second letter to each of the men demanding that the responsible parties surrender. Overcome with guilt, Flanders tries to confess, but is shot by an unknown assailant. Before he dies, Flanders tells Rocky that the real robbers, Stark and Thornton, are camped a few miles away. Rocky tries to arrest the suspects, but the rest of the gang attacks, and Stark and Thornton escape. Later, Rocky, Nugget and Raymond find the payroll box in a cave next to Bishop's decaying corpse. When Stark and the gang try to steal the money, they are arrested. After Nugget receives a letter from the Department of War stating that he has been reinstated and promoted, Rocky gives him the reward money for capturing the gang and turns his horse Black Jack toward the open trail. +

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