South of Death Valley (1949)

54-55 mins | Comedy-drama | 18 August 1949

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Fayte Browne

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Aug 1949.
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Daily Variety
16 Sep 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Aug 49
p. 4715.
Variety
12 Jul 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Saturday Night in San Antone," words and music by Milton Drake
"Rock-a-Bye Baby," words and music by Effie I. Canning, additional lyrics by Mrs. Tommy Duncan
"When You Go" and "The Ever-Lovin' Marshal, words and music by Smiley Burnette.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
18 August 1949
Production Date:
6 April--13 April 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 August 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2438
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54-55
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Nugget City, when ranchers find dying cattle near the river, they blame the deaths on polluted runoff from the neighboring mines. While investigating the death of his brother-in-law, miner John Carr, Steve Downey is shot at by Molly Tavish, who warns him not to reopen the mine. Later, a shootout erupts between the ranchers and the miners. Disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve stops the fight and asks Molly for an explanation. She advises him to talk to Marshal Smiley Burnette in Nugget City. Smiley details the origins of the war between the miners and the ranchers and tells Steve that many people believe that Molly's brother Tommy killed Carr. Steve then calls on Sam Ashton, who staked Carr when he opened his mine and whose own mine is the only one that, because it does not drain into the river, is still in operation. When Steve returns to the Carr mine, Ashton orders his men to kill him and throw the blame on the Tavishes. Steve eludes the killers, but loses his hat during his escape. One of Ashton's men then kills Tommy and drops Steve's hat nearby, so that it will appear that Steve has avenged Carr's death. Not realizing what has occurred, Steve brings a sample of ore into town to be tested, but when he overhears a suspicious conversation between Ashton and Mullen, the assayer, he substitutes a previously tested sample for the one from the mine. Molly's other brother Scotty then tries to kill Steve, whom he believes to be Tommy's killer. Hearing Scotty's story, Smiley is obligated to place ... +


In Nugget City, when ranchers find dying cattle near the river, they blame the deaths on polluted runoff from the neighboring mines. While investigating the death of his brother-in-law, miner John Carr, Steve Downey is shot at by Molly Tavish, who warns him not to reopen the mine. Later, a shootout erupts between the ranchers and the miners. Disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve stops the fight and asks Molly for an explanation. She advises him to talk to Marshal Smiley Burnette in Nugget City. Smiley details the origins of the war between the miners and the ranchers and tells Steve that many people believe that Molly's brother Tommy killed Carr. Steve then calls on Sam Ashton, who staked Carr when he opened his mine and whose own mine is the only one that, because it does not drain into the river, is still in operation. When Steve returns to the Carr mine, Ashton orders his men to kill him and throw the blame on the Tavishes. Steve eludes the killers, but loses his hat during his escape. One of Ashton's men then kills Tommy and drops Steve's hat nearby, so that it will appear that Steve has avenged Carr's death. Not realizing what has occurred, Steve brings a sample of ore into town to be tested, but when he overhears a suspicious conversation between Ashton and Mullen, the assayer, he substitutes a previously tested sample for the one from the mine. Molly's other brother Scotty then tries to kill Steve, whom he believes to be Tommy's killer. Hearing Scotty's story, Smiley is obligated to place Steve in jail. When Ashton tells Steve that the ore sample was no good, Steve's suspicions are confirmed. He escapes from jail and searches Mullen's office, where he finds a receipt for a quantity of strychnine. In the meantime, unaware that Steve has escaped, someone tries to kill him in jail, and, hoping to lure the killers into the open, Steve pretends that he is dead. Stirred up by Ashton, a posse forms to arrest Scotty for Steve's murder. During the ensuing gunfight, Steve, disguised as The Durango Kid, helps Scotty and Molly escape. Steve then forces Mullen to admit that Ashton and his men poisoned the river. Again disguised as The Durango Kid, Steve follows Ashton's men to a secret entrance to Carr's mine and witnesses them loading wagons with gold. Later, he captures Ashton and his men and explains that they poisoned the river in order to secretly gain access to the other mines. Now that there is peace, Steve leaves town. +

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