Sand (1949)

77 mins | Western | July 1949

Director:

Louis King

Producer:

Robert Bassler

Cinematographer:

Charles G. Clarke

Editor:

Nick DeMaggio

Production Designers:

Lyle Wheeler, Chester Gore

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's title card reads: "Will James' Sand ." A written acknowledgment at the end of the film reads: "Grateful acknowledgement is made to the Forest Service and the State of Colorado for assistance in photographing this picture in the beautiful location in San Juan National Forest and in the State of Colorado." According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, after the great success of Fox's 1946 film Smoky , producer Robert Bassler persuaded studio head Darryl F. Zanuck to acquire another Will James story. In Sep 1947, the studio bought rights to Sand from Will James's literary heirs for the sum of $8,500, but the film bears little resemblance to the novel.
       Exterior filming for Sand was done on a ranch leased from J. R. Stevens of Pagoda Springs CO., and on the R. E. Hutchenson ranch near Durango. Jubilee was played by Sun's Red Shadow but various doubles were used for fighting, jumping, bucking, etc. The horses were supplied by the Clarence Y. "Fat" Jones livery stable. A studio publicity release dated Feb 1949 includes Jay Silverheels and Harry Cheshire in the cast, but neither actor was spotted in the print viewed. Sand was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Color ... More Less

The film's title card reads: "Will James' Sand ." A written acknowledgment at the end of the film reads: "Grateful acknowledgement is made to the Forest Service and the State of Colorado for assistance in photographing this picture in the beautiful location in San Juan National Forest and in the State of Colorado." According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, after the great success of Fox's 1946 film Smoky , producer Robert Bassler persuaded studio head Darryl F. Zanuck to acquire another Will James story. In Sep 1947, the studio bought rights to Sand from Will James's literary heirs for the sum of $8,500, but the film bears little resemblance to the novel.
       Exterior filming for Sand was done on a ranch leased from J. R. Stevens of Pagoda Springs CO., and on the R. E. Hutchenson ranch near Durango. Jubilee was played by Sun's Red Shadow but various doubles were used for fighting, jumping, bucking, etc. The horses were supplied by the Clarence Y. "Fat" Jones livery stable. A studio publicity release dated Feb 1949 includes Jay Silverheels and Harry Cheshire in the cast, but neither actor was spotted in the print viewed. Sand was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Color Cinematography. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Apr 1949.
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Daily Variety
25 Apr 49
p. 6.
Film Daily
25 Apr 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 48
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 48
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Apr 49
p. 4590.
New York Times
5 Aug 49
p. 23.
Variety
4 May 49
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Equine supv
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Equine supv asst
Livestock supv
S.P.C.A. supv
Transportation
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Inspired by the novel Sand by Will James (New York, 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Will James' Sand
Release Date:
July 1949
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Denver, CO: 28 June 1949
Production Date:
16 June--29 August 1948
addl scenes and retakes 28 October--29 October 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2454
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,990
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13225
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One night, after a cattle roundup and branding on the Hartley ranch in Colorado, a wild stallion lures away Lady, a pinto mare belonging to foreman Chick Palmer. Chick shoots at the stallion, but hits Lady by mistake and has to destroy her. Chick wants to go after the stallion, but Joan Hartley tells him that the horse might be a show stallion that recently fled from a fire aboard a train passing through the area. Joan decides to notify the owner, Jeff Keane, who arrives by air a few days later. Jeff, who runs one of the country's largest stables of show horses, takes Joan and her grandfather over the area in his light plane to see if they can spot the horse. They eventually find the horse and Jeff is able to identify it as his show horse, Jubilee. Joan invites Jeff to stay at the ranch, and over dinner he tells Joan and her grandfather about Jubilee's life. He explains that he was present when Jubilee was born and that the horse was being shipped West when the railroad car in which he was traveling caught fire. When the train was halted and the door opened, Jubilee headed for the hills. Jeff went after him on another horse but couldn't find him. Meanwhile, Jubilee encountered a mountain lion cub and was chased off by its mother then two Indians found Jubilee and tried to brand him but lost him. After dinner, Joan introduces Jeff to Chick, who tells him about the incident with Lady and requests compensation from Jeff for his loss. Jeff refuses when he learns that Chick shot at Jubilee. However, he does offer ... +


One night, after a cattle roundup and branding on the Hartley ranch in Colorado, a wild stallion lures away Lady, a pinto mare belonging to foreman Chick Palmer. Chick shoots at the stallion, but hits Lady by mistake and has to destroy her. Chick wants to go after the stallion, but Joan Hartley tells him that the horse might be a show stallion that recently fled from a fire aboard a train passing through the area. Joan decides to notify the owner, Jeff Keane, who arrives by air a few days later. Jeff, who runs one of the country's largest stables of show horses, takes Joan and her grandfather over the area in his light plane to see if they can spot the horse. They eventually find the horse and Jeff is able to identify it as his show horse, Jubilee. Joan invites Jeff to stay at the ranch, and over dinner he tells Joan and her grandfather about Jubilee's life. He explains that he was present when Jubilee was born and that the horse was being shipped West when the railroad car in which he was traveling caught fire. When the train was halted and the door opened, Jubilee headed for the hills. Jeff went after him on another horse but couldn't find him. Meanwhile, Jubilee encountered a mountain lion cub and was chased off by its mother then two Indians found Jubilee and tried to brand him but lost him. After dinner, Joan introduces Jeff to Chick, who tells him about the incident with Lady and requests compensation from Jeff for his loss. Jeff refuses when he learns that Chick shot at Jubilee. However, he does offer Chick $2,500 if he can bring the horse in. As the ranch is still busy with the cattle roundup, Joan and Gramps show Jeff how to reach the meadow where they believe Jubilee might be, and he heads off alone on horseback. Jeff finds Jubilee quickly but the horse is seriously spooked and runs off. Using wood from a nearby beaver dam, Jeff repairs an abandoned corral and tethers the mare he has been riding inside it. At night Jubilee comes to visit and enters the corral, but attacks Jeff when he approaches and runs off with the mare. As soon as the cattle roundup finishes, Joan assigns some of the ranch hands to help Jeff. Later, Jeff, Chick and two of the hands spot the horses, catch the mare and use her again to try to trap Jubilee. Chick succeeds in roping the horse, which attacks him and runs off. When Chick tries to shoot Jubilee, Jeff deflects his aim. They fight and Jeff is knocked unconscious when he falls against a rock. The others then arrive and Chick tells them that Jeff fell from his horse but they don't believe him. Back at the ranch, Joan, who has fallen in love with Jeff, dismisses Chick, who then threatens to go after Jubilee again. Taking the threat seriously, Jeff and Joan ride off to find Jubilee. Meanwhile, Jubilee has a fight with a wild stallion and kills him. Jeff and Joan encounter an old prospector who claims he was bitten by Jubilee. That night Jubilee comes into Jeff and Joan's camp, approaches the sleeping Joan and is about to stomp her when Jeff chases him off. Jeff realizes that Jubilee has gone almost completely wild and that it may not be possible to rehabilitate him. When Joan and Jeff spot Chick stalking Jubilee with his rifle, Jeff disarms him but asks him to help catch Jubilee by roping him. Although they manage to rope Jubilee, Jeff is unable to settle him down. Fearing that if they turn him loose he may kill someone, Jeff very reluctantly decides to shoot Jubilee. However, at the very last moment, Jubilee allows Jeff to touch and ride him. Chick then decides to move on to Texas, while Jeff, Joan and Jubilee head back to the ranch together. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Animal


Subject

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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