Quick on the Trigger (1949)

54-55 mins | Western | 2 December 1949

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Elmer Clifton

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Rex Wimpy

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Gun Brand . The above credits were taken from a cutting continuity filed with the copyright records and from contemporary sources. For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

The film's working title was Gun Brand . The above credits were taken from a cutting continuity filed with the copyright records and from contemporary sources. For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Apr 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 49
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Apr 49
p. 4575.
Variety
25 May 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set des
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ring Eye Rhythm" and "Bugle Boy," words and music by Smiley Burnette
"Better Get Down and Pray," words and music by The Sunshine Boys
and "Midnight Flyer," words and music by Fred Rose and Hy Heath.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Gun Brand
Release Date:
2 December 1949
Production Date:
9 June--16 June 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 November 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1935
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54-55
Length(in feet):
4,908
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13246
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1873, sheriff Steve Warren, who has been falsely accused of the murder of Fred Reed, is on trial for his life. In court, Steve relates the events leading up to the murder: When Steve sets out to capture a band of outlaws, which is holding up stagecoaches owned by Nora Reed, he captures one of the gang, Nora's brother Fred. Before Fred can reveal the name of the gang's leader, however, he is killed by a bullet shot from outside the jail window. Steve shoots at the assailant but misses. Nora finds him holding a recently fired gun over Fred's body and accuses him of murder. Unknown to Steve, prosecuting attorney Garvey Yager is the real killer and wants revenge on Steve because his father, a judge, once sent Yager to prison. Using rigged evidence, Yager obtains Steve's conviction. Later, with Smiley Burnette's help, Steve breaks out of jail. Disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve returns to town and learns that Yager, an ex-convict, has forged his diploma. Later, Steve forces Yager and his accomplice, surveyor Alfred Murdock, to confess to Fred's murder. Afterward, Steve returns to town and is reinstated as ... +


In 1873, sheriff Steve Warren, who has been falsely accused of the murder of Fred Reed, is on trial for his life. In court, Steve relates the events leading up to the murder: When Steve sets out to capture a band of outlaws, which is holding up stagecoaches owned by Nora Reed, he captures one of the gang, Nora's brother Fred. Before Fred can reveal the name of the gang's leader, however, he is killed by a bullet shot from outside the jail window. Steve shoots at the assailant but misses. Nora finds him holding a recently fired gun over Fred's body and accuses him of murder. Unknown to Steve, prosecuting attorney Garvey Yager is the real killer and wants revenge on Steve because his father, a judge, once sent Yager to prison. Using rigged evidence, Yager obtains Steve's conviction. Later, with Smiley Burnette's help, Steve breaks out of jail. Disguised as masked crime fighter The Durango Kid, Steve returns to town and learns that Yager, an ex-convict, has forged his diploma. Later, Steve forces Yager and his accomplice, surveyor Alfred Murdock, to confess to Fred's murder. Afterward, Steve returns to town and is reinstated as sheriff. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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