Bandit Queen (1950)

70 mins | Western | 22 December 1950

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HISTORY

Actor Angelo Rossitto was billed simply as "Angie" in the onscreen credits. According to a Jan 1950 DV news item, Lippert Productions purchased a story by Ken Bohn titled "The Bandit Queen." Victor West is credited onscreen as the film's story writer, however, and the extent of Bohn's contribution to the completed picture, if any, has not been determined. According to news items in HR , Martha Vickers was originally cast in the role of Lola, but she relinquished the role on her doctor's orders because she was ten pounds ... More Less

Actor Angelo Rossitto was billed simply as "Angie" in the onscreen credits. According to a Jan 1950 DV news item, Lippert Productions purchased a story by Ken Bohn titled "The Bandit Queen." Victor West is credited onscreen as the film's story writer, however, and the extent of Bohn's contribution to the completed picture, if any, has not been determined. According to news items in HR , Martha Vickers was originally cast in the role of Lola, but she relinquished the role on her doctor's orders because she was ten pounds underweight. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Dec 1950.
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Daily Variety
24 Jan 1950.
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Daily Variety
22 Nov 50
p. 4.
Film Daily
4 Dec 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 50
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Dec 50
p. 599.
Variety
29 Nov 50
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc exec
Exec prod
Prod, Prod
WRITERS
Story
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Set continuity
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 December 1950
Production Date:
mid September--late September 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1950
Copyright Number:
LP584
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,285
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14899
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

During the gold rush in California, young Lola Montalvo witnesses her parents, Jose and Zara, lynched by a gang when they try to oppose the state's inflated tax rates. Lola rushes to report the murders to her parents' friend, Father Antonio, at Mission San Sebastian. Later, she visits Sheriff Jim Harden in the nearby town of Madera, but she recognizes him as one of the murderers and decides not to make a complaint. When Lola meets attorney Dan Hinsdale, he explains that because the Montalvos owed taxes on their mine at the time of their death, the state took possession of it. The state, in turn, sold the mine for a fraction of its true value, and, Hinsdale says, he purchased it. Later, Harden and Hinsdale, who are planning to take over all of the gold mines in the area, plot to murder a miner named Dawson. At the mission, Carlos Murietta, also known as the bandit Joachim, introduces himself to Lola as Carlos Del Rio. With Carlos's encouragement, Lola begins her life of crime as a bandit called Zara. One day, Carlos, Lola and some townspeople, who are also angry about the high taxes, attack one of Harden's men who was assigned to guard the Montalvo mine. Later, Harden finds the corpse and a note from Zara nearby. At the mission, a cook named Maria tries to convince Lola to forsake her bandit ways, while a dwarf named Niño warns her that Harden's men are looking for her. Later, when another member of his gang, McWilliams, is found dead, Hinsdale realizes that those who lynched the Montalvos are ... +


During the gold rush in California, young Lola Montalvo witnesses her parents, Jose and Zara, lynched by a gang when they try to oppose the state's inflated tax rates. Lola rushes to report the murders to her parents' friend, Father Antonio, at Mission San Sebastian. Later, she visits Sheriff Jim Harden in the nearby town of Madera, but she recognizes him as one of the murderers and decides not to make a complaint. When Lola meets attorney Dan Hinsdale, he explains that because the Montalvos owed taxes on their mine at the time of their death, the state took possession of it. The state, in turn, sold the mine for a fraction of its true value, and, Hinsdale says, he purchased it. Later, Harden and Hinsdale, who are planning to take over all of the gold mines in the area, plot to murder a miner named Dawson. At the mission, Carlos Murietta, also known as the bandit Joachim, introduces himself to Lola as Carlos Del Rio. With Carlos's encouragement, Lola begins her life of crime as a bandit called Zara. One day, Carlos, Lola and some townspeople, who are also angry about the high taxes, attack one of Harden's men who was assigned to guard the Montalvo mine. Later, Harden finds the corpse and a note from Zara nearby. At the mission, a cook named Maria tries to convince Lola to forsake her bandit ways, while a dwarf named Niño warns her that Harden's men are looking for her. Later, when another member of his gang, McWilliams, is found dead, Hinsdale realizes that those who lynched the Montalvos are being targeted. That evening, unaware that Lola is Zara, Hinsdale tells her that he will try to trap the bandit by staging a fake gold shipment. After Hank, another of Harden's men, tries to double-cross the gang, Harden kills him. At a party at Hinsdale's house, Hinsdale proposes to Lola, but she asks for some time to consider her response. While dining, the guests are discussing the infamous Zara, when Hank's corpse is suddenly thrown through the window with a note attached threatening: "You're next." The next day, Father Antonio, who is aware of Lola's double life, warns her that the military has been called in to apprehend her. After Lola hijacks the real gold shipment, she escapes and visits the jail to see Carlos, who was captured by Harden's men. Once inside, Lola slips into the back room, quickly changes into her bandit clothes and forces Harden and his men into the cell at gunpoint. She allows Carlos to escape, changes back and then takes her time to release the men from the cell. At the mission, Carlos admits that he is Joachim, and Lola accepts his proposal of marriage. Harden and Hinsdale then ride to the mission and demand that Carlos return to jail, but Father Antonio explains that he has taken sanctuary at the mission. Later, Carlos and Lola are married, but must escape the festivities when Harden and Hinsdale arrive. When Hinsdale realizes that Zara is Lola, she shoots him. After Capt. Gray arrests Hinsdale and the gang, he promises to urge a pardon for Carlos and Lola, after which Maria presents them with their wedding cake. +

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