California Passage (1950)

90 mins | Western | 15 December 1950

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was The Golden Tide . HR production charts add Barbra Fuller to the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Mar 1950 HR news item, portions of the film were shot in Kernville, ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Golden Tide . HR production charts add Barbra Fuller to the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Mar 1950 HR news item, portions of the film were shot in Kernville, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Dec 1950.
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Daily Variety
15 Dec 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Dec 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 50
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 1950
p. 1, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 50
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Dec 50
p. 633-4.
New York Times
16 Dec 50
p. 10.
Variety
27 Dec 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Second-Hand Romance" and "I'm Goin' Round in Circles," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott and Harold Spina.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Golden Tide
Release Date:
15 December 1950
Production Date:
20 March--mid April 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 November 1950
Copyright Number:
LP563
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,098
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14567
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1850, while traveling to Mariposa, California, to visit her brother Bob, Beth Martin and their young brother Tommy become separated from the rest of their wagon train. Along the way, they meet a traveler named Mike Prescott, who is returning to his home in Mariposa, where he owns a hotel and saloon with his partner. After they mention to Mike that their brother owns a gold mine in Mariposa, Beth and Tommy are discovered by one of the homesteaders, who has backtracked to look for them. While they rejoin the wagon train, Mike continues his journey alone. Meanwhile, at the hotel in Mariposa, Mike's partner, Linc Corey, is plotting with Bob to take over the hotel and saloon. After Mike arrives, he and Linc attend to their weekly ritual: drawing cards to determine who will take the saloon's profits for the week. This time, however, the pot is exceptionally large, consisting of profits for the entire seventeen weeks that Mike has been away. After Mike wins the draw, an angry Bob grabs a rifle from the door guard and aims it at Mike. Mike responds quickly, grabbing his own gun and killing Bob. Beth and Tommy then arrive in town, and after they learn of Bob's death, attorney Warren Lynch informs them that Bob left his gold mine to them in his will. That evening, Linc steals Mike's horse and uses it to hold up the Mariposa stagecoach, on which Beth is riding. After Linc kills Beth's wealthy traveling companion, he steals the man's jewel-encrusted tie pin and returns to town. Linc puts Mike's horse into the yard, ... +


In 1850, while traveling to Mariposa, California, to visit her brother Bob, Beth Martin and their young brother Tommy become separated from the rest of their wagon train. Along the way, they meet a traveler named Mike Prescott, who is returning to his home in Mariposa, where he owns a hotel and saloon with his partner. After they mention to Mike that their brother owns a gold mine in Mariposa, Beth and Tommy are discovered by one of the homesteaders, who has backtracked to look for them. While they rejoin the wagon train, Mike continues his journey alone. Meanwhile, at the hotel in Mariposa, Mike's partner, Linc Corey, is plotting with Bob to take over the hotel and saloon. After Mike arrives, he and Linc attend to their weekly ritual: drawing cards to determine who will take the saloon's profits for the week. This time, however, the pot is exceptionally large, consisting of profits for the entire seventeen weeks that Mike has been away. After Mike wins the draw, an angry Bob grabs a rifle from the door guard and aims it at Mike. Mike responds quickly, grabbing his own gun and killing Bob. Beth and Tommy then arrive in town, and after they learn of Bob's death, attorney Warren Lynch informs them that Bob left his gold mine to them in his will. That evening, Linc steals Mike's horse and uses it to hold up the Mariposa stagecoach, on which Beth is riding. After Linc kills Beth's wealthy traveling companion, he steals the man's jewel-encrusted tie pin and returns to town. Linc puts Mike's horse into the yard, goes up to his room and begins tossing pebbles from his window, hoping to attract the attention of Willy Clair, the sheriff. No sooner has Willy noticed Mike's horse, still sweaty and tired from galloping, than he learns of the holdup. Later, Beth learns that Mike shot Bob and angrily rebukes him, but later apologizes after learning that Bob was himself a ruthless murderer. Mike then asks Beth and Tommy to have dinner with him, and she agrees. Later, Mike unwittingly accepts Linc's offer to wear the stolen pin, and when Beth notices it at dinner, she sends Tommy to fetch Willy and his deputies. When Beth accuses Mike of being the stagecoach bandit, he guesses that she has sent Tommy for the lawmen and quickly escapes. Some time later, desperate to provide Tommy with a father figure, Beth marries Linc. One day, after returning to his cabin with a bag of gold nuggets, Linc frightens Tommy so much that he runs away. Linc follows him, firing his gun into the air, while Beth, who knows that Linc will return for the gold, lights the cabin on fire. Mike, who happens to be nearby, hears Linc's gunshots and goes to the cabin. When Linc returns, he sees Mike and tries to escape by climbing down the face of a steep mountain. Despite Mike's attempt to rescue him, Linc slips, falling to his death below. Later, Beth and Tommy are reunited. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
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