Covered Wagon Raid (1950)

59-60 mins | Western | 30 June 1950

Director:

R. G. Springsteen

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Harry Keller

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

This film was also reviewed under the title Covered Wagon Raiders . Modern sources add Wee Willie Keeler to the ... More Less

This film was also reviewed under the title Covered Wagon Raiders . Modern sources add Wee Willie Keeler to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Jul 1950.
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Daily Variety
10-Jul-50
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Film Daily
14 Jul 50
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 50
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Jul 50
p. 389.
Variety
12 Jul 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Covered Wagon Raiders
Release Date:
30 June 1950
Production Date:
early March--mid March 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1950
Copyright Number:
LP249
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59-60
Length(in feet):
5,401
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14484
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Insurance investigator Allan "Rocky" Lane is riding outside of West Bend, Colorado, when he witnesses two masked gunmen, Grif and Brag, rob and shoot a pioneer, Bob Davis, who is driving a wagon. When Rocky catches up with the runaway wagon, Davis asks him to take his young daughter Susie to Nugget Clark in West Bend, then dies, holding part of a watch band. Meanwhile, Grif and Brag ride into town and go to the Three Monkeys Saloon, where they hand over the jewelry they have stolen to proprietor Harvey Grimes, who is known as The Deacon. After paying the men, Grimes, who is also the town's postmaster, enters his office and opens a letter addressed to Nugget, foreman of the Chandler Ranch. Rocky comes into the saloon and gets directions from the bartender, then rides out to the Chandler Ranch, followed by the robbers and two of Grimes's henchmen. At the ranch, Nugget tells Rocky that the property is for sale, and that Davis had planned to buy a parcel of the land before meeting the same fate that the others who have attempted to settle on the land have met. He introduces Rocky to Gail Warren, whose family was killed while trying to reach the ranch. Rocky returns to the saloon, where he meets Roy Chandler, son of the late land owner, and notices that Brag is wearing the rest of Davis' torn watch band pinned to his lapel. When Brag tries to follow Rocky after he leaves the saloon, Grif shoots him, making it appear that Rocky is responsible. Rocky and Roy return to the ranch, and Rocky identifies himself ... +


Insurance investigator Allan "Rocky" Lane is riding outside of West Bend, Colorado, when he witnesses two masked gunmen, Grif and Brag, rob and shoot a pioneer, Bob Davis, who is driving a wagon. When Rocky catches up with the runaway wagon, Davis asks him to take his young daughter Susie to Nugget Clark in West Bend, then dies, holding part of a watch band. Meanwhile, Grif and Brag ride into town and go to the Three Monkeys Saloon, where they hand over the jewelry they have stolen to proprietor Harvey Grimes, who is known as The Deacon. After paying the men, Grimes, who is also the town's postmaster, enters his office and opens a letter addressed to Nugget, foreman of the Chandler Ranch. Rocky comes into the saloon and gets directions from the bartender, then rides out to the Chandler Ranch, followed by the robbers and two of Grimes's henchmen. At the ranch, Nugget tells Rocky that the property is for sale, and that Davis had planned to buy a parcel of the land before meeting the same fate that the others who have attempted to settle on the land have met. He introduces Rocky to Gail Warren, whose family was killed while trying to reach the ranch. Rocky returns to the saloon, where he meets Roy Chandler, son of the late land owner, and notices that Brag is wearing the rest of Davis' torn watch band pinned to his lapel. When Brag tries to follow Rocky after he leaves the saloon, Grif shoots him, making it appear that Rocky is responsible. Rocky and Roy return to the ranch, and Rocky identifies himself and explains that most of the murdered settlers were insured by his company. Later, Gail tells Rocky that she saw Roy go into the saloon with a pistol, but before Rocky and Nugget can rescue him, Grif and his henchmen beat Roy up and take him to their hideout in the hills. Back at the ranch, Nugget tells Rocky that a man named Evans is planning to buy some of the Chandler land, and when he mentions that he gets the mail from Grimes, Rocky decides to investigate. The two men ride into West Bend, and while Nugget distracts Grimes in the saloon, Rocky searches his office and finds the seal that Grimes has been using to reclose the letters from the settlers after he has read them. Assuming that Evans is the robbers' next target, Rocky intercepts his wagon, and when Grif and his men show up, Rocky says he wants in on their scheme and tells Grif to bring his boss to a deserted relay station that night. Before the meeting can take place, however, Gail innocently tells Grimes that Rocky is an insurance investigator, and when Rocky shows up that night, Grif's henchman Hank hits him on the head. Rocky pretends to be knocked out, then when Grimes and Grif leave, he shoots Hank and rescues Roy from the gang's hideout. The next morning, Rocky thwarts another attempted robbery, then pursues Grif back to the saloon. While he and Grif are fighting, Grimes goes for his gun, but Rocky shoots him first. With the gang defeated, Rocky says goodbye to his friends at Chandler Ranch and moves on. +

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