The Cowboy and the Prizefighter (1949)

59-60 mins | Western | December 1949

Director:

Lewis D. Collins

Writer:

Jerry Thomas

Producer:

Jerry Thomas

Cinematographer:

Gilbert Warrenton

Editor:

Joseph Gluck

Production Company:

Equity Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Modern sources add Steve Clark and Ray Jones to the cast. The Cowboy and the Prizefighter was the fourth and final entry in the "Red Ryder" series, and was the last film produced by the Equity Pictures. For additional information on the "Red Ryder" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Tucson Raiders ... More Less

Modern sources add Steve Clark and Ray Jones to the cast. The Cowboy and the Prizefighter was the fourth and final entry in the "Red Ryder" series, and was the last film produced by the Equity Pictures. For additional information on the "Red Ryder" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Tucson Raiders . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Jan 1950.
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Daily Variety
9 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jan 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 50
p. 3, 6
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Jan 50
p. 154.
Variety
22 Feb 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Dir of ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and dir by
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd supv
MAKEUP
Dir of makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Red Ryder" created by Fred Harman (1938--1964), by special arrangement with Stephen Slesinger.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
December 1949
Production Date:
began mid August 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
5 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2710
Physical Properties:
Sound
Glen Glenn Sound System
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
59-60
Length(in feet):
5,338
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14147
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Outside a western town, newcomer Steve Stevenson shoots a ranch hand to prevent him from killing rancher Red Ryder, who had just fired the hand from his Painted Valley ranch. As thanks, Red offers Steve the dead man's job on the ranch, which Red owns with his aunt, Duchess. At the ranch house, Steve explains that he is from the town of Indian Gap, where his gambling father, Miles, was murdered a few months earlier. Official reports called the death a suicide prompted by Miles' financial trouble, but Steve believes that crooked prizefight promoter Mark Palmer had a hand in Miles' death. Earlier, Palmer set up a fixed fight between the Stevenson ranch foreman and his man, Bull. The bets were covered by Charlie, the local gambling house proprietor. When Miles' man lost the fight, the townspeople, who lost considerable money, turned against him, and he was given thirty days to get off his ranch. Now Steve rides out with Red, his friend Buckskin Blodgett, and Little Beaver, an Indian boy, and come upon a stagecoach being robbed by a group of bandits. Buckskin and Red fight off the thieves, and the $5,000 gold payroll is saved. In town, Steve discovers that Palmer was on the stagecoach, and confronts him. Also on board was Sue Evans, who, through Charlie, has come to work at the Silver Dollar Saloon for owner Bart Osborne. Osborne and Palmer plan to force Red to fight Bull, then discredit him after Bull wins and the townspeople lose their bets. Steve decides to fight in Red's place. Buckskin, meanwhile, has eavesdropped on Osborne ... +


Outside a western town, newcomer Steve Stevenson shoots a ranch hand to prevent him from killing rancher Red Ryder, who had just fired the hand from his Painted Valley ranch. As thanks, Red offers Steve the dead man's job on the ranch, which Red owns with his aunt, Duchess. At the ranch house, Steve explains that he is from the town of Indian Gap, where his gambling father, Miles, was murdered a few months earlier. Official reports called the death a suicide prompted by Miles' financial trouble, but Steve believes that crooked prizefight promoter Mark Palmer had a hand in Miles' death. Earlier, Palmer set up a fixed fight between the Stevenson ranch foreman and his man, Bull. The bets were covered by Charlie, the local gambling house proprietor. When Miles' man lost the fight, the townspeople, who lost considerable money, turned against him, and he was given thirty days to get off his ranch. Now Steve rides out with Red, his friend Buckskin Blodgett, and Little Beaver, an Indian boy, and come upon a stagecoach being robbed by a group of bandits. Buckskin and Red fight off the thieves, and the $5,000 gold payroll is saved. In town, Steve discovers that Palmer was on the stagecoach, and confronts him. Also on board was Sue Evans, who, through Charlie, has come to work at the Silver Dollar Saloon for owner Bart Osborne. Osborne and Palmer plan to force Red to fight Bull, then discredit him after Bull wins and the townspeople lose their bets. Steve decides to fight in Red's place. Buckskin, meanwhile, has eavesdropped on Osborne and Palmer plotting with Duke Samson, the leader of the bandits, to steal the payroll during the fight. Buckskin is caught and knocked out, however, and suffers a temporary case of amnesia. At the fight, Steve is knocked out after Bull punches him with a lead pipe in his hand. After the heist, a bank employee races to get the sheriff, and a posse brings in the bandits after a gunfight and chase in which Samson is killed. Later, in town, a man tells Red that Osborne has started a rumor that Red is a coward. In the saloon, after Palmer, Osborne and Bull split their profits, Red fights Bull and accuses him of being armed with a lead pipe when it flies out of Bull's hand and hits Buckskin in the head. With Buckskin, whose amnesia is cured by the blow, as a witness, Osborne and Palmer are arrested. Later, at Red's ranch house, Steve reports that Palmer admitted to killing Steve's father. It turns out that Sue was working for Osborne in order to repay a gambling debt owed by her brother, who is Charlie. Steve suggests that Sue quit her job and marry him, and Duchess threatens to hit Buckskin again so that he is not so ornery. +

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