Fast on the Draw (1950)

55 mins | Western | 30 June 1950

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HISTORY

A working title for the film was West of Brazos ... More Less

A working title for the film was West of Brazos . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 49
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Oct 50
p. 519.
Variety
11 Oct 50
p. 20.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
West of Brazos
Release Date:
30 June 1950
Production Date:
early--mid December 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 June 1950
Copyright Number:
LP161
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
4,985
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14325
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1871, after the stagecoach from Mesa City, Arizona, is attacked by a gang of bandits, young Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison watches as his parents are brutally murdered. Although he develops a phobia of guns as a result of the killings, Shamrock vows to follow in his father's footsteps and become a marshal when he grows up. Sixteen years later, after Shamrock, a cowboy, sees another gang of bandits attacking a stage, he jumps aboard to stop the runaway coach, whose driver has been shot in the shoulder. He later returns to town where he reports the incident to his friend Russ "Lucky" Hayden. When the coach finally arrives in town, a young woman named Ann is greeted by her father, the Colonel, who is also a lawman. At the town hotel, Ann urges her father to give the marshal and deputy jobs to Shamrock and Lucky, respectively. When the Colonel arrives, he asks Shamrock to become the marshal of Lawless, Arizona, but Shamrock declines, saying that he is scheduled to leave for Utah the next day. A bit later, at the saloon, however, Shamrock asks for some time to consider the offer, and the Colonel's friend, the Deacon, gives him the marshal's badge to keep while he decides. Later, the Colonel tells Ann that Shamrock's father murdered his brother Bob. At the hotel, a rock with a note attached to it is tossed into Shamrock's room. The note, signed, "The Cat," demands that Shamrock leave Mesa City immediately. Later, Shamrock agrees to take the Lawless job on the condition that Lucky be given the deputy's job. Meanwhile, outlaw Tex, who is working ... +


In 1871, after the stagecoach from Mesa City, Arizona, is attacked by a gang of bandits, young Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison watches as his parents are brutally murdered. Although he develops a phobia of guns as a result of the killings, Shamrock vows to follow in his father's footsteps and become a marshal when he grows up. Sixteen years later, after Shamrock, a cowboy, sees another gang of bandits attacking a stage, he jumps aboard to stop the runaway coach, whose driver has been shot in the shoulder. He later returns to town where he reports the incident to his friend Russ "Lucky" Hayden. When the coach finally arrives in town, a young woman named Ann is greeted by her father, the Colonel, who is also a lawman. At the town hotel, Ann urges her father to give the marshal and deputy jobs to Shamrock and Lucky, respectively. When the Colonel arrives, he asks Shamrock to become the marshal of Lawless, Arizona, but Shamrock declines, saying that he is scheduled to leave for Utah the next day. A bit later, at the saloon, however, Shamrock asks for some time to consider the offer, and the Colonel's friend, the Deacon, gives him the marshal's badge to keep while he decides. Later, the Colonel tells Ann that Shamrock's father murdered his brother Bob. At the hotel, a rock with a note attached to it is tossed into Shamrock's room. The note, signed, "The Cat," demands that Shamrock leave Mesa City immediately. Later, Shamrock agrees to take the Lawless job on the condition that Lucky be given the deputy's job. Meanwhile, outlaw Tex, who is working for "The Cat," orders his men to kidnap Shamrock and Lucky. Ann and Shamrock, meanwhile, question the Colonel about a cattle shipment, and Ann tells Shamrock that the Colonel dislikes him now that he is the marshal. At the saloon, the Colonel brags about a shipment of gold due to arrive that evening, of which Shamrock is unaware. The gang gives the Colonel a gun, informing him that Shamrock has violated his order that he stay off his property. The Colonel rushes home, where Shamrock sees him and shoots the gun from his hand. Moments later, however, Shamrock is shot at by a third gunman outside. Just then, Lucky and Shamrock learn that the express office coach has been attacked and rush to catch the bandits. After the bandits escape, Lucky and Shamrock gather a posse together to chase after them. Later, Tex demands double his share from The Cat, who is actually the Deacon. When Shamrock suddenly bursts in, Tex pulls his gun. The posse then arrives, and Shamrock overcomes his fear of guns and arrests the Deacon, while one of the bandits confesses that Tex has taken the money he stole from the coach to the gang's hideout in a nearby canyon. After the gang is arrested and taken to jail, the Colonel apologizes for doubting Shamrock. +

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