Hostile Country (1950)

57 or 59-60 mins | Western | 24 March 1950

Director:

Thomas Carr

Producer:

Ron Ormond

Cinematographer:

Ernest Miller

Editor:

Hugh Winn

Production Designer:

Fred Preble

Production Company:

Lippert Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film was the first in a number of Lippert westerns starring Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison and Russ "Lucky" Hayden. Modern sources add Wally West, Carl Mathews and Ray Jones to the ... More Less

This film was the first in a number of Lippert westerns starring Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison and Russ "Lucky" Hayden. Modern sources add Wally West, Carl Mathews and Ray Jones to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 May 1950.
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Daily Variety
15 May 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 May 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
15 May 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 May 50
p. 303.
The Exhibitor
26 Apr 50
p. 2833.
Variety
17 May 50
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial [dir]
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc exec
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 March 1950
Production Date:
began mid November 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 May 1950
Copyright Number:
LP130
Duration(in mins):
57 or 59-60
Length(in feet):
5,393
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14323
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While riding through an isolated stretch of ranch country, foreman Deacon Hall and a ranch hand are surprised to discover that the pass through which they usually bring their stock has been boarded up by rancher Henry Oliver, who recently arrived in the area. While Deacon is reporting this news to his employer, rancher Ann Green, cowboys Shamrock Ellison and Lucky Hayden ride into the area. Shamrock has a letter from his stepfather, Oliver, whom he has never met, offering him his late mother's share in his ranch. They are stopped by Ann's men, and when Shamrock tells Ann that they are looking for work, Ann asks her friend, Colonel Pat Higgins, to give Shamrock and Lucky jobs on his ranch. Meanwhile, Oliver's men are visited by Tom and Ed Brady, who request additional gunslingers to help them guard the pass. Just then, Shamrock and Lucky arrive at Oliver's ranch and are ordered away at gunpoint. Shamrock and Lucky then ride into town and stop at the saloon, and when a man asks to join Shamrock's poker game, the bartender identifies him as Oliver. Oliver is caught cheating and pulls a gun on Shamrock, but Lucky shoots and kills him, and the two friends escape. Because Shamrock and Lucky are later seen riding in the company of the Brady boys, the sheriff and his posse search the Brady ranch for them but find nothing. As soon as the posse leaves, Tom brings Shamrock and Lucky up from the cellar and searches them, finding the letter from Oliver. Ed says a jury would never believe that Oliver's shooting was self-defense after seeing this letter, ... +


While riding through an isolated stretch of ranch country, foreman Deacon Hall and a ranch hand are surprised to discover that the pass through which they usually bring their stock has been boarded up by rancher Henry Oliver, who recently arrived in the area. While Deacon is reporting this news to his employer, rancher Ann Green, cowboys Shamrock Ellison and Lucky Hayden ride into the area. Shamrock has a letter from his stepfather, Oliver, whom he has never met, offering him his late mother's share in his ranch. They are stopped by Ann's men, and when Shamrock tells Ann that they are looking for work, Ann asks her friend, Colonel Pat Higgins, to give Shamrock and Lucky jobs on his ranch. Meanwhile, Oliver's men are visited by Tom and Ed Brady, who request additional gunslingers to help them guard the pass. Just then, Shamrock and Lucky arrive at Oliver's ranch and are ordered away at gunpoint. Shamrock and Lucky then ride into town and stop at the saloon, and when a man asks to join Shamrock's poker game, the bartender identifies him as Oliver. Oliver is caught cheating and pulls a gun on Shamrock, but Lucky shoots and kills him, and the two friends escape. Because Shamrock and Lucky are later seen riding in the company of the Brady boys, the sheriff and his posse search the Brady ranch for them but find nothing. As soon as the posse leaves, Tom brings Shamrock and Lucky up from the cellar and searches them, finding the letter from Oliver. Ed says a jury would never believe that Oliver's shooting was self-defense after seeing this letter, and Shamrock pretends to agree to join the Brady gang. The next day, at the sheriff's office, Lane, a government agent who is interested in buying Ann's horses, says immediately head back East with the horses. Ann, Deacon and the colonel try to tear down the barricade, but Brady's men stop them, and during the ensuing gunfight, Shamrock and Lucky ride up and order Brady's men to stop shooting. After Shamrock heads off to Oliver's land, Lucky tells Ann that Oliver was his friend's stepfather. Deacon knocks Lucky out and sends for the sheriff, but when they are back at Ann's ranch, she looks the other way as Lucky escapes. Meanwhile, Shamrock searches Oliver's ranch, and he is about to leave when a noise alerts him to a hidden passage to the cellar, where he finds an old man who claims to be Oliver. He says a man named Knowlton must have been using his name and explains that the Brady gang kidnapped him before he ever reached town, so none of the townspeople know what he looks like. The Brady boys are waiting for them when they emerge from the cellar, and Ed says he has forged a will from Oliver that leaves everything to him. Shamrock and Oliver are being forced to dig their own graves when Lucky shows up and rescues them. After dynamiting the barricade, Shamrock and Lucky keep the Brady gang at bay while Ann's herd is driven through, then help the sheriff and his posse capture the outlaws. In town, Shamrock hands Ann a check from Lane, and he and Lucky argue over which one of them should marry her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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