I Killed Geronimo (1950)

62 mins | Western | 8 August 1950

Director:

John Hoffman

Producer:

Jack Schwarz

Cinematographers:

Elmer Dyer, Clark Ramsey

Editor:

Norman Colbert

Production Designer:

Ernie Hixon

Production Company:

Jack Schwarz Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Some events in this film were taken from the life of the much-feared Chiricahua Apache war chief Geronimo, who lived from 1829 until 1909. In 1876, following raids on Mexican settlements perpetrated by the Chiricahua, the Americans decided to move the tribe from Apache Pass to San Carlos. Only about half of the tribe made the move, however, while the rest, led by Geronimo, fled to Mexico. From there, they continued the raids, and in 1887, after a campaign against Geronimo's warriors led by Gen. George Crook, Geronimo was induced to surrender. He later embraced Christianity, joining the Dutch Reformed Church. Modern sources include Dennis Moore and Forrest Taylor in the cast. Before appearing in this picture, Chief Thunder Cloud played the title role in the 1939 Paramount film Geronimo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

Some events in this film were taken from the life of the much-feared Chiricahua Apache war chief Geronimo, who lived from 1829 until 1909. In 1876, following raids on Mexican settlements perpetrated by the Chiricahua, the Americans decided to move the tribe from Apache Pass to San Carlos. Only about half of the tribe made the move, however, while the rest, led by Geronimo, fled to Mexico. From there, they continued the raids, and in 1887, after a campaign against Geronimo's warriors led by Gen. George Crook, Geronimo was induced to surrender. He later embraced Christianity, joining the Dutch Reformed Church. Modern sources include Dennis Moore and Forrest Taylor in the cast. Before appearing in this picture, Chief Thunder Cloud played the title role in the 1939 Paramount film Geronimo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1567). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
19 Aug 1950.
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Daily Variety
10 Aug 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 50
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Dec 50
p. 606.
Variety
29 Nov 50
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 August 1950
Production Date:
early--mid June 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Jack Schwarz Productions
Copyright Date:
29 July 1950
Copyright Number:
LP352
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,611
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14647
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1882, after Apache Indians terrorize innocent townspeople, Captain Jeff Packard of the U.S. Army, whose mother and father were killed by Apaches, is assigned to kill Apache warrior Geronimo. Packard takes the name "Jeff Smith," and travels to the town of Larksberg to meet his contacts, Frank Cochran and Fletcher. At the local gunsmith's shop, Packard poses as The Waco Kid, fooling outlaw Walt Anderson and his henchman, Jennings. Later, when he sees Luke, another Anderson henchman, attack a young woman named Julie Scott, Packard shoots him in the hand. Meanwhile, Major Clem French, concerned about Indian attacks, orders a military escort for a stagecoach carrying payroll funds. When Red, one of Anderson's gang, learns that The Waco Kid is actually in the penitentiary, he and Frank, who is also working secretly for Anderson, become suspicious of Packard. At the saloon, meanwhile, Packard asks Frank and Fletcher to intercept a shipment of guns at Fort Broken Bow so they will not fall into Geronimo's hands. Later, Fletcher takes Packard to a shack outside of town, and there they discover Frank's slain corpse. Red then kills Fletcher and escapes. The cavalry chases Anderson's men to the ranch owned by Julie's father Jason, and the outlaws take Jason hostage, placing him inside one of the wagons containing the guns. The cavalry stops to check the wagons for the guns, but are called away by Apache smoke signals before Jason or the guns are discovered. After Packard writes his name on a grave marker, the gang suspects that he is working for Army intelligence. Later, Packard creates a diversion ... +


In 1882, after Apache Indians terrorize innocent townspeople, Captain Jeff Packard of the U.S. Army, whose mother and father were killed by Apaches, is assigned to kill Apache warrior Geronimo. Packard takes the name "Jeff Smith," and travels to the town of Larksberg to meet his contacts, Frank Cochran and Fletcher. At the local gunsmith's shop, Packard poses as The Waco Kid, fooling outlaw Walt Anderson and his henchman, Jennings. Later, when he sees Luke, another Anderson henchman, attack a young woman named Julie Scott, Packard shoots him in the hand. Meanwhile, Major Clem French, concerned about Indian attacks, orders a military escort for a stagecoach carrying payroll funds. When Red, one of Anderson's gang, learns that The Waco Kid is actually in the penitentiary, he and Frank, who is also working secretly for Anderson, become suspicious of Packard. At the saloon, meanwhile, Packard asks Frank and Fletcher to intercept a shipment of guns at Fort Broken Bow so they will not fall into Geronimo's hands. Later, Fletcher takes Packard to a shack outside of town, and there they discover Frank's slain corpse. Red then kills Fletcher and escapes. The cavalry chases Anderson's men to the ranch owned by Julie's father Jason, and the outlaws take Jason hostage, placing him inside one of the wagons containing the guns. The cavalry stops to check the wagons for the guns, but are called away by Apache smoke signals before Jason or the guns are discovered. After Packard writes his name on a grave marker, the gang suspects that he is working for Army intelligence. Later, Packard creates a diversion to give Julie a chance to escape, but she is apprehended by Luke. The cavalry catches up to Packard and the gang, confiscates the guns and arrests them. Inside the jail at cavalry headquarters, Packard maintains his cover. To confuse Geronimo and his men, the cavalry moves the guns to another wagon, which is to be sent from Fort Broken Bow to Fort Apache. Later, Packard recommends that the cavalry arrange for Anderson to escape so they can follow him to Geronimo. Once free, Anderson tells Geronimo what has happened, while Packard warns the major that the fort will be attacked unless they surrender the guns to Geronimo. While Anderson learns Packard's true identity, the major helps Julie and the major's wife Martha to board a stagecoach leaving the fort. After Packard tells him that the major wishes to negotiate at the fort, Geronimo demands three wagons full of guns in exchange for peace. When the major refuses, the Apaches attack. Later, Packard leaves the fort to warn the stagecoach not to continue. After Geronimo learns that the guns have been removed, he and his men kill the major. Geronimo then goes to Fort Apache to locate the guns, but when he realizes that they lack firing pins and are therefore useless, he kills Anderson. Packard reaches the stagecoach, but the Indians attack, and Martha is killed. After Packard grabs Geronimo's knife and stabs him in the back, he and Julie embrace. +

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