The Outriders (1950)

93-94 mins | Western | 21 April 1950

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writer:

Irving Ravetch

Producer:

Richard Goldstone

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Editor:

Robert J. Kern

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a Jan 1949 HR news item, the film was originally to star Van Heflin and John Hodiak. A Jun 1949 HR news item announced that filming was "ready to begin" with actor Van Johnson in a starring role. The picture was filmed almost entirely on location in Kanab, ... More Less

According to a Jan 1949 HR news item, the film was originally to star Van Heflin and John Hodiak. A Jun 1949 HR news item announced that filming was "ready to begin" with actor Van Johnson in a starring role. The picture was filmed almost entirely on location in Kanab, Utah. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
6 Mar 50
p. 3, 10
Film Daily
8 Mar 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Mar 50
p. 221.
New York Times
9 Mar 50
p. 25.
Variety
8 Mar 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 April 1950
Production Date:
15 August--mid October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2923
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
93-94
Length(in feet):
8,400
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14226
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the last year of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers Jesse Wallace, Will Owen and Clint Priest escape from a stockade in Missouri, where they have been held prisoner by Union troops, only to be captured by a group of bloodthirsty bandits headed by a Southerner named Keeley. When Keeley learns that the three men are also Southerners, he compels them to join his outfit and sends them on a mission to Santa Fe, where they are to join a man named Don Antonio Chaves and his wagon train, which is traveling to Missouri with $1,000,000 in gold bullion. Keeley plans to steal the bullion in an ambush at Cow Creek, and sends one his henchmen, Bye, to accompany Will, Jesse and Clint. When the four men arrive in Santa Fe, they find Chaves and ask his permission to join the caravan as outriders. Chaves is suspicious of the strangers but allows them to follow him as long as they stay at least 200 yards from his wagons. Soon after leaving Santa Fe, the wagon train is attacked by Apache raiders, but Will, Jesse and Clint create a diversion to scare the Indians away. As a result, Will and his men win Chaves' trust and are placed in charge of protecting the train for the remainder of the journey. Among those traveling with Chaves is young widow Jen Gort, who is escorting her teenage brother-in-law Roy to his family in Ohio. Roy, who is eager to prove his bravery, volunteers to help Will and the others guard the train against another Indian attack. One night, while guarding the caravan, Roy becomes frightened by a shadow and ... +


In the last year of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers Jesse Wallace, Will Owen and Clint Priest escape from a stockade in Missouri, where they have been held prisoner by Union troops, only to be captured by a group of bloodthirsty bandits headed by a Southerner named Keeley. When Keeley learns that the three men are also Southerners, he compels them to join his outfit and sends them on a mission to Santa Fe, where they are to join a man named Don Antonio Chaves and his wagon train, which is traveling to Missouri with $1,000,000 in gold bullion. Keeley plans to steal the bullion in an ambush at Cow Creek, and sends one his henchmen, Bye, to accompany Will, Jesse and Clint. When the four men arrive in Santa Fe, they find Chaves and ask his permission to join the caravan as outriders. Chaves is suspicious of the strangers but allows them to follow him as long as they stay at least 200 yards from his wagons. Soon after leaving Santa Fe, the wagon train is attacked by Apache raiders, but Will, Jesse and Clint create a diversion to scare the Indians away. As a result, Will and his men win Chaves' trust and are placed in charge of protecting the train for the remainder of the journey. Among those traveling with Chaves is young widow Jen Gort, who is escorting her teenage brother-in-law Roy to his family in Ohio. Roy, who is eager to prove his bravery, volunteers to help Will and the others guard the train against another Indian attack. One night, while guarding the caravan, Roy becomes frightened by a shadow and fires his gun into the air. The sound of the shot causes many of the horses in the train to stampede and escape. Will, who has fallen in love with Jen, protects Roy from humiliation by taking the blame for the stampede. Conflict soon develops between Will and Jesse after Will warns Jesse to stop trying to intervene in his romantic pursuit of Jen. When the train reaches Pawnee Indian country, a Pawnee chief stops the caravan and demands, under threat of attack, that they give him all their ponies. Will, aware that he is outnumbered, gives up the ponies without a fight. Jesse, who has been brooding about resentment of Will, later accuses him of conceding to the Pawnees too easily. When Jesse then accuses Will of backsliding and secretly planning to protect Jen at Cow Creek, Will punches Jesse and demands that he ride ahead of him so that he can watch him. Later, at a dangerous river crossing, Roy foolishly attempts to ride into the river on his horse without assistance, and is swept to his death in the raging current. Will comforts Jen as she mourns Roy, and advises her to stay by his side as they approach Cow Creek. Just before the caravan reaches Cow Creek, a messenger delivers news that the war has ended. The news is greeted with joy by everyone except Jesse, who intends to go ahead with the ambush. Will, however, vows to prevent the robbery and, after placing Jesse in captivity, tells Chaves about the trap. Realizing that they are too close to Cow Creek to turn back, Will decides to forge ahead and prepare for a battle against Keeley. Will and the other men in the caravan engage Keeley in a bruising gunfight that ends soon after Keeley is killed. Jesse, who managed to escape and join Keeley's men, is among those killed by Will and his men. With the bandits defeated, Jen and Will celebrate their victory with a kiss. +

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