Storm Over Wyoming (1950)

60 mins | Western | 22 April 1950

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writer:

Ed Earl Repp

Producer:

Herman Schlom

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Robert Swink

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Feild Gray

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Range War . Actor Richard Kean's surname is misspelled "Keane" in the onscreen credits. HR production charts and news items add Glen McCarthy, Carl Andre, Art Felix, Herman Nowlin, Bob Burrows, Sun High Tower and Edward Cassidy to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, some scenes in the picture were shot in Bridgeport in central ... More Less

The working title of this film was Range War . Actor Richard Kean's surname is misspelled "Keane" in the onscreen credits. HR production charts and news items add Glen McCarthy, Carl Andre, Art Felix, Herman Nowlin, Bob Burrows, Sun High Tower and Edward Cassidy to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, some scenes in the picture were shot in Bridgeport in central California. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Feb 1950.
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Film Daily
6 Feb 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Feb 50
p. 186.
Variety
16 Aug 50
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"While Strolling Through the Park One Day," words and music by Ed Haley and Robert A. Keiser.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Range War
Release Date:
22 April 1950
Production Date:
20 July--early August 1949
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2814
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,436
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14034
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While riding across Wyoming sheep grazing land, out-of-work cowhands Dave Saunders and Chito Rafferty see a group of sheepherders on horseback chasing a cowboy. Investigating, Dave comes across the sheepherders, led by Jess Rawlins, the foreman of the Big M sheep ranch, as they are about to lynch the man, Tug Caldwell, for rustling. Taking the sheepherders by surprise, Dave prevents the lynching and flees with Tug and Chito to the nearest town. There, in a "cowboys only" saloon, a grateful Tug introduces Dave and Chito to his boss, Dawson, while Chito is reunited with saloon singer Ruby, one of his many sweethearts. With guns drawn, Rawlins and his men then burst into the saloon and disarm all of the cowboys. Accusing Dawson of theft and duplicity, Rawlins is about to fire on him when Ruby slips Dave a pistol and he shoots the gun out of Rawlins' hand. After the cowboys chase off the sheepmen, Dawson hires Dave and Chito as ranch hands. Later, in the town's telegraph office, Chito discovers that Rawlins has received a message from Chris Marvin, the absentee owner of the Big M, who is on her way to Wyoming. Confident that he can clear up matters with Chris, Dawson sends Chito and Dave to meet her stagecoach. On the way, however, the cowboys notice Scotty, one of Rawlins' men, driving sheep onto Dawson's land. Realizing that Scotty is trying to frame Dawson as a rustler, Dave and Chito tie him to a tree, then drive the sheep back toward the Big M. Rawlins, meanwhile, intercepts the stage outside of town and informs Chris of Dawson's "duplicity." As Chris and ... +


While riding across Wyoming sheep grazing land, out-of-work cowhands Dave Saunders and Chito Rafferty see a group of sheepherders on horseback chasing a cowboy. Investigating, Dave comes across the sheepherders, led by Jess Rawlins, the foreman of the Big M sheep ranch, as they are about to lynch the man, Tug Caldwell, for rustling. Taking the sheepherders by surprise, Dave prevents the lynching and flees with Tug and Chito to the nearest town. There, in a "cowboys only" saloon, a grateful Tug introduces Dave and Chito to his boss, Dawson, while Chito is reunited with saloon singer Ruby, one of his many sweethearts. With guns drawn, Rawlins and his men then burst into the saloon and disarm all of the cowboys. Accusing Dawson of theft and duplicity, Rawlins is about to fire on him when Ruby slips Dave a pistol and he shoots the gun out of Rawlins' hand. After the cowboys chase off the sheepmen, Dawson hires Dave and Chito as ranch hands. Later, in the town's telegraph office, Chito discovers that Rawlins has received a message from Chris Marvin, the absentee owner of the Big M, who is on her way to Wyoming. Confident that he can clear up matters with Chris, Dawson sends Chito and Dave to meet her stagecoach. On the way, however, the cowboys notice Scotty, one of Rawlins' men, driving sheep onto Dawson's land. Realizing that Scotty is trying to frame Dawson as a rustler, Dave and Chito tie him to a tree, then drive the sheep back toward the Big M. Rawlins, meanwhile, intercepts the stage outside of town and informs Chris of Dawson's "duplicity." As Chris and Rawlins ride to the Big M, they see Dave and Chito herding their sheep. Rawlins and his men pursue Dave and Chito, who ride to retrieve Scotty, whom they believe will prove their innocence to Chris. Rawlins stumbles upon Scotty before the cowboys do, however, and shoots him in cold blood, then claims that Dave and Chito did the deed. Although Rawlins tries to have the cowboys lynched, Chris insists that they receive a fair trial and sends for the marshal. After Chris imprisons Dave and Chito in her bunkhouse, Ruby hides a gun in Chito's guitar, then gives him the instrument with Chris's permission. Chito and Dave escape and, with Dawson, head for the local undertaker, where they hope to obtain proof that the bullet that killed Scotty did not come from their guns. The undertaker reveals that the fatal bullet came from a rifle, a type of gun that neither Dave nor Chito own, but as the undertaker is assuring the cowboys that he will testify on their behalf, Rawlins shoots him through an open window and flees. With no witnesses, Dave and Chito decide to confront Rawlins at the Big M. Before they reach the ranch, however, they meet up with Chris, who upon hearing about the undertaker, agrees to question her foreman herself. Chris, Dave and Chito surprise Rawlins as he is about to abscond with Chris's money, but while Chito is holding him prisoner, Rawlins manages to escape once again. Dave, meanwhile, demonstrates to Chris that Rawlins' rifle fired the bullet that killed Scotty. Finally convinced of the cowboy's innocence, Chris leads them to a place near the Colorado border where she had earlier discovered some mysterious sheep hoof marks. Chito then remembers that Rawlins had sent a telegram to a man in Colorado, and Chris deduces that her foreman has been herding her sheep across the Colorado border and selling them. At the border, Chito, Dave, Dawson and Chris engage in a gunfight with Rawlins and his men. After the sheepmen surrender, Dave knocks Rawlins unconscious with one punch. With peace restored, Ruby then proposes to Chito, who flees in a panic from his would-be bride. +

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