Trail of Robin Hood (1950)

66-67 mins | Western | 15 December 1950

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Former Western star Tom Keene, who was one of the film's "guest stars," changed his name to Richard Powers in 1944. Trail of Robin Hood is the only film released after that date in which the actor used the name Tom ... More Less

Former Western star Tom Keene, who was one of the film's "guest stars," changed his name to Richard Powers in 1944. Trail of Robin Hood is the only film released after that date in which the actor used the name Tom Keene. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Dec 1950.
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Daily Variety
12 Dec 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Dec 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 50
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 50
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Dec 50
pp. 614-15.
Variety
20 Dec 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Get a Christmas Tree for Johnny" and "Ev'ry Day Is Christmas in the West," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
and "Home Town Jubilee," music and lyrics by Foy Willing.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 December 1950
Production Date:
mid June--mid July 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 November 1950
Copyright Number:
LP571
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Length(in feet):
5,994
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14740
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While patroling a remote section of forest, U.S. Conservation agent Roy Rogers notices two men stealing trees from a piece of land belonging to his friend, retired Western star Jack Holt. Roy follows the men to the camp of J. Corwin Aldridge, Jack's rival in the seasonal Christmas tree business. Roy accuses them of stealing, but they explain that they recently leased the property adjacent to Jack's and cannot be blamed for crossing an unmarked property line. At Jack's camp, Roy meets handyman Splinters McGonigle and his sister "Sis." Later, Sis enters the town turkey shoot and wins first prize: a turkey named Sir Gallahad. Aldridge then learns that Jack is planning to sell his trees wholesale and tells his daughter Toby that he may be forced out of business. Toby goes over to Jack's camp to discuss the matter, but is star-struck as soon as she recognizes him from his films. Later, Roy saves Splinters when Whitey Channing, an employee of Aldridge's camp, tries to run him over with a burning wagon. Later, Roy returns to Aldridge's camp with Channing in custody, but Mitch McCall, the scheming camp foreman, claims that Channing was asked to leave the camp several days earlier. After Roy leaves, Mitch instructs Channing to break into Roy's office. That night, Splinters notices the light on in Roy's office and enters just as Channing is stabbed to death by an unseen assailant. When Jack learns of the murder, he decides to apply for a job at Aldridge's camp using a phony name. After a short time, Mitch discovers Jack's true identity and takes him ... +


While patroling a remote section of forest, U.S. Conservation agent Roy Rogers notices two men stealing trees from a piece of land belonging to his friend, retired Western star Jack Holt. Roy follows the men to the camp of J. Corwin Aldridge, Jack's rival in the seasonal Christmas tree business. Roy accuses them of stealing, but they explain that they recently leased the property adjacent to Jack's and cannot be blamed for crossing an unmarked property line. At Jack's camp, Roy meets handyman Splinters McGonigle and his sister "Sis." Later, Sis enters the town turkey shoot and wins first prize: a turkey named Sir Gallahad. Aldridge then learns that Jack is planning to sell his trees wholesale and tells his daughter Toby that he may be forced out of business. Toby goes over to Jack's camp to discuss the matter, but is star-struck as soon as she recognizes him from his films. Later, Roy saves Splinters when Whitey Channing, an employee of Aldridge's camp, tries to run him over with a burning wagon. Later, Roy returns to Aldridge's camp with Channing in custody, but Mitch McCall, the scheming camp foreman, claims that Channing was asked to leave the camp several days earlier. After Roy leaves, Mitch instructs Channing to break into Roy's office. That night, Splinters notices the light on in Roy's office and enters just as Channing is stabbed to death by an unseen assailant. When Jack learns of the murder, he decides to apply for a job at Aldridge's camp using a phony name. After a short time, Mitch discovers Jack's true identity and takes him hostage. Meanwhile, at Jack's camp, Roy and the gang settle down to watch a silent film featuring Jack. Suddenly, the screening is interrupted when the camp somehow catches on fire. The men quickly move the wagons, while Sis rushes into the burning storehouse to rescue Gallahad. After Jack escapes from Mitch, he returns to his camp to try to rescue Sis from the storehouse, but ends up in a coma. When Jack revives shortly thereafter, Roy and the gang tell him that he has been comatose for months and that it is now Christmas. To complete the ruse, Sis prepares a Christmas dinner, but balks at slaughtering Gallahad. After Splinters volunteers to slaughter Gallahad, he returns with a dead turkey, which Toby sorrowfully dresses and cooks. When the turkey is served, Toby's long face spoils the guests' appetite. Just then, Toby glances out the window and notices Gallahad hopping around in the yard, and everyone happily digs in. Later, Toby is thrilled to meet Jack's friends, Western stars Rex Allen, Allan "Rocky" Lane, Monte Hale, William Farnum, Tom Tyler, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Kermit Maynard and Tom Keene, all of whom lend a hand in loading the wagons. Meanwhile, Aldridge learns of Mitch's plan to dynamite the Red River Bridge as Jack's wagons are crossing it to get to market and rushes to warn Jack. At the bridge, Roy and Mitch begin fighting inside a mill, and Mitch finally falls onto a thresher and is killed. After Roy saves the convoy, he returns to Jack's camp, where he is pleased to learn that Jack and Aldridge have decided to become partners. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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