Train to Tombstone (1950)

56 or 58 mins | Western | August 1950

Director:

William Berke

Producer:

William Berke

Cinematographer:

Ernest Miller

Editor:

Carl Pierson

Production Designer:

Fred Preble

Production Company:

Lippert Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to news items, the picture was shot on location in Carson City, NV. Modern sources include Bill Kennedy and Jack Perrin in the ... More Less

According to news items, the picture was shot on location in Carson City, NV. Modern sources include Bill Kennedy and Jack Perrin in the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Sep 1950.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 50
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 50
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 50
p. 477-8.
Variety
6 Sep 50
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Donald Barry Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc exec
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Dial coach
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1950
Production Date:
late April--early May 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 September 1950
Copyright Number:
LP357
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56 or 58
Length(in feet):
5,113
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14642
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1880s, at a train station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, passengers wait for the train to Tombstone, Arizona, which has been delayed due to the threat of an Indian ambush. Sitting on the platform waiting to board is a lovely paraplegic, Doris Clayton, who sits in a wheelchair next to her aunt Abbie. When they meet a reverend also waiting to board, Doris reveals that she is on her way to marry her fiancé, Lt. Gary Landell of the U. S. Cavalry. Later, Abbie tells another passenger, Dr. Willoughby, that Doris' doctor believes that her paralysis is psychological in nature. Farther down the platform is a young gambling hall owner named Marie, who is accompanying her friend Belle to Tombstone, having hired her to work in her establishment. After Willoughby carries Doris onto the train, the nervous train conductor, George, receives his orders to begin their journey. As the train is pulling away from the station, traveling salesman Clifton Gulliver jumps onboard, spilling his suitcase of corsets all over the aisle. Suddenly, two cowboys, who are shooting at each other, begin chasing the train. One of them, Len Howard, jumps onto the back of the train, evading his pursuer, then tells George that he wants to buy a ticket. When Abbie goes to the back of the train, Len takes her seat and begins talking with Doris. Doris reveals that she is paralyzed and that her upcoming marriage to Gary was arranged when she was a little girl. In the baggage compartment, a marshal, who has been placed aboard the train to guard a shipment of gold worth $250,000, tells George that ... +


In the 1880s, at a train station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, passengers wait for the train to Tombstone, Arizona, which has been delayed due to the threat of an Indian ambush. Sitting on the platform waiting to board is a lovely paraplegic, Doris Clayton, who sits in a wheelchair next to her aunt Abbie. When they meet a reverend also waiting to board, Doris reveals that she is on her way to marry her fiancé, Lt. Gary Landell of the U. S. Cavalry. Later, Abbie tells another passenger, Dr. Willoughby, that Doris' doctor believes that her paralysis is psychological in nature. Farther down the platform is a young gambling hall owner named Marie, who is accompanying her friend Belle to Tombstone, having hired her to work in her establishment. After Willoughby carries Doris onto the train, the nervous train conductor, George, receives his orders to begin their journey. As the train is pulling away from the station, traveling salesman Clifton Gulliver jumps onboard, spilling his suitcase of corsets all over the aisle. Suddenly, two cowboys, who are shooting at each other, begin chasing the train. One of them, Len Howard, jumps onto the back of the train, evading his pursuer, then tells George that he wants to buy a ticket. When Abbie goes to the back of the train, Len takes her seat and begins talking with Doris. Doris reveals that she is paralyzed and that her upcoming marriage to Gary was arranged when she was a little girl. In the baggage compartment, a marshal, who has been placed aboard the train to guard a shipment of gold worth $250,000, tells George that they suspect one of the passengers of being a lookout for a gang of robbers, who use local Indian braves to help them ambush trains. George says that he checked out all the passengers except Len, after which the train's engineer, Tim, finds a "Wanted" circular offering $5,000 for Len's capture. After the marshal accuses Len of being the lookout and handcuffs him to his seat, a herd of sheep rush onto the tracks ahead. Len announces that they are about to become the victims of an Indian trick and orders George to remove his handcuffs, which he does. Len and George then quickly pass out rifles to all of the male passengers, who begin firing when the Indians attack. Tim manages to get the train through the sheep, but not before he, George, and the reverend are shot. When the marshal tries to place the handcuffs back onto his wrists, Len pulls his gun, so George intervenes, ordering that Len remain unshackled in the event of another attack. A short time later, the train comes to an incline, and Doris sees the marshal, who is really the lookout, trying to signal to the gang. After another shootout with the braves, Gary, who is secretly working with the gang, jumps aboard, where he is shot and killed. Doris is so surprised to see Gary that she jumps out of her seat, finding herself cured of her paralysis. Later, Len, who reveals that he is actually an undercover agent, announces his engagement to Doris, and the reverend agrees to perform their wedding ceremony in Tombstone. +

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