Under Mexicali Stars (1950)

67 mins | Western | 4 December 1950

Director:

George Blair

Writer:

Bob Williams

Editor:

Harold Minter

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Under Mexicali Skies . According to a Mar 1950 HR news item, Sloan Nibley wrote an original screenplay for the film, but his contribution to the released film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were filmed on location in Lone Pines, ... More Less

The working title for this film was Under Mexicali Skies . According to a Mar 1950 HR news item, Sloan Nibley wrote an original screenplay for the film, but his contribution to the released film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were filmed on location in Lone Pines, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Dec 1950.
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Daily Variety
28 Nov 50
p. 4.
Film Daily
4 Dec 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 1950.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Dec 50
p. 606.
Variety
29 Nov 50
p. 14.
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 Photog
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Old Black Mountain Trail," music and lyrics by Fred Howard and Nat Vincent
"Born to the Saddle," music and lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
"The Railroad Corral," traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 December 1950
Production Date:
late July--early August 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 December 1950
Copyright Number:
LP570
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,986
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14777
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When U.S. Treasury Department officials learn about the theft of several loads of newly refined gold from a mine near the Mexican border and the appearance of counterfeit gold coins from Mexico, they assign agent Rex Allen and his partner, Homer Oglethorpe, to the case. Rex and Homer travel to El Norte, a small town situated next to the mine, to begin their investigation. Meanwhile, in town, phrenologist Madeline "Mad" Wellington tells her father Nap that the bank has called and will be asking for repayment of their loan the next day. When Rex sees the town gathered for a chuck wagon race later, he decides to enter. Despite Hays Lawson's attempt to drive him off the road, Rex wins the race, after which Mad asks for permission to examine his head. When Mad explains her father's predicament, Rex agrees to help them. Later, Rex and Homer leave to meet Mexican secret service Capt. Arturo Gomez, who is to assist them in capturing the gang. Gomez gives Rex some pieces of identification with which to establish his new identity, that of counterfeiter Mike Jordan. The next day, Rex goes to Box Canyon, where a group of smugglers were recently spotted, but finds no clues. Later, Nap and Rex leave to check on a shipment of gold from the El Norte Gold Refinery, when they meet the sheriff and a man named Giles Starkey, who are leaving with the shipment. Suddenly, the gang attacks, stealing the gold and disappearing into Box Canyon. After being shot by one of the bandits, the sheriff guesses that the gang escaped through a cave ... +


When U.S. Treasury Department officials learn about the theft of several loads of newly refined gold from a mine near the Mexican border and the appearance of counterfeit gold coins from Mexico, they assign agent Rex Allen and his partner, Homer Oglethorpe, to the case. Rex and Homer travel to El Norte, a small town situated next to the mine, to begin their investigation. Meanwhile, in town, phrenologist Madeline "Mad" Wellington tells her father Nap that the bank has called and will be asking for repayment of their loan the next day. When Rex sees the town gathered for a chuck wagon race later, he decides to enter. Despite Hays Lawson's attempt to drive him off the road, Rex wins the race, after which Mad asks for permission to examine his head. When Mad explains her father's predicament, Rex agrees to help them. Later, Rex and Homer leave to meet Mexican secret service Capt. Arturo Gomez, who is to assist them in capturing the gang. Gomez gives Rex some pieces of identification with which to establish his new identity, that of counterfeiter Mike Jordan. The next day, Rex goes to Box Canyon, where a group of smugglers were recently spotted, but finds no clues. Later, Nap and Rex leave to check on a shipment of gold from the El Norte Gold Refinery, when they meet the sheriff and a man named Giles Starkey, who are leaving with the shipment. Suddenly, the gang attacks, stealing the gold and disappearing into Box Canyon. After being shot by one of the bandits, the sheriff guesses that the gang escaped through a cave or shaft set into the canyon wall. Later, Rex returns to Box Canyon and discovers a hidden mine shaft. Suddenly, Lawson appears and grabs Rex, forcing him to return to town. There, Homer hears Lawson's charge of trespassing and insists that the sheriff arrest "Mike Jordan." Just to be certain that the sheriff will lock him up, Rex pretends to be boisterously drunk. When the sheriff decides later to leave the jail for a few minutes, Homer slips Rex the key so he can unlock his cell. When Bob Handley, the sheriff's deputy, then tries to enter the jail, Homer forestalls him to ensure Rex time to escape. Later, as Giles tells Mad about Rex's capture, a helicopter lands nearby, and he forces her to get inside. Seeing the helicopter take off with Mad, Rex grasps onto its landing gear, hanging on until he can jump off safely just prior to landing. Giles then takes Mad into a building where Lawson waits. Rex approaches and knocks on the door, and when he identifies himself as Jordan, Giles and Lawson let him in. When Rex then tells them that Gomez's men have surrounded the building, Giles and Lawson rush for the helicopter. Mad and Rex escape, but are pursued by Giles and Lawson. After the helicopter lands, Giles and Lawson are arrested by the sheriff. The next morning, Nap wishes Rex good luck as he leaves for his next assignment. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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