Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941)

59 mins | Western | 14 January 1941

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Olive Cooper

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Charles Craft

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

All of the songs were cut out of the print viewed. For more information about legendary outlaw Belle Starr, who lived at the time of this film's setting, see the entry above for Belle Starr . Modern sources include the following players in the cast: Chick Hannon, Ted Mapes, Al Taylor, George Kesterson , Frank McCarroll, Bob Burns and Chuck ... More Less

All of the songs were cut out of the print viewed. For more information about legendary outlaw Belle Starr, who lived at the time of this film's setting, see the entry above for Belle Starr . Modern sources include the following players in the cast: Chick Hannon, Ted Mapes, Al Taylor, George Kesterson , Frank McCarroll, Bob Burns and Chuck Baldra . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Jan 1941.
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Daily Variety
27 Jan 1941.
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Film Daily
10 Jan 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 40
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Jan 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald
18 Jan 41
p. 37.
Variety
15 Jan 41
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," words and music by Stephen C. Foster
"It's a Sad, Sad Story," words and music by Peter Tinturin
"A Certain Place I Know," words and music by Eddie Cherkose.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 January 1941
Production Date:
began 12 November 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 January 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10223
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in feet):
5,262
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6892
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Just after the Civil War, Vance Corgin returns home to Purvis County, Texas, after spending a year in the North as a Confederate prisoner of war. His friends are up in arms against Ambrose Ballard, the county adjutant who, aided by lawyer Wilbur Cravens, has raised the taxes for his own profit. Their resistance is led by Vance's old pal, innkeeper Gabriel "Gabby" Hornaday. On the night he returns, Vance attends a meeting at which Gabby speaks. The meeting is also attended by the extremely nearsighted Cravens, who does not recognize Gabby. He does recognize Vance's singing voice, however, and so Ballard arrests Vance for sedition. Soon after, Colonel Davis, the county's military commander, arrives and asks Vance to take an amnesty oath pledging allegiance to the U.S. constitution, in exchange for which he will be freed. Davis explains that if all the residents take the oath, martial law will be suspended, they will be able to elect their own officials and Ballard will be removed from power. Vance takes the oath and convinces his friends to do likewise, despite the protests of Gabby's niece, Jeanie Grayson, who believes that Vance is giving in to the Northerners. Soon after, the residents hold their first election, at which Vance is elected sheriff, and Davis appoints Cravens the judge, as he is the only lawyer in town. Davis then goes to Ballard's office, where he is on the verge of discovering Ballard's records detailing his graft. Ballard's secretary, Stacy, shoots Davis, for which Ballard falsely accuses Gabby and his friends, Sam and Belle Starr. Ballard reinstitutes martial law and soon has Belle and Gabby ... +


Just after the Civil War, Vance Corgin returns home to Purvis County, Texas, after spending a year in the North as a Confederate prisoner of war. His friends are up in arms against Ambrose Ballard, the county adjutant who, aided by lawyer Wilbur Cravens, has raised the taxes for his own profit. Their resistance is led by Vance's old pal, innkeeper Gabriel "Gabby" Hornaday. On the night he returns, Vance attends a meeting at which Gabby speaks. The meeting is also attended by the extremely nearsighted Cravens, who does not recognize Gabby. He does recognize Vance's singing voice, however, and so Ballard arrests Vance for sedition. Soon after, Colonel Davis, the county's military commander, arrives and asks Vance to take an amnesty oath pledging allegiance to the U.S. constitution, in exchange for which he will be freed. Davis explains that if all the residents take the oath, martial law will be suspended, they will be able to elect their own officials and Ballard will be removed from power. Vance takes the oath and convinces his friends to do likewise, despite the protests of Gabby's niece, Jeanie Grayson, who believes that Vance is giving in to the Northerners. Soon after, the residents hold their first election, at which Vance is elected sheriff, and Davis appoints Cravens the judge, as he is the only lawyer in town. Davis then goes to Ballard's office, where he is on the verge of discovering Ballard's records detailing his graft. Ballard's secretary, Stacy, shoots Davis, for which Ballard falsely accuses Gabby and his friends, Sam and Belle Starr. Ballard reinstitutes martial law and soon has Belle and Gabby put on trial for sedition. After Ballard declares the two guilty and sentences them to be shot, Vance, who went into hiding to escape being arrested himself, succeeds in breaking Belle out of jail. He is forced to leave Gabby behind, however, and Sam is injured while Vance's men are chased by Ballard's gang. As Vance takes Sam to safety, he passes an isolated cabin and sees Stacy, whom Ballard ordered to hide out. The other ranchers decide to free Gabby, although Vance warns them that Ballard will use their actions as an excuse to kill him. Vance and Belle return to the cabin, where they find that Stacy has been shot by the nervous Ballard. Stacy confesses that he murdered Davis, and Vance sends Belle to get General Wright, Davis' commander, while he goes into town. Once there, Vance is able to calm the ranchers, while Stacy shoots Ballard for his double-crossing. Vance explains the situation to Wright, and after all returns to normal, Vance gets on with the important task of romancing Jeanie. +

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