Sheriff of Tombstone (1941)

54 or 56 mins | Western | 7 May 1941

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Olive Cooper

Cinematographer:

William Nobles

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Jack Rockwell, George Rosenor, Frank Ellis, Art Dillard, Herman Hack, Vester Pegg, Al Haskell, Ray Jones, Jess Cavan , Chuck Baldra , Oscar Gahan, Al Taylor, Bob Reeves and Roy Rogers' horse, ... More Less

Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Jack Rockwell, George Rosenor, Frank Ellis, Art Dillard, Herman Hack, Vester Pegg, Al Haskell, Ray Jones, Jess Cavan , Chuck Baldra , Oscar Gahan, Al Taylor, Bob Reeves and Roy Rogers' horse, "Trigger." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 May 1941.
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Daily Variety
19 May 1941.
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Film Daily
8 May 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 41
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
10 May 41
p. 39.
Variety
21 May 41
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Yuh Should a' Seen Pete" and "Ridin' on a Rocky Road," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Sol Meyer
"Don't Gamble with Romance," music and lyrics by Peter Tinturin
"Sky Bald Paint," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 May 1941
Production Date:
25 March--early April 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 May 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10483
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54 or 56
Length(in feet):
5,095
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Dodge City sheriff Bret Starr decides that it is time to move on, and after telling outlaw Shotgun Cassidy to leave town as well, departs with his brother Bill and his family for Tombstone, Arizona. The travelers are joined by judge "Gabby" Whitaker, who is running away to avoid his wife and their daughter. On the way to Tombstone, the group encounters Cassidy, who tells them that he is going to become Tombstone's new sheriff. When Cassidy tries to shoot Bret in the back, Gabby saves his friend and wounds the outlaw. Upon reaching their destination, Bret and Gabby rescue dressmaker Mary Carson from Jed Crawley and the Clay Brothers, three rough cowboys who are tearing up her store. Because it has not had a sheriff in over a month, Tombstone has become a wild place run by crooked saloon owner A. J. Slade and corrupt mayor Luke Keeler. When Bret uses a shotgun to intimidate Crawley and the Clays, Keeler assumes that he is Cassidy and appoints him sheriff. Wondering why Keeler would hire an outlaw, Bret accepts the position. At Slade's saloon, Keeler and Slade tell Bret that he is to dispossess Granny Carson, who owns a valuable silver mine, because she has not paid her back taxes. Bret goes to the mine, where Granny tells him that she has not paid the taxes because every time she sends a shipment of silver, the stagecoach is robbed. Soon after, mine worker Joe Martinez goes to the saloon to discuss the situation with Slade. Joe is actually stagecoach express agent John Anderson, and it is through him that the ... +


Dodge City sheriff Bret Starr decides that it is time to move on, and after telling outlaw Shotgun Cassidy to leave town as well, departs with his brother Bill and his family for Tombstone, Arizona. The travelers are joined by judge "Gabby" Whitaker, who is running away to avoid his wife and their daughter. On the way to Tombstone, the group encounters Cassidy, who tells them that he is going to become Tombstone's new sheriff. When Cassidy tries to shoot Bret in the back, Gabby saves his friend and wounds the outlaw. Upon reaching their destination, Bret and Gabby rescue dressmaker Mary Carson from Jed Crawley and the Clay Brothers, three rough cowboys who are tearing up her store. Because it has not had a sheriff in over a month, Tombstone has become a wild place run by crooked saloon owner A. J. Slade and corrupt mayor Luke Keeler. When Bret uses a shotgun to intimidate Crawley and the Clays, Keeler assumes that he is Cassidy and appoints him sheriff. Wondering why Keeler would hire an outlaw, Bret accepts the position. At Slade's saloon, Keeler and Slade tell Bret that he is to dispossess Granny Carson, who owns a valuable silver mine, because she has not paid her back taxes. Bret goes to the mine, where Granny tells him that she has not paid the taxes because every time she sends a shipment of silver, the stagecoach is robbed. Soon after, mine worker Joe Martinez goes to the saloon to discuss the situation with Slade. Joe is actually stagecoach express agent John Anderson, and it is through him that the gang knows when to rob the coach. Anderson warns Slade that Bret appears to be honest, and Slade decides to have him ride shotgun on Granny's shipment the next day and have the gang dispose of him. When the coach is about to travel through a pass, however, Bret becomes suspicious and returns to town with the silver before they can steal it. When Bret goes to the saloon, the real Cassidy is there waiting, but Gabby helps Bret escape from the ensuing shootout. The next night when the mine owners meet, Bret convinces them to pay Granny's taxes, and asks Anderson to arrange the shipment of the money. After the meeting, Bret and Gabby follow Anderson and see him put on his disguise as Martinez. The money wagons leave the next day, but Bret has loaded them with so many guards that they get through the waiting gang. Bret and Gabby chase Anderson back to town, where Cassidy is waiting with Slade and Keeler's sharpshooters. Bret and Gabby prevail, however, and soon the gang is rounded up and peace is restored in Tombstone. +

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