Boot Hill Bandits (1942)

58 mins | Western | 24 April 1942

Director:

S. Roy Luby

Producer:

George W. Weeks

Cinematographer:

Robert Cline

Editor:

Roy Claire

Production Company:

Range Busters, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Marshal of Sundance and The Mesquite Kid . Modern sources add Carl Mathews, Tex Palmer, Merrill McCormack , Hank Bell, Horace B. Carpenter and Charles King to the cast. For further information on the "Range Busters" series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620 and consult the Series ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Marshal of Sundance and The Mesquite Kid . Modern sources add Carl Mathews, Tex Palmer, Merrill McCormack , Hank Bell, Horace B. Carpenter and Charles King to the cast. For further information on the "Range Busters" series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620 and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Jul 1942.
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Daily Variety
5 Jun 1942.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 42
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Aug 42
p. 613, 829
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Mesquite Kid
Marshal of Sundance
Release Date:
24 April 1942
Production Date:
began 6 March 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Range Busters, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11593
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in feet):
5,095
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
8277
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Crash Corrigan, a member of the law-enforcing Range Busters, is invited to be the marshal of Sundance, but when he arrives there, he is forced into a gunfight with the Mesquite Kid, a former rival, whom he kills. Crash then works with the sheriff to arrest the gang responsible for the stagecoach robberies, which have been secretly organized by Brand Bolton, the local saloon owner. When the sheriff sends Crash and his partners, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, to guard the stagecoach that is due to arrive with the mine payroll, Crash intercepts the runaway coach just before it explodes. A dimwitted local bandit, the Maverick, finds Crash among the wreckage and leaves him for dead after stealing the marshal's badge. Brand gives Maverick the reward he has secretly offered for the death of Crash and warns the exile to get out of town. Maverick then kills the strongbox guard but is so startled by the sudden appearance of Crash, who has survived the explosion, that he falls to his death from a cliff. Crash and his friends continue to pretend that he is dead so he can operate undercover. When Brand gives traveling singer May Meadows Crash's badge as a memento, she turns it over to the sheriff. Brand's connection to the stagecoach robberies is thereby revealed, and his involvement is further exposed by the fact that the arrival of the stagecoach was a secret among the local citizen's committee, of which Brand is a member. Brand is reprimanded by the mayor, the real mastermind behind the robberies, who advises him to retrieve Crash's badge, which could incriminate him. Brand kidnaps ... +


Crash Corrigan, a member of the law-enforcing Range Busters, is invited to be the marshal of Sundance, but when he arrives there, he is forced into a gunfight with the Mesquite Kid, a former rival, whom he kills. Crash then works with the sheriff to arrest the gang responsible for the stagecoach robberies, which have been secretly organized by Brand Bolton, the local saloon owner. When the sheriff sends Crash and his partners, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, to guard the stagecoach that is due to arrive with the mine payroll, Crash intercepts the runaway coach just before it explodes. A dimwitted local bandit, the Maverick, finds Crash among the wreckage and leaves him for dead after stealing the marshal's badge. Brand gives Maverick the reward he has secretly offered for the death of Crash and warns the exile to get out of town. Maverick then kills the strongbox guard but is so startled by the sudden appearance of Crash, who has survived the explosion, that he falls to his death from a cliff. Crash and his friends continue to pretend that he is dead so he can operate undercover. When Brand gives traveling singer May Meadows Crash's badge as a memento, she turns it over to the sheriff. Brand's connection to the stagecoach robberies is thereby revealed, and his involvement is further exposed by the fact that the arrival of the stagecoach was a secret among the local citizen's committee, of which Brand is a member. Brand is reprimanded by the mayor, the real mastermind behind the robberies, who advises him to retrieve Crash's badge, which could incriminate him. Brand kidnaps May and Alibi, but they escape by distracting their drunken guard with Alibi's ventriloquist dummy Elmer. The Range Busters capture Brand, who confesses to his involvement in the robberies and agrees to cooperate in turning over the mayor to them. The outlaws are arrested and the mayor is killed when he tries to shoot the Range Busters. Crash relinquishes his position as marshal so that he can return home with his partners. +

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