The Carson City Kid (1940)

57 mins | Western | 1 July 1940

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HISTORY
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Jun 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 40
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald
25 May 40
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jun 40
p. 51.
The Exhibitor
26 Jun 40
p. 554.
Variety
24 Jul 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Golddigger Song," "You Are the One" and "Sonora Moon," words and music by Peter Tinturin.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 July 1940
Production Date:
began 1 May 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9787
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6336
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Carson City Kid, a famous outlaw whose skill in shooting is as strong as his desire to avenge himself on the murderer of his brother, learns that the man who shot his brother is living in Sonora under the name Lee Jessup. On the trail to Sonora, the Kid's partner, Laramie, is captured by Marshal Gabby Whittaker, and taken into custody so that he can identify the mysterious Kid. Unrecognized, the Kid rides into town, where Jessup hires him to protect his saloon. While working at the saloon, the Kid strikes up a friendship with Joby, the saloon's singer, and protects her from Jessup's amorous advances. One day, Scott Warren, a naive young prospector who has struck it rich, stops at the saloon on his way home to Arizona. After luring him into a card game, Jessup cheats Scott out of his bankroll, and the Kid, feeling sorry for him, tells the story of his own brother, who was cheated at cards and then killed by the saloon owner. However, Scott fails to heed the Kid's warning, and later that night, disguises himself as the Kid and robs Jessup's safe. Jessup and his posse pursue Scott and arrest him as the Kid, and Laramie, to save his own skin, confirms the identification. Aware that Scott's trial is just a pretense for a hanging, the real Kid interrupts the proceedings and, in the ensuing shootout, kills Jessup. His mission completed, the Kid marries Joby and returns home to Carson ... +


The Carson City Kid, a famous outlaw whose skill in shooting is as strong as his desire to avenge himself on the murderer of his brother, learns that the man who shot his brother is living in Sonora under the name Lee Jessup. On the trail to Sonora, the Kid's partner, Laramie, is captured by Marshal Gabby Whittaker, and taken into custody so that he can identify the mysterious Kid. Unrecognized, the Kid rides into town, where Jessup hires him to protect his saloon. While working at the saloon, the Kid strikes up a friendship with Joby, the saloon's singer, and protects her from Jessup's amorous advances. One day, Scott Warren, a naive young prospector who has struck it rich, stops at the saloon on his way home to Arizona. After luring him into a card game, Jessup cheats Scott out of his bankroll, and the Kid, feeling sorry for him, tells the story of his own brother, who was cheated at cards and then killed by the saloon owner. However, Scott fails to heed the Kid's warning, and later that night, disguises himself as the Kid and robs Jessup's safe. Jessup and his posse pursue Scott and arrest him as the Kid, and Laramie, to save his own skin, confirms the identification. Aware that Scott's trial is just a pretense for a hanging, the real Kid interrupts the proceedings and, in the ensuing shootout, kills Jessup. His mission completed, the Kid marries Joby and returns home to Carson City. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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