Colorado (1940)

57 mins | Western | 15 September 1940

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HISTORY
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Sep 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 40
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
3 Sep 40
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Sep 40
p. 41.
Variety
4 Sep 40
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1940
Production Date:
ended 27 July 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9971
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6525
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

During the Civil War, Don Mason poses as a Union officer in order to foment unrest in the Colorado territory and therefore divert the Union troops from their confrontation with the Confederacy. To quell the disturbance, General Ulysses S. Grant sends army intelligence officer Jerry Burke. On the Denver-bound stage, Jerry meets Lylah Sanford, who is traveling to marry her fiancé, Mason. En route, the stage is held up by a masked bandit whom Jerry recognizes as his long-lost brother Don. Jerry is reluctant to expose his own brother, and soon learns that Don is a Union officer. Later that night, Jerry visits his brother in camp where he learns that Don, using the name of Mason, is engaged to Lylah. After declaring martial law, Jerry begins rounding up the Confederate agents and discovers that Don is working with the underground Confederate railway. To avoid arrest, Don flees and joins forces with Indian Commissioner Jim Macklin and his gang, who are selling guns to the Indians in order to create a climate of panic in which they can take over the territory. When Jerry discovers that Macklin is smuggling guns on haywagons, he arrests the commissioner. Later that night, Don breaks Macklin out of jail and Jerry rides in pursuit of his brother. After Jerry is shot by an Indian bullet, however, Don comes to his brother's rescue and Lylah nurses him back to health. Once recovered, Jerry resumes his relentless pursuit of Don. Jerry and the posse capture Don in the desert, but he dies while trying to escape. With peace restored to the territory, Jerry ... +


During the Civil War, Don Mason poses as a Union officer in order to foment unrest in the Colorado territory and therefore divert the Union troops from their confrontation with the Confederacy. To quell the disturbance, General Ulysses S. Grant sends army intelligence officer Jerry Burke. On the Denver-bound stage, Jerry meets Lylah Sanford, who is traveling to marry her fiancé, Mason. En route, the stage is held up by a masked bandit whom Jerry recognizes as his long-lost brother Don. Jerry is reluctant to expose his own brother, and soon learns that Don is a Union officer. Later that night, Jerry visits his brother in camp where he learns that Don, using the name of Mason, is engaged to Lylah. After declaring martial law, Jerry begins rounding up the Confederate agents and discovers that Don is working with the underground Confederate railway. To avoid arrest, Don flees and joins forces with Indian Commissioner Jim Macklin and his gang, who are selling guns to the Indians in order to create a climate of panic in which they can take over the territory. When Jerry discovers that Macklin is smuggling guns on haywagons, he arrests the commissioner. Later that night, Don breaks Macklin out of jail and Jerry rides in pursuit of his brother. After Jerry is shot by an Indian bullet, however, Don comes to his brother's rescue and Lylah nurses him back to health. Once recovered, Jerry resumes his relentless pursuit of Don. Jerry and the posse capture Don in the desert, but he dies while trying to escape. With peace restored to the territory, Jerry settles down to marry Lylah. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
with songs, Civil War


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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