Fort Savage Raiders (1951)

54-55 mins | Western | March 1951

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Barry Shipman

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Mar 1951.
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Daily Variety
14 Mar 51
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 1950
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 51
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Mar 51
p. 766.
Variety
14 Mar 51
p. 7.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
March 1951
Production Date:
13 September--21 September 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 March 1951
Copyright Number:
LP950
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54-55
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14859
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Angered when he is forbidden by military restrictions to visit his ailing child, cavalry officer Capt. Michael Craydon goes AWOL, but is captured and incarcerated in Fort Savage’s garrison. Becoming unhinged by these events, Craydon then leads a violent escape with several other jailed soldiers, and the gang, christened the Fort Savage Raiders, begins a crime spree across the West. Col. Sutter turns to his longtime friend, Steve Drake, to form a small company to capture Craydon’s gang. Steve gathers acquaintances Smiley Burnette, Old Cuss and Rog Beck for the assignment, but the men are dismayed when Sutter reveals that because it is a military mission, they must be led by an officer. The assignment is given to Sutter’s arrogant and inexperienced son, recent West Point graduate Lt. James Sutter. Sutter appeals to Steve to convince the others to accept Jim’s leadership and Steve agrees. The group disguises themselves as prospectors to go in search of Craydon’s raiders, but is constantly tried by Jim’s unfamiliarity with the West and his insistence on doing things strictly “by the book.” When Jim’s stubbornness places the men in danger, they are rescued by The Durango Kid, who, unknown to everyone, is Steve’s alter ego. Later, Steve and the men tangle with Craydon and pick off most of his men, but Jim continues to hamper their mission. Soon after, Jim’s inflexibility nearly costs him his own life, and when he is again rescued by The Durango Kid, Jim angrily attempts to arrest The Kid as an outlaw. Frustrated by Jim’s mulish attitude, Steve finally challenges the young officer to a fistfight. ... +


Angered when he is forbidden by military restrictions to visit his ailing child, cavalry officer Capt. Michael Craydon goes AWOL, but is captured and incarcerated in Fort Savage’s garrison. Becoming unhinged by these events, Craydon then leads a violent escape with several other jailed soldiers, and the gang, christened the Fort Savage Raiders, begins a crime spree across the West. Col. Sutter turns to his longtime friend, Steve Drake, to form a small company to capture Craydon’s gang. Steve gathers acquaintances Smiley Burnette, Old Cuss and Rog Beck for the assignment, but the men are dismayed when Sutter reveals that because it is a military mission, they must be led by an officer. The assignment is given to Sutter’s arrogant and inexperienced son, recent West Point graduate Lt. James Sutter. Sutter appeals to Steve to convince the others to accept Jim’s leadership and Steve agrees. The group disguises themselves as prospectors to go in search of Craydon’s raiders, but is constantly tried by Jim’s unfamiliarity with the West and his insistence on doing things strictly “by the book.” When Jim’s stubbornness places the men in danger, they are rescued by The Durango Kid, who, unknown to everyone, is Steve’s alter ego. Later, Steve and the men tangle with Craydon and pick off most of his men, but Jim continues to hamper their mission. Soon after, Jim’s inflexibility nearly costs him his own life, and when he is again rescued by The Durango Kid, Jim angrily attempts to arrest The Kid as an outlaw. Frustrated by Jim’s mulish attitude, Steve finally challenges the young officer to a fistfight. After receiving a thrashing, Jim allows the men to try Steve’s plan and they succeed in trapping Craydon and one of his gang member in a cave. In the ensuing fight Steve finally kills Craydon, bringing an end to the Fort Savage Raiders. +

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