Montana Desperado (1951)

51 mins | Western | 24 June 1951

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HISTORY

Working titles of this film were Massacre Valley and Montana Marshal . Modern sources add Carl Matthews and Ben Corbett to the ... More Less

Working titles of this film were Massacre Valley and Montana Marshal . Modern sources add Carl Matthews and Ben Corbett to the cast.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Aug 1951
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 1950
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 1950
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Jul 1951.
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The Exhibitor
18 Jul 1951
p. 3115.
Variety
28 Nov 1950.
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Variety
14 Nov 1951
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec
PRODUCTION MISC
Set cont
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Massacre Valley
Montana Marshal
Release Date:
24 June 1951
Production Date:
mid October 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1000
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
51
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14914
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Dave Borden visits his ranch to investigate a series of murders involving tenants who leased his property, he is initially accused of the crimes, but later cleared by the sheriff Ben. Soon after, Dave learns that his neighbor, Jim Wilson, has been murdered as well. Sally, Wilson's daughter, inherits her father's ranch and plans to marry mining engineer Ron Logan. That night, rancher Jim Berry and his foreman, Hal Jackson, offer to purchase Dave's ranch. When Dave declines, Jackson starts a fistfight, but Dave triumphs. Later, a mysterious masked rider shoots at Jackson and Berry on the trail. After Berry loses his rifle in the commotion, the masked man uses it to set a trap for Dave and nearly succeeds in killing him. In a ruse designed to identify the killer, Dave announces to the town that he intends to sell his ranch to the highest bidder. Logan, who secretly has plans to control the water rights for the entire valley, offers to buy the property on behalf of the mining company. When Norris, the only other possible purchaser for the property, is found dead, Dave sells to Logan, whom he suspects is the killer. Meanwhile, Sally has been encouraged by Dave to change her affections from Logan to Jackson. Deciding to remain in the area to trap the murderer, Dave uses a mirror by his window to catch the masked man when he makes another attempt at murder. A chase ensues, but Dave loses the bandit in the hills. Logan then appears at Sally's ranch and, after confessing to the murders, tries to force Sally to deed over her ranch to him, but Dave arrives just in ... +


When Dave Borden visits his ranch to investigate a series of murders involving tenants who leased his property, he is initially accused of the crimes, but later cleared by the sheriff Ben. Soon after, Dave learns that his neighbor, Jim Wilson, has been murdered as well. Sally, Wilson's daughter, inherits her father's ranch and plans to marry mining engineer Ron Logan. That night, rancher Jim Berry and his foreman, Hal Jackson, offer to purchase Dave's ranch. When Dave declines, Jackson starts a fistfight, but Dave triumphs. Later, a mysterious masked rider shoots at Jackson and Berry on the trail. After Berry loses his rifle in the commotion, the masked man uses it to set a trap for Dave and nearly succeeds in killing him. In a ruse designed to identify the killer, Dave announces to the town that he intends to sell his ranch to the highest bidder. Logan, who secretly has plans to control the water rights for the entire valley, offers to buy the property on behalf of the mining company. When Norris, the only other possible purchaser for the property, is found dead, Dave sells to Logan, whom he suspects is the killer. Meanwhile, Sally has been encouraged by Dave to change her affections from Logan to Jackson. Deciding to remain in the area to trap the murderer, Dave uses a mirror by his window to catch the masked man when he makes another attempt at murder. A chase ensues, but Dave loses the bandit in the hills. Logan then appears at Sally's ranch and, after confessing to the murders, tries to force Sally to deed over her ranch to him, but Dave arrives just in time to capture Logan. With the mystery resolved, Dave leaves town for other adventures and assigns his ranch to Sally and Jackson for their new life together.
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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