Silver City Bonanza (1951)

66-67 mins | Western | 1 March 1951

Director:

George Blair

Writer:

Bob Williams

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Robert M. Leeds

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources add Ted Mapes and Tom Steele to the cast. HR production charts list Vicky Johnson in the cast, but her appearance has not been confirmed. Alix Ebsen is the daughter of Buddy ... More Less

Modern sources add Ted Mapes and Tom Steele to the cast. HR production charts list Vicky Johnson in the cast, but her appearance has not been confirmed. Alix Ebsen is the daughter of Buddy Ebsen. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Mar 51
p. 4.
Film Daily
23 Mar 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 50
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 51
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 Mar 51
p. 786.
Variety
21 Mar 51
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lollipop Lane," music and lyrics by Fred Rose and Johnny Marvin
"Sweet Evalina" and "I Ride an Old Paint," traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 March 1951
Production Date:
late Oct--10 Nov 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1951
Copyright Number:
LP735
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14968
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While riding along the trail, a blind man is killed by a knife-throwing stalker, who then flees, leaving behind the dead man's Seeing Eye dog. Nearby, Gabriel Horne, who is a friend of singing cowboy Rex Allen, receives a letter from his blind brother Pete, informing him about the discovery of a lost Spanish silverlode. Just then, Pete's dog Duke runs up and leads Rex and Gabe to Pete's dead body. Determined to find the murderer, Rex and Gabe go to Silver City, where Pete's letter was postmarked. An old-timer there remembers seeing Pete ride through town, as well as another man who was asking about him. As Rex and Gabe return to the road, a couple in a buckboard race past them, chased by three gunmen. Rex and Gabe stop the hoodlums from beating up the man in the wagon, and the gunmen leave. The man, Groggins, is so shaken that he tells the woman that he can no longer work for her, and heads for town on foot. The woman, Katie McIntosh, recognizes Duke, and says that Pete stayed with her a few days earlier. Hoping to hire Rex and Gabe, she invites them to dinner and promises to answer their questions about Pete. As they ride to her ranch, she explains that she has been running the ranch and rearing her orphaned sister and brother. After she refused to sell the ranch to a stranger, a series of unlucky incidents occurred--disappearing cattle, fires and harassed employees--but because she cannot prove they are related, the sheriff has not helped. She also mentions a ghost, but Rex and Gabe dismiss the notion. At ... +


While riding along the trail, a blind man is killed by a knife-throwing stalker, who then flees, leaving behind the dead man's Seeing Eye dog. Nearby, Gabriel Horne, who is a friend of singing cowboy Rex Allen, receives a letter from his blind brother Pete, informing him about the discovery of a lost Spanish silverlode. Just then, Pete's dog Duke runs up and leads Rex and Gabe to Pete's dead body. Determined to find the murderer, Rex and Gabe go to Silver City, where Pete's letter was postmarked. An old-timer there remembers seeing Pete ride through town, as well as another man who was asking about him. As Rex and Gabe return to the road, a couple in a buckboard race past them, chased by three gunmen. Rex and Gabe stop the hoodlums from beating up the man in the wagon, and the gunmen leave. The man, Groggins, is so shaken that he tells the woman that he can no longer work for her, and heads for town on foot. The woman, Katie McIntosh, recognizes Duke, and says that Pete stayed with her a few days earlier. Hoping to hire Rex and Gabe, she invites them to dinner and promises to answer their questions about Pete. As they ride to her ranch, she explains that she has been running the ranch and rearing her orphaned sister and brother. After she refused to sell the ranch to a stranger, a series of unlucky incidents occurred--disappearing cattle, fires and harassed employees--but because she cannot prove they are related, the sheriff has not helped. She also mentions a ghost, but Rex and Gabe dismiss the notion. At the ranch, Gabe and Rex meet Katie's siblings, Susie and Jimmy. While Rex feeds the horses, thugs attack him and tell him to leave. Rex tells Gabe later that they will have to take off anyway, if they want to solve Pete's murder. That night, during Susie's birthday party, an injured man bursts in, saying that rustlers are driving Katie's cattle toward the nearby pass. Acting on Rex's suggestion, Katie's friends block the narrow part of the pass with a wagon. When the cattle are cornered, they frighten them with gunshots, causing cattle and rustlers to turn tail. Duke attacks one of the rustlers, but the man retaliates with a knife, leaving it behind as he escapes. Rex finds the dog uninjured, and when he realizes the knife matches Pete's murder weapon, he concludes that Katie's troubles are linked to Pete's murder. The next day Rex and Jimmy are attacked by gunmen while riding to town. Rex kills one, and on the dead man, finds a brass object imprinted with the words "US Navy." In town, Rex phones a Navy buddy in Denver and meets the local theater owner, who recognizes the knife as belonging to Monk Monroe, a circus knife thrower, whose publicity photograph he happens to have. That evening at the ranch, Rex shows the photo to Katie, who identifies Monroe as the stranger who tried to buy the ranch. Rex asks if the ranch has a pond, and is told the story of Haunted Lake, which was built by the original owner of the Spanish land grant, Don Rudolfo, whose ghost is rumored to wear a helmet and armor. Katie then tries to get Rex in a romantic mood, but he and Gabe depart abruptly for the lake, where they discover that the legendary ghost is really a diver. Rex guesses that Don Rudolfo dammed the lake to hide his silver mine, and that Pete, who was a Navy diver before he was blinded, recognized the sound of an air pump and was killed because he realized Monroe was diving for silver. Meanwhile, Jimmy is swimming in the lake and is caught by the diver, but Rex comes to the rescue. On shore, the arrival of Katie alerts the diver's helpers, and Gabe finds her just before a gunfight erupts. Rex and Gabe disarm all of the men except Monroe. Monroe tries to throw a knife at Rex, but Duke attacks Monroe's throwing arm, giving Rex time to overtake him. The next day, Rex explains how the brass object, which had been identified by his Navy friend as a diver's helmet fitting, led him to check out the lake. After Rex declares that he and Gabe must go to town to tie up loose ends, Katie makes it clear that she wants Rex to sing romantic songs to her upon his return. +

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