Barbed Wire (1952)

61 or 65 mins | Western | July 1952

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty

Producer:

Armand Schaefer

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Gene Autry Productions
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HISTORY

Information in copyright records indicates that the film was released in sepia, but the print viewed was in black and ... More Less

Information in copyright records indicates that the film was released in sepia, but the print viewed was in black and white. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
19 Jul 1952.
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Daily Variety
2 Jul 52
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Jul 52
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 51
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 51
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 52
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Jul 52
p. 1433.
Variety
2 Jul 52
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op asst
Cam op asst
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd tech
SOURCES
SONGS
"Mexicali Rose," words by Helen Stone, music by Jack B. Tenney
"Ezekiel Saw de Wheel," traditional
"Old Buckaroo," words and music by Gene Autry and Fleming Allen.
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1952
Production Date:
early December--mid December 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Gene Autry Productions
Copyright Date:
29 May 1952
Copyright Number:
LP1728
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
sepia
Duration(in mins):
61 or 65
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15763
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1878 Kansas, cattle buyers find their supply of trail herds gradually depleted. Rancher Gene Autry purchases one of the last herds to arrive, and learns from cattleman Uncle John Copeland that the Texas cattle trails have been blocked by homesteaders stringing barbed wire across their territories. When Mayor Bill Whitson asks Gene if he will open the cattle trail, Uncle John suggests that Gene begin his undertaking in Osborne, Texas, a near ghost town due to the poverty of the cattlemen and homesteaders alike. In Osborne, Gene discovers his old friend "Buckeye" Buttram, a government land agent. Shortly after Buckeye closes a deal with newcomer August Gormley, two cattlemen attack his office and are seen by Gene and newspaper publisher Gay Kendall. Gay notices the attackers' horses bear the brand of Diamond Head ranch. After Gene halts the attack, he and Buckeye discover a threatening note demanding that no further land be sold. Wealthy Steve Ruttledge, owner of Diamond Head and a former military officer who lost one arm during the war, rides into town concerned over Gay's safety and assures Gene he wants no difficulties with the new homesteaders. Gene decides to meet with the homesteaders to try and convince them to open up their land. At the McGraw place, Gene and Buckeye discover only a shelter, not a house, and are angrily forced off the property by McGraw. At Ed Parker's place, Gene also notices only a tiny shack on the premises, and when Buckeye asks to inspect the building, Parker starts a fistfight rather than allow the investigation. Gene asserts that the phony homesteads are an obvious obstruction ... +


In 1878 Kansas, cattle buyers find their supply of trail herds gradually depleted. Rancher Gene Autry purchases one of the last herds to arrive, and learns from cattleman Uncle John Copeland that the Texas cattle trails have been blocked by homesteaders stringing barbed wire across their territories. When Mayor Bill Whitson asks Gene if he will open the cattle trail, Uncle John suggests that Gene begin his undertaking in Osborne, Texas, a near ghost town due to the poverty of the cattlemen and homesteaders alike. In Osborne, Gene discovers his old friend "Buckeye" Buttram, a government land agent. Shortly after Buckeye closes a deal with newcomer August Gormley, two cattlemen attack his office and are seen by Gene and newspaper publisher Gay Kendall. Gay notices the attackers' horses bear the brand of Diamond Head ranch. After Gene halts the attack, he and Buckeye discover a threatening note demanding that no further land be sold. Wealthy Steve Ruttledge, owner of Diamond Head and a former military officer who lost one arm during the war, rides into town concerned over Gay's safety and assures Gene he wants no difficulties with the new homesteaders. Gene decides to meet with the homesteaders to try and convince them to open up their land. At the McGraw place, Gene and Buckeye discover only a shelter, not a house, and are angrily forced off the property by McGraw. At Ed Parker's place, Gene also notices only a tiny shack on the premises, and when Buckeye asks to inspect the building, Parker starts a fistfight rather than allow the investigation. Gene asserts that the phony homesteads are an obvious obstruction against the cattle drives. When Buckeye tries to take Parker in to the marshal for assaulting a government agent, Parker escapes. Parker then reports to Ruttledge, who reassures him that he will protect all of the bogus homesteaders that he has hired, because he intends to force public demand for a railroad, which will then have to purchase his land. Ruttledge further observes that the genuine homesteaders, most of whom are starving and struggling, will also be dependent on him for their supplies. Later, after Uncle John and several cattlemen discover that August has killed a stray cow for food, they accuse him of rustling and throw him off his land. A few days later Gay's newspaper announces that Uncle John has been found dead. Uncle John's death notice has been planted by Gene in an effort to gather the cattlemen in one place, and during the funeral services, the cattlemen are startled to hear the "ghost" of Uncle John pleading for them to put a stop to the phony homesteaders and discover a way to continue their cattle drives north. When Gay demands to know the truth about Uncle John's "death," Uncle John reveals himself and several cattlemen agree to contribute to a vast herd and a new drive. Suddenly, Uncle John is shot through an open window, and when several men run outside and see August hastening away, Ruttledge shoots him. Back inside, Gene tells Buckeye he is sure his shot winged the assailant, and they then notice one of Ruttledge's henchmen with a grazed hand. In honor of Uncle John, the cattlemen adhere to their promise and put together an enormous herd to drive to Kansas. At Gene's request, Buckeye spies on the goings on at Diamond Head, but is captured by Ruttledge's men. Gene comes to Buckeye's rescue and after a fight with Ruttledge's gang, discovers Ruttledge's railroad plans. Gene instructs Buckeye to bring the cattlemen to the heart of the phony homesteads to clear the trail for the drive. Ruttledge and his men chase Gene and the cattlemen, but Gene is able to destroy a sizeable portion of the barbed fences before having Ruttledge and his gang surrounded and captured. With the trail now open, the cattle drive continues north to Kansas. +

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

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