Colorado Sundown (1952)

67 mins | Western | 8 February 1952

Director:

William Witney

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to an Aug 1951 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on location at Big Bear, ... More Less

According to an Aug 1951 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on location at Big Bear, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Feb 1952.
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Daily Variety
11 Feb 52
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Feb 52
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1951.
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 51
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 51
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 51
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 52
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Feb 52
p. 1246.
Variety
11 Feb 1952.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Cost supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Under Colorado Stars," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
"Down by the Riverside" and "Pine Valley Stage," traditional.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 February 1952
Production Date:
9 Aug--late Aug 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 January 1952
Copyright Number:
LP1515
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15536
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At Ezekiel Reynolds' death, Lawyer Davis of Pine Valley, Colorado summons the heirs for a reading of Zeke's will, which instructs that his 66,000-acre ranch be divided in three parts and distributed equally among them. One third is to be inherited by his grandniece from the East, Jackie Reynolds, who has arrived with her friend Mattie, and another third by the son of Zeke's benefactor, Joshua "Slim" Pickens of Texas, whose boss, cattleman Rex Allen, has come along to see that Slim gets a fair deal. The remaining third of the ranch is to go to Zeke's deceased sister's children, Dan and Carrie Hurley, who own the local mill and until now, believed themselves to be the sole heirs to the property. At the reading, Dan attempts to refute the claims of Jackie and Slim and starts a fistfight with Rex, but when Rex wins, Carrie apologizes for her brother's behavior. However, the Hurleys are soon conniving to get the rest of the land from their naïve co-heirs, first by trying to manipulate them into selling by claiming that the trees on the ranch are infested with bark beetle, and then by trying to kill them in a boiler explosion. Both times, Rex comes to the rescue. The Hurleys are desperate, for the forestry service has halted the timbering of the area to prevent soil erosion and flash floods. They attempt to bribe a forest ranger, Fred Stocker, to condemn the trees on the area ranches, and when they are unsuccessful, murder him with poisoned tea. Afterward, they send for their outlaw brother, Dusty, to impersonate the ranger. Dusty then declares the trees ... +


At Ezekiel Reynolds' death, Lawyer Davis of Pine Valley, Colorado summons the heirs for a reading of Zeke's will, which instructs that his 66,000-acre ranch be divided in three parts and distributed equally among them. One third is to be inherited by his grandniece from the East, Jackie Reynolds, who has arrived with her friend Mattie, and another third by the son of Zeke's benefactor, Joshua "Slim" Pickens of Texas, whose boss, cattleman Rex Allen, has come along to see that Slim gets a fair deal. The remaining third of the ranch is to go to Zeke's deceased sister's children, Dan and Carrie Hurley, who own the local mill and until now, believed themselves to be the sole heirs to the property. At the reading, Dan attempts to refute the claims of Jackie and Slim and starts a fistfight with Rex, but when Rex wins, Carrie apologizes for her brother's behavior. However, the Hurleys are soon conniving to get the rest of the land from their naïve co-heirs, first by trying to manipulate them into selling by claiming that the trees on the ranch are infested with bark beetle, and then by trying to kill them in a boiler explosion. Both times, Rex comes to the rescue. The Hurleys are desperate, for the forestry service has halted the timbering of the area to prevent soil erosion and flash floods. They attempt to bribe a forest ranger, Fred Stocker, to condemn the trees on the area ranches, and when they are unsuccessful, murder him with poisoned tea. Afterward, they send for their outlaw brother, Dusty, to impersonate the ranger. Dusty then declares the trees infested with bark beetle and orders them to be cut down immediately. Dan buys the trees from the ranchers at a reduced price. As the ranchers regretfully denude their land, knowing that floods may destroy their ranches and livelihood, Rex becomes suspicious and writes a friend who works for the forestry service. When his friend's response arrives, Dusty steals the letter, shooting Mattie and Jackie's dog, Manhattan, in the process, and in a panic, goes to Carrie for help. Realizing that Dusty's ineptitude is putting her in jeopardy, Carrie serves him poisoned tea. Rex, who found Mattie shortly after she was shot, chases Dusty to town, and gets in a fight with him at the mill office. Carrie shoots Rex, claiming self-defense, and when Dusty dies, blames Rex for his death. The doctor does not believe Rex caused the death and wants to do an autopsy, but the Hurleys convince the sheriff to let their mill doctor handle it. The sheriff takes the personal effects from the body, and is surprised to find the ring Dusty was wearing is broken. The sheriff feels obligated to arrest Rex, but a thunderstorm causes the eroded land to flood and the town is evacuated. All hands, including Rex, are needed to sandbag. The rain finally stops, and during the cleanup, the body of the real Stocker is found. The doctor determines he died from a poison that bloats the body, and seeing that his finger has a ringmark that matches the ring found on Dusty's body, believes that the ring originally belonged to him and was cut off and worn by Dusty. Meanwhile, the angered ranchers are preparing to burn the mill, blaming the Hurleys for the flood. The Hurleys and their men ride out to fight them, so that when Rex and the sheriff arrive at the mill to confront the Hurleys, the office is deserted. Looking around, they find the letter from Rex's friend that states that the flood control law is still in effect and that no ranger is authorized to order the timbering of the area. After Slim arrives and tells them about the shootout between the ranchers and the timbermen, they all rush to the scene, hoping to stop the bloodshed. When they arrive, the sheriff reads the letter aloud to all, prompting the Hurleys to sneak away. Rex follows them to the office, and he and Dan fight, but when they fall into the water with the floating timber, Dan disappears. Inside, Carrie is preparing to poison herself, but Rex knocks the bottle out of her hand, and takes her to jail. Later, after Dan's body is found in the river, Mattie and Manhattan recover, and Rex, who learns that bark beetle does not threaten that part of the country, offers to use his expertise and connections to buy cattle for Jackie and Slim's ranch. +

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