The Hawk of Wild River (1952)

54 mins | Western | February 1952

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writer:

Howard J. Green

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Fayte Browne

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Feb 1952.
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Daily Variety
18 May 1951
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Daily Variety
8 Feb 52
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Feb 52
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jul 1951
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1951
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 52
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
21 May 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Feb 52
p. 1238.
Variety
12 Feb 52
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Chief Pocatello from the Cherokees" and "Pedro Enchilada," words and music by Smiley Burnette.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
February 1952
Production Date:
30 July--7 August 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 February 1952
Copyright Number:
LP1555
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15523
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

U.S. Marshal Steve Martin arrives in the small town of Wild River, assigned to bring a halt to the numerous stagecoach holdups by an outlaw gang headed by a part-Indian known as The Hawk. An expert with a bow and arrow, The Hawk kills Wild River’s sheriffs as soon as they are elected, leaving his gang free to terrorize the townspeople at will. Soon after reaching Wild River, Steve assumes his secret identity of The Durango Kid and comes to the rescue of acting sheriff Jack Mahoney after the murder of Jack’s father by The Hawk. The Durango Kid then overpowers The Hawk and turns him over to Jack for arrest. Back in town, Steve, who has not revealed that he is a marshal, intentionally behaves suspiciously and is soon arrested by Jack. Once in jail, Steve gains The Hawk’s confidence by staging their escape. The Hawk then invites Steve to join the gang and he accepts, with the intention of learning the identities of the gang members and the location of the stolen stagecoach loot. Steve’s plan is nearly upset by his affable but bumbling friend, photographer Smiley Burnette. When Steve learns of The Hawk’s next raid, he sends Smiley to inform Jack of the plan. Steve slips away and, returning as The Durango Kid, intercepts the gang, kills The Hawk and helps Jack capture the rest of the gang. With the stolen money returned, Steve leaves Wild River. ... +


U.S. Marshal Steve Martin arrives in the small town of Wild River, assigned to bring a halt to the numerous stagecoach holdups by an outlaw gang headed by a part-Indian known as The Hawk. An expert with a bow and arrow, The Hawk kills Wild River’s sheriffs as soon as they are elected, leaving his gang free to terrorize the townspeople at will. Soon after reaching Wild River, Steve assumes his secret identity of The Durango Kid and comes to the rescue of acting sheriff Jack Mahoney after the murder of Jack’s father by The Hawk. The Durango Kid then overpowers The Hawk and turns him over to Jack for arrest. Back in town, Steve, who has not revealed that he is a marshal, intentionally behaves suspiciously and is soon arrested by Jack. Once in jail, Steve gains The Hawk’s confidence by staging their escape. The Hawk then invites Steve to join the gang and he accepts, with the intention of learning the identities of the gang members and the location of the stolen stagecoach loot. Steve’s plan is nearly upset by his affable but bumbling friend, photographer Smiley Burnette. When Steve learns of The Hawk’s next raid, he sends Smiley to inform Jack of the plan. Steve slips away and, returning as The Durango Kid, intercepts the gang, kills The Hawk and helps Jack capture the rest of the gang. With the stolen money returned, Steve leaves Wild River. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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