Idaho (1943)

70 mins | Western | 10 March 1943

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Russell Kimball

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to HR news items, the rights to Jesse Stone's song "Idaho" were originally bought by Republic for a film about the state's history, which was to star John Wayne. Other HR news items reported that although the studio wanted to film the picture on location in Idaho, the plan was abandoned due to "extreme uncertainty of transportation [due to wartime shortages], accomodations, the closing of Sun Valley...and the exceptionally heavy snowfall in the northern mountains." The picture was instead photographed in Kernville, CA. Modern sources include James Bush in the ... More Less

According to HR news items, the rights to Jesse Stone's song "Idaho" were originally bought by Republic for a film about the state's history, which was to star John Wayne. Other HR news items reported that although the studio wanted to film the picture on location in Idaho, the plan was abandoned due to "extreme uncertainty of transportation [due to wartime shortages], accomodations, the closing of Sun Valley...and the exceptionally heavy snowfall in the northern mountains." The picture was instead photographed in Kernville, CA. Modern sources include James Bush in the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Feb 1943.
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Daily Variety
15 Feb 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Feb 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 42
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Feb 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald
20 Feb 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Feb 43
p. 1162.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Feb 43
p. 1169.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Mar 43
p. 1218.
Variety
17 Feb 43
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Idaho," music and lyrics by Jesse Stone
"Lone Buckaroo" and "Stop," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"Don Juan," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
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SONGS
"Idaho," music and lyrics by Jesse Stone
"Lone Buckaroo" and "Stop," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan
"Don Juan," music and lyrics by Tim Spencer
"Home on the Range," music by Dr. Brewster M. Higley, lyrics by Daniel E. Kelly
"Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord Almighty," based on "Nicaea," music by John Bacchus Dykes, lyrics by Reginald Heber
"Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Dogies," traditional.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 March 1943
Production Date:
14 December 1942--early January 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 March 1943
Copyright Number:
LP11901
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,252
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9080
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Community leader Judge John Grey, who operates a ranch in Idaho to rehabilitate wayward boys, crusades to close a gambling establishment owned by Belle Bonner. One evening, Grey throws a party to celebrate his daughter Terry's birthday, and while Terry is turning down the marriage proposals of Rangers Roy Rogers and Bob, Grey is confronted by Belle. She offers to fund Grey's efforts to help the boys if he will leave her alone, but he refuses her offer. After Belle leaves, Grey is still in his office when criminals Spike Madagan and Duke Springer enter through the back door. Unknown to Terry or any of Grey's friends, Grey is a reformed bank robber named Tom Allison. Madagan and Springer, his former partners, threaten to reveal his past if Grey does not help them hide from their pursuers, for they have just committed a robbery and murder, but Grey refuses, saying he is not afraid of Terry finding out that he is an ex-convict. The pair knock him out and escape, and upon reaching Belle's casino, tell her about Grey's identity. The next day, Grey is confronted again by Belle, but despite her threat to tell the townspeople about him, Grey urges the town council to close her casino. Belle then instructs Springer and Madagan to hold up the local bank and plant evidence to implicate Grey. A bystander is killed during the robbery, which is quickly blamed on Tom Allison. Grey confesses his past to Roy but swears that although he does not have an alibi, he is not the culprit in this case. Roy promises to procure evidence of Belle, ... +


Community leader Judge John Grey, who operates a ranch in Idaho to rehabilitate wayward boys, crusades to close a gambling establishment owned by Belle Bonner. One evening, Grey throws a party to celebrate his daughter Terry's birthday, and while Terry is turning down the marriage proposals of Rangers Roy Rogers and Bob, Grey is confronted by Belle. She offers to fund Grey's efforts to help the boys if he will leave her alone, but he refuses her offer. After Belle leaves, Grey is still in his office when criminals Spike Madagan and Duke Springer enter through the back door. Unknown to Terry or any of Grey's friends, Grey is a reformed bank robber named Tom Allison. Madagan and Springer, his former partners, threaten to reveal his past if Grey does not help them hide from their pursuers, for they have just committed a robbery and murder, but Grey refuses, saying he is not afraid of Terry finding out that he is an ex-convict. The pair knock him out and escape, and upon reaching Belle's casino, tell her about Grey's identity. The next day, Grey is confronted again by Belle, but despite her threat to tell the townspeople about him, Grey urges the town council to close her casino. Belle then instructs Springer and Madagan to hold up the local bank and plant evidence to implicate Grey. A bystander is killed during the robbery, which is quickly blamed on Tom Allison. Grey confesses his past to Roy but swears that although he does not have an alibi, he is not the culprit in this case. Roy promises to procure evidence of Belle, Madagan and Springer's guilt, but Grey's past is nonetheless revealed by Terry, who was trying to catch Allison in order to use the reward money for the boys. Roy quits the Rangers when Bob refuses to listen to his protests and arrests Grey. Roy then rescues Grey from a lynch mob arranged by Belle and her men, and with the aid of Frog Millhouse, one of Grey's ranch hands, discovers that the gang is going to steal a payroll shipment and blame the judge. After Frog and Grey, who have been captured by the gang, are taken to the robbery site, Roy persuades Bob to help him foil the theft. They are joined by a posse consisting of Terry and her young charges, and succeed in stopping the crime and rescuing Grey and Frog. Roy then captures the fleeing Springer and Madagan, who along with Belle, are later convicted of robbery and murder. During a celebratory party, Bob and Grey are reconciled, and Terry finally accepts Roy's marriage proposal. +

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