The Lawless Rider (1954)

63 mins | Western | July 1954

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HISTORY

The cast list above is taken from the onscreen "Cast of Characters" presented at the film's conclusion. This differs from the opening credits, which are in the following order: Johnny Carpenter, Frankie Darro and Douglas Dumbrille through Roy Canada. These names are followed by the credit that reads "Introducing Texas Rose Bascom, Internationally Famous Roping Champion with Hank Caldwell and his Saddle Kings." The remainder of the cast is from the "Cast of Characters." According to a modern source, this film was shot in Jun 1952 under the title The Outlaw Marshal , but was not released until 1954 due to financial difficulties. The copyright year on the print is 1952. Immediately prior to release, the film was cut by approximately nine minutes, which may explain the absence of two credited songs, "Thinking of You" and "Sage Brush Blues," from the print viewed. According to a modern source, most of the film was shot on location at Jack Ingram Ranch in Woodland Hills, ... More Less

The cast list above is taken from the onscreen "Cast of Characters" presented at the film's conclusion. This differs from the opening credits, which are in the following order: Johnny Carpenter, Frankie Darro and Douglas Dumbrille through Roy Canada. These names are followed by the credit that reads "Introducing Texas Rose Bascom, Internationally Famous Roping Champion with Hank Caldwell and his Saddle Kings." The remainder of the cast is from the "Cast of Characters." According to a modern source, this film was shot in Jun 1952 under the title The Outlaw Marshal , but was not released until 1954 due to financial difficulties. The copyright year on the print is 1952. Immediately prior to release, the film was cut by approximately nine minutes, which may explain the absence of two credited songs, "Thinking of You" and "Sage Brush Blues," from the print viewed. According to a modern source, most of the film was shot on location at Jack Ingram Ranch in Woodland Hills, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Oct 1954.
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Daily Variety
25 Oct 54
p. 4.
Film Daily
29 Oct 54
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 52
p. 11.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Oct 1954.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Oct 54
p. 194.
The Exhibitor
3 Nov 54
p. 3863.
Variety
27 Oct 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Still photog
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orig mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Transportation
Public relations consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Thinking of You," words and music by Marguerite McFarlane
"Round-up Time" and "Sage Brush Blues," words and music by Hank Caldwell
"Ridin' My Blues Away" and "Western Trails," words and music by Ted Smile.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Outlaw Marshal
Release Date:
July 1954
Production Date:
began 18 June 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Royal West Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 September 1954
Copyright Number:
LP4461
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Lenses/Prints
Processed by Pathé Laboratories, Hollywood, California
Duration(in mins):
63
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Deputy Marshal Johnny Carpenter rescues Nancy James from a runaway horse and buggy, she tells him that she is headed for Loma County to start a newspaper. No sooner does Nancy arrive, than county boss Freno Frost tells her to leave. Frost then informs Jim Bascom that he wants to buy the ranch Jim owns with his sister Rose. Jim is eager to sell due to gambling debts owed to Frost, but Rose feels the ranch is worth at least double Frost's offer. Meanwhile, Johnny encounters a group of Frost's gunmen, who are hanging a marshal, but is unable to save the lawman. Later, Johnny talks with Marshal Brady about quitting and returning to his ranch where his sister needs him. Brady then shows him a telegram from Rose Bascom, who was once his sweetheart but ran off with another man, seeking official help against the Frost gang. However, Johnny returns to his ranch. Some time later, Frost induces Jim to sell him his half of the ranch for one dollar, then proposes to Rose that they become partners and also marry, but she rejects him. At his ranch, Johnny receives a letter from Rose asking for his help and confirming that her cattle are being rustled and that Frost has sent for a notorious killer named Rod Tatum. After Johnny's sister tells him that she knows that Tatum has just been jailed, Johnny decides to impersonate him and heads for Loma County. There, Frost has decided to get rid of Jim and sets him up in an ambush against "Tatum," but Johnny overpowers him with a whip. After Johnny meets Frost and is accepted as Tatum, he ... +


After Deputy Marshal Johnny Carpenter rescues Nancy James from a runaway horse and buggy, she tells him that she is headed for Loma County to start a newspaper. No sooner does Nancy arrive, than county boss Freno Frost tells her to leave. Frost then informs Jim Bascom that he wants to buy the ranch Jim owns with his sister Rose. Jim is eager to sell due to gambling debts owed to Frost, but Rose feels the ranch is worth at least double Frost's offer. Meanwhile, Johnny encounters a group of Frost's gunmen, who are hanging a marshal, but is unable to save the lawman. Later, Johnny talks with Marshal Brady about quitting and returning to his ranch where his sister needs him. Brady then shows him a telegram from Rose Bascom, who was once his sweetheart but ran off with another man, seeking official help against the Frost gang. However, Johnny returns to his ranch. Some time later, Frost induces Jim to sell him his half of the ranch for one dollar, then proposes to Rose that they become partners and also marry, but she rejects him. At his ranch, Johnny receives a letter from Rose asking for his help and confirming that her cattle are being rustled and that Frost has sent for a notorious killer named Rod Tatum. After Johnny's sister tells him that she knows that Tatum has just been jailed, Johnny decides to impersonate him and heads for Loma County. There, Frost has decided to get rid of Jim and sets him up in an ambush against "Tatum," but Johnny overpowers him with a whip. After Johnny meets Frost and is accepted as Tatum, he asks a blacksmith he once helped go straight, to get a message to his ranchhands asking for their help. Rose tells Johnny that other ranchers have been hit hard by the rustling and that she intends to put on a show to raise money for them. After Jim starts a fight with him, Johnny reveals to him that he is an old friend of Rose's and that she needs his help. Later, the real Tatum breaks out of jail and comes to the town, causing Frost to become confused as to which Tatum is genuine. Eventually, when Johnny and Tatum meet in a gunfight, Johnny kills Tatum and is once again accepted by Frost and his gang, although some of the gang remain suspicious. Matters come to a head when gang member Blackjack interrupts Rose's show and Johnny comes to her aid. During a fistfight, Blackjack pulls off Johnny's fake moustache, revealing his true identity. When Johnny's men come to his rescue, a brawl ensues, then develops into a gunfight, during which Frost shoots Jim and tries to escape on horseback. Frost throws ignited dynamite sticks at Johnny, but Johnny throws them back and they explode, killing Frost. After redeeming himself, Jim dies in Johnny's arms. Later, Johnny receives an assay report on material he found on Rose's ranch indicating a very high silver content and stating that a similar report had earlier been sent to Frost. The communication also tells him to hurry back, as Marshal Brady is in trouble, and Johnny rides off. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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