Ride a Violent Mile (1957)

79-80 mins | Western | December 1957

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In the film's credits, Nathan R. Barragar's credit reads "Production manager and assistant director." A Jun 1957 HR news item notes that the film was shot in Kanab, UT. Modern sources add Norman B. Cram and Karl R. MacDonald to the ... More Less

In the film's credits, Nathan R. Barragar's credit reads "Production manager and assistant director." A Jun 1957 HR news item notes that the film was shot in Kanab, UT. Modern sources add Norman B. Cram and Karl R. MacDonald to the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Dec 1957.
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Daily Variety
2 Dec 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Dec 57
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 57
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 57
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 57
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Dec 57
p. 649.
Variety
4 Dec 57
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Emirau Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
Sd facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff
Opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1957
Production Date:
mid June 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 October 1957
Copyright Number:
LP9543
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
RegalScope
Duration(in mins):
79-80
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a small Western town during the Civil War, a rock comes hurling through the window of dance hall girl Susan Crowley's room. Susan calmly proceeds to the street, where she is accosted by Dory and Sam, two cowhands. As the two men restrain Susan, Jeff Donner, a stranger in town, notices that she is being coerced and comes to her rescue. While talking to Susan, Jeff turns to loosen his horse's saddle strap, and when he turns back around, he finds she has vanished. Jeff then enters the local saloon, where Dory and Sam provoke a fight with him, which is broken up by James Thorne, the newly appointed marshal. As Thorne lectures the three about the virtues of law and order, Susan beckons to Jeff and directs him to meet her at her room later. Although Jeff is wary, he goes to the rendezvous and there finds a man named Edwards stabbed and near death. With his dying breath, Edwards gasps the cryptic phrase "a gallon and a pint and second day." When Thorne finds Jeff standing over Edwards' lifeless body, he arrests him for murder, but Jeff escapes and is met in a back alley by Susan, who has brought his horse. As the two gallop out of town, Thorne recruits Dory and Sam to form a posse to track the fugitives. Susan leads Jeff into the rocky hills, where they engage in a standoff with Thorne and his men. Although grazed by a bullet in the crossfire, Susan quickly recovers and then explains that Edwards, whom she had met only once before, signaled the meeting that night by ... +


In a small Western town during the Civil War, a rock comes hurling through the window of dance hall girl Susan Crowley's room. Susan calmly proceeds to the street, where she is accosted by Dory and Sam, two cowhands. As the two men restrain Susan, Jeff Donner, a stranger in town, notices that she is being coerced and comes to her rescue. While talking to Susan, Jeff turns to loosen his horse's saddle strap, and when he turns back around, he finds she has vanished. Jeff then enters the local saloon, where Dory and Sam provoke a fight with him, which is broken up by James Thorne, the newly appointed marshal. As Thorne lectures the three about the virtues of law and order, Susan beckons to Jeff and directs him to meet her at her room later. Although Jeff is wary, he goes to the rendezvous and there finds a man named Edwards stabbed and near death. With his dying breath, Edwards gasps the cryptic phrase "a gallon and a pint and second day." When Thorne finds Jeff standing over Edwards' lifeless body, he arrests him for murder, but Jeff escapes and is met in a back alley by Susan, who has brought his horse. As the two gallop out of town, Thorne recruits Dory and Sam to form a posse to track the fugitives. Susan leads Jeff into the rocky hills, where they engage in a standoff with Thorne and his men. Although grazed by a bullet in the crossfire, Susan quickly recovers and then explains that Edwards, whom she had met only once before, signaled the meeting that night by throwing a rock through her window, but Dory and Sam delayed her. Jeff is incredulous when Susan then confides that she is a Union undercover agent to whom Edwards was to deliver a critical message, but he nevertheless repeats Edwards' last words to her. Susan then asks for Jeff's help in reaching Lt. George Merrick, the Union Information Officer who will able to decipher the message. After losing the fugitives' trail, Dory and Sam return to town while Thorne continues his quest. Upon reaching Merrick's shack, Susan enters alone and comes face to face with a man who claims to be Merrick. Although Susan has never met Merrick, she challenges his identity, and the man then shows her the real Merrick's body, dangling from a noose. As the man, Norman, threatens to kill Susan unless she relays Edwards' message, Jeff sneaks in and jumps him, but Norman overpowers Jeff and knocks him unconscious. Just as Norman puts his hands around Susan's neck to strangle her, Jeff awakens and shoots him. Combing through a pile of shell casings, Susan finds a secret communication from Merrick, reading "Long Knife Colinas," but she decides to withhold the information from Jeff. While Jeff buries Merrick, Norman, who only suffered a flesh wound, rides off, and soon after, Susan also disappears. Back inside the shack, Jeff discovers Merrick's discarded message just as Sam and Dory arrive and demand to know where Susan is. When a beating fails to elicit the information, Sam and Dory trick Jeff by pretending to get drunk. Jeff seizes the opportunity to escape, and Sam and Dory follow him to Long's gun shop in Colinas. Upon entering the shop, Jeff is stunned to see Norman, who knocks him unconscious and locks him in a room with Susan, whom he has also captured. Soon after, Sam, Dory and Thorne enter the room and when Jeff tries to enlist the marshal's aid, Thorne reveals that he is a Confederate major posing as a marshal to intercept Edwards' message. Thorne then introduces Dory, Norman and Sam as his fellow agents. After ordering Norman to eliminate Jeff and Susan, Thorne and the others ride off to complete their mission. As Norman steels himself to commit murder, Susan distracts him and Jeff grabs his gun. In the ensuing struggle, the weapon fires, killing Norman. Following Thorne's trail to a beef packing plant, Jeff and Susan find Jonathan Long, the gun shop owner, beaten and near death. When Susan repeats Edwards' message to Long, Long tells them that the Confederates are staging a cattle drive across the Rio Grande into Mexico to finance the purchase of seacoast land that will give them a strategic advantage in winning the war. The drive is to occur the following day, and Jeff determines to disrupt it by stampeding the cattle and scattering them to the winds. At Long's urgings, Susan and Jeff leave him to ride to the Rio Grande. When Thorne sees Jeff, he fires, thus startling the cattle into a stampede. Dropping to the ground, Jeff pulls his gun and shoots Thorne, finally thwarting the Confederate plot. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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