The Plunderers (1960)

94 mins | Western | November 1960

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writer:

Bob Barbash

Producer:

Joseph Pevney

Editor:

Tom McAdoo

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

August Productions
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HISTORY

August Productions was a company set up by Jeff Chandler, Jess Rand and Bob Barbash; The Plunderers was its first and only film. May and Jun 1960 HR news items add Maxine Doviate, Dixie Carson, Buck Bailey, Bert Hicks, Beth Belden, Clint Sharp, Buck Bucko, Richard Johnstone, Henry Isabell, John Barton, Jenny May Ellis, Charles Morton and Fred Weller to the cast, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, portions of the film were shot on location in Topanga Canyon, CA. Although a Jul 1960 HR news item stated that Sam Cooke would write and record a theme song for the film, no theme song was heard in the viewed print. The song may have been used for exploitation purposes only. ... More Less

August Productions was a company set up by Jeff Chandler, Jess Rand and Bob Barbash; The Plunderers was its first and only film. May and Jun 1960 HR news items add Maxine Doviate, Dixie Carson, Buck Bailey, Bert Hicks, Beth Belden, Clint Sharp, Buck Bucko, Richard Johnstone, Henry Isabell, John Barton, Jenny May Ellis, Charles Morton and Fred Weller to the cast, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, portions of the film were shot on location in Topanga Canyon, CA. Although a Jul 1960 HR news item stated that Sam Cooke would write and record a theme song for the film, no theme song was heard in the viewed print. The song may have been used for exploitation purposes only. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Nov 1960.
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Daily Variety
4 Nov 60
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Nov 60
p. 6.
Filmfacts
1960
p. 348.
Harrison's Reports
13 May 61
p. 74.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 1960
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 1960
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1960
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 1960
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 1960
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 60
p. 3, 14.
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 1960
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 1960
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 1960
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 1960
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 1960
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 1960
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1960
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1960
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 60
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 1960
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 1960
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 60
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
6 Apr 1961.
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Motion Picture Daily
10 Oct 1960.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Nov 60
p. 917.
The Exhibitor
9 Nov 60
p. 4765.
Variety
9 Nov 60
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Props
Const supv
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Set cont
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1960
Production Date:
11 May--mid June 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Allied Artists Pictures Corp. & August Productions
Copyright Date:
7 November 1960
Copyright Number:
LP17374
Physical Properties:
Sound
Todd-AO Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,440
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19732
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Four young cowboys, Rondo, Jeb Lucas Tyler, Mule and Davy, ride into the small town of Trail City. The cowboys are unable to pay for their drinks at Mike Baron's saloon, so Sheriff Tom McCauley jails them for the night after they state that they will be moving on the next morning. The next day, rancher Sam Christie, a Civil War hero with a paralyzed right arm, is buying supplies in Jess Walters' general store when the young men come in and ask Jess's daughter Ellie to serve them. Once again, they refuse to pay for their purchases, but Sam chooses not to get involved. The youngsters continue their bullying tactics by taking two rooms at Kate Miller's hotel without paying. When Baron, Walters and Miller ask Sam to join them in insisting that McCauley act against the intruders, he refuses, saying that he has to return to his ranch. McCauley's attempt to force the men to leave fails, and Kate goes to see Sam to appeal again for his help, as they have been longtime friends. Kate asks him to stand up to the young men, but he has had his fill of fighting, and when he refuses, she accuses him of being afraid. Meanwhile, the cowboys have returned to Baron's saloon and are intimidating him and his customers. When Baron tells them to leave, Mule, the biggest of the gang, beats him up. Later, Rondo, a Mexican, tells Ellie that he had nothing to do with the beating and kisses her, but she does not respond. When McCauley is forced to face the hoodlums, Jeb shoots and kills him, but Davy is disturbed by this turn of ... +


Four young cowboys, Rondo, Jeb Lucas Tyler, Mule and Davy, ride into the small town of Trail City. The cowboys are unable to pay for their drinks at Mike Baron's saloon, so Sheriff Tom McCauley jails them for the night after they state that they will be moving on the next morning. The next day, rancher Sam Christie, a Civil War hero with a paralyzed right arm, is buying supplies in Jess Walters' general store when the young men come in and ask Jess's daughter Ellie to serve them. Once again, they refuse to pay for their purchases, but Sam chooses not to get involved. The youngsters continue their bullying tactics by taking two rooms at Kate Miller's hotel without paying. When Baron, Walters and Miller ask Sam to join them in insisting that McCauley act against the intruders, he refuses, saying that he has to return to his ranch. McCauley's attempt to force the men to leave fails, and Kate goes to see Sam to appeal again for his help, as they have been longtime friends. Kate asks him to stand up to the young men, but he has had his fill of fighting, and when he refuses, she accuses him of being afraid. Meanwhile, the cowboys have returned to Baron's saloon and are intimidating him and his customers. When Baron tells them to leave, Mule, the biggest of the gang, beats him up. Later, Rondo, a Mexican, tells Ellie that he had nothing to do with the beating and kisses her, but she does not respond. When McCauley is forced to face the hoodlums, Jeb shoots and kills him, but Davy is disturbed by this turn of events. Sam informs Walters, Baron and Doc Fuller that he is going back to his ranch for his gun, and asks them to round up volunteers. However, Abilene, the town drunk, tips off the gang and they are waiting for Sam at his ranch. After Mule badly beats Sam, they take his horses and wagon and return to town. Ellie rides out to Sam's, helps him clean himself up and tells him that there is some response to his appeal for volunteers. Sam, however, feels that only a few will want to follow him, "half a man." Ellie kisses and embraces him, prompting him to return to the fray. Meanwhile, Davy tells Rondo that he wants to leave and asks him to go with him. In a stable, Sam tells the assembled volunteers that Rondo is the most dangerous of the group. When Davy comes to collect his horse, he draws his gun on Sam and the volunteers, saying that he does not want to kill any of them, then drops the gun and weeps. Rondo then surprises Ellie at her home and attacks her, but she claws him and escapes. When Sam captures Rondo, the other citizens want to hang him but Sam dissuades them. Ellie sees Rondo pull out a knife and head toward Sam's back, and shoots and kills him. After Jeb and Mule retreat to the saloon, Sam challenges Mule to come out and faces him armed with Rondo's knife. They fight and Mule dies when he falls on the knife. Jeb, panicked, tries to escape but Sam shoots and kills him. Sam tells Davy to get his horse and leave, then he and Ellie reunite. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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