The Ride Back (1957)

79 mins | Western | April 1957

Director:

Allen H. Miner

Writer:

Antony Ellis

Producer:

William Conrad

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Michael Luciano

Production Designer:

William Glasgow

Production Company:

Associates & Aldrich Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The film opens with a pre-title sequence in which gunshots are heard, followed by shots of "Kallen" running from the saloon, mounting his horse and galloping out of town. "Hamish" is then seen as he paces in his office, walks over to a map and begins to write on it. The sequence contains no dialogue; the song "The Ride Back" is heard over the images. An Apr 1956 HR news item stated that this was to be a co-production between Associates & Aldrich and producer/actor William Conrad, director Allan Miner and writer Antony Ellis.
       Although HR production charts include Ellen and Hope Schwartz in the cast, they may be the same as Ellen Hope Monroe, who is listed in the onscreen credits and is credited in reviews as playing the orphan. HR news items add George Deere, Elmer Smith, Milan Smith, Virgil Buffalo, Bryn Davis and William Donnelly to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the Var review noted that the film was released in Sepiatone, the print viewed was in black-and-white. According to a Jan 1958 HR news item, the story was originally conceived as a "Gunsmoke" radio episode. At the time, Conrad was the voice of "Marshal Matt Dillon" on ... More Less

The film opens with a pre-title sequence in which gunshots are heard, followed by shots of "Kallen" running from the saloon, mounting his horse and galloping out of town. "Hamish" is then seen as he paces in his office, walks over to a map and begins to write on it. The sequence contains no dialogue; the song "The Ride Back" is heard over the images. An Apr 1956 HR news item stated that this was to be a co-production between Associates & Aldrich and producer/actor William Conrad, director Allan Miner and writer Antony Ellis.
       Although HR production charts include Ellen and Hope Schwartz in the cast, they may be the same as Ellen Hope Monroe, who is listed in the onscreen credits and is credited in reviews as playing the orphan. HR news items add George Deere, Elmer Smith, Milan Smith, Virgil Buffalo, Bryn Davis and William Donnelly to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the Var review noted that the film was released in Sepiatone, the print viewed was in black-and-white. According to a Jan 1958 HR news item, the story was originally conceived as a "Gunsmoke" radio episode. At the time, Conrad was the voice of "Marshal Matt Dillon" on "Gunsmoke." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 May 1957.
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Daily Variety
17 Apr 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Apr 57
p. 10.
Harrison's Reports
20 Apr 57
p. 63.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 1956.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 May 1956.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1956
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 56
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 1956
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 1956
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 56
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Apr 57
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 1958.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Apr 57
p. 354.
New York Times
30 Apr 57
p. 24.
The Exhibitor
1 May 57
p. 4319.
Variety
1 May 57
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond by
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting coord
Scr supv
Prod supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Ride Back," words and music by Frank de Vol, sung by Eddie Albert.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1957
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 April 1957
Production Date:
mid September--mid October 1956 at Paramount Sunset Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Associates & Aldrich Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 April 1957
Copyright Number:
LP8707
Physical Properties:
Sound
Glen Glenn Sound Recording
Black and White
Sepiatone
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,180
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18386
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On a quest to bring fugitive Roberto Kallen to trial for murder, Chris Hamish, the deputy sheriff of Scottsville, Texas, crosses the border into Mexico where Kallen, a Mexican-American, has sought refuge. When Hamish questions Father Ignacio, the village priest, about the fugitive, the priest tells him that Kallen has defiled his young cousin Elena and offers to lead him to Kallen. The wily Kallen cordially welcomes the two to his cabin, but when Kallen pulls his gun, the priest steps in front of the weapon and disarms him. After Hamish arrests him, Kallen, sensing the deputy's fear and weakness, assures Elena that he will soon return. As they begin the long ride back to Texas, the self-assured Kallen challenges Hamish's abilities. After they set up camp for the evening, Elena, who has followed them, appears, but Kallen orders her to return home the next morning. When Elena stubbornly dogs them to the border, Kallen asks the border guard to restrain her from crossing. Upon crossing the border, Hamish and Kallen encounter a band of drunken Apaches, and later, Kallen asserts that he killed in self-defense. The next morning, Kallen and Hamish see a ranch in the distance. Upon entering the house, they discover the family has been slaughtered by the Indians. Moved, Kallen tenderly embraces the lifeless body of a small girl and then proceeds to bury the family, placing a rag doll on the little girl's grave. Fired upon by the marauding Apaches, Kallen and Hamish seek refuge in the cabin, their horses having been frightened off by the gunfire. As night falls, Kallen taunts Hamish about his ... +


On a quest to bring fugitive Roberto Kallen to trial for murder, Chris Hamish, the deputy sheriff of Scottsville, Texas, crosses the border into Mexico where Kallen, a Mexican-American, has sought refuge. When Hamish questions Father Ignacio, the village priest, about the fugitive, the priest tells him that Kallen has defiled his young cousin Elena and offers to lead him to Kallen. The wily Kallen cordially welcomes the two to his cabin, but when Kallen pulls his gun, the priest steps in front of the weapon and disarms him. After Hamish arrests him, Kallen, sensing the deputy's fear and weakness, assures Elena that he will soon return. As they begin the long ride back to Texas, the self-assured Kallen challenges Hamish's abilities. After they set up camp for the evening, Elena, who has followed them, appears, but Kallen orders her to return home the next morning. When Elena stubbornly dogs them to the border, Kallen asks the border guard to restrain her from crossing. Upon crossing the border, Hamish and Kallen encounter a band of drunken Apaches, and later, Kallen asserts that he killed in self-defense. The next morning, Kallen and Hamish see a ranch in the distance. Upon entering the house, they discover the family has been slaughtered by the Indians. Moved, Kallen tenderly embraces the lifeless body of a small girl and then proceeds to bury the family, placing a rag doll on the little girl's grave. Fired upon by the marauding Apaches, Kallen and Hamish seek refuge in the cabin, their horses having been frightened off by the gunfire. As night falls, Kallen taunts Hamish about his cowardice and his incompetence in handling a gun. When Kallen's horse returns, Kallen pulls the animal into the cabin and then jumps Hamish. After recovering his gun, Hamish vows to bring Kallen back for trial. The next morning, Kallen spots a little girl running for her life. After catching her, he discovers that she is the twin of the dead girl and, realizing she has been rendered mute from fear, gently tries to reassure her. After hitching the horse to a buckboard, Kallen and Hamish put the girl in the back and then gallop off, dodging Indian bullets. While Kallen soothingly coaxes the girl to eat, Hamish treats her with impatience. When the horse begins to limp, they are forced to abandon the wagon and proceed on foot. While camped around the fire that night, Hamish promises Kallen a fair trial and Kallen then confides his dreams of settling down with Elena. When Kallen asks Hamish why he is so determined to bring him back, Hamish confesses that he has been a failure his entire life and that bringing Kallen to trial is his only chance at redemption. After Hamish falls asleep, Kallen instructs the girl to steal his gun. Awakening suddenly, Hamish gruffly slaps the little girl and snatches back his gun. The next day, Hamish insists upon taking a shortcut through the open countryside. When a roving band of Apaches fires on them and wounds Hamish, the lawman is forced to turn his gun over to Kallen for protection. Scaling the hills, Kallen shoots two of the Indians and drives off the others. Seizing the opportunity to flee back to Mexico, Kallen mounts his horse and rides away, the little girl gazing forlornly after him. She then gingerly approaches the wounded lawman, touches his hand and begins to cry. A short time later, Kallen returns, helps Hamish climb onto his horse and leads him and the girl to town. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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