Sagebrush Trail (1933)

53, 55 or 58-59 mins | Western | 15 December 1933

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HISTORY

According to modern sources, Yakima Canutt doubled for John Wayne in some scenes of this film, and the following were additional cast members: Hank Bell, William Dyer , Charles "Slim" Whitaker , Hal Price, Archie Ricks, Tex Phelps and Blackjack ... More Less

According to modern sources, Yakima Canutt doubled for John Wayne in some scenes of this film, and the following were additional cast members: Hank Bell, William Dyer , Charles "Slim" Whitaker , Hal Price, Archie Ricks, Tex Phelps and Blackjack Ward. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Dec 33
p. 6.
HF
14 Oct 33
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Dec 33
p. 47.
Variety
9-Jan-34
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Paul Malvern Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 December 1933
Production Date:
12328
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 December 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4406
Physical Properties:
Sound
Balsley & Phillips Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
53, 55 or 58-59
Length(in feet):
4,839
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Upon receiving a wire that fugitive John Brant, wanted for murder in Maryland, is aboard a train traveling near Sagebrush, Texas, Sheriff Parker searches the train for Brant, who escapes on a horse. The sheriff and his deputy chase Brant to a lake, where Brant escapes their gaze as he stays underwater breathing through a reed, but as they are about to leave, the sheriff and deputy see the reed and fire at it. Assuming they've killed Brant, they leave, but Brant emerges, and a man who identifies himself as "Jones" compliments him on eluding the law. Jones dubs Brant "Smith" and takes him to his gang's hideout at an abandoned mine, where Brant becomes the cook. Brant earns Jones's friendship by suffering a knockout blow in his effort to help Jones in a brawl. To prove to the suspicious chief, Ed Walsh, that Brant is no lawman, Jones plans to rob a safe with Brant in the Sagebrush general store. While casing the store, Brant leaves a note for the owner's daughter, Sally Blake, that unless they leave men in the store with the lights on that night, the safe will be robbed. Sally's father informs the sheriff, and when Brant and Jones enter the darkened store, the sheriff and his men fire on them, wounding Brant. Jones takes him to "Blind Pete's," a saloon, to convalesce. As Brant recovers, his courtship of Sally provokes Jones's jealousy. When Brant learns that the gang plans to rob the stage of a mine payroll, he robs it himself and hides the money box. Jones suspects Brant of double-crossing him, but after his suspicions are allayed, ... +


Upon receiving a wire that fugitive John Brant, wanted for murder in Maryland, is aboard a train traveling near Sagebrush, Texas, Sheriff Parker searches the train for Brant, who escapes on a horse. The sheriff and his deputy chase Brant to a lake, where Brant escapes their gaze as he stays underwater breathing through a reed, but as they are about to leave, the sheriff and deputy see the reed and fire at it. Assuming they've killed Brant, they leave, but Brant emerges, and a man who identifies himself as "Jones" compliments him on eluding the law. Jones dubs Brant "Smith" and takes him to his gang's hideout at an abandoned mine, where Brant becomes the cook. Brant earns Jones's friendship by suffering a knockout blow in his effort to help Jones in a brawl. To prove to the suspicious chief, Ed Walsh, that Brant is no lawman, Jones plans to rob a safe with Brant in the Sagebrush general store. While casing the store, Brant leaves a note for the owner's daughter, Sally Blake, that unless they leave men in the store with the lights on that night, the safe will be robbed. Sally's father informs the sheriff, and when Brant and Jones enter the darkened store, the sheriff and his men fire on them, wounding Brant. Jones takes him to "Blind Pete's," a saloon, to convalesce. As Brant recovers, his courtship of Sally provokes Jones's jealousy. When Brant learns that the gang plans to rob the stage of a mine payroll, he robs it himself and hides the money box. Jones suspects Brant of double-crossing him, but after his suspicions are allayed, Jones confesses that he came West after killing his wife's lover in a fight in Baltimore. Brant, who was the man convicted of the murder, learns that Jones left Baltimore without knowing that anyone else was charged with the crime. Brant decides to continue with the gang to help Jones, now his friend, go straight. When he hears Walsh announce the target for the next robbery, a shipment of gold by stage, he immediately leaves for town, arousing Jones's suspicions. Jones follows after arranging with the gang that if Brant returns alone, it should be taken as a sign that he has revealed the plan. Upon seeing the sheriff and deputy at Sally's store, Brant goes to Blind Pete's and leaves word for Sally to meet him there. Jones follows and after Sally arrives, trailed by the sheriff and deputy, she helps them escape. Jealous of Sally's displayed affection for Brant, Jones sends him back to the mine alone to be killed, but then learns from Sally of his true identity and his reason for staying. Jones sends Sally to get the sheriff and his posse while he goes to help Brant battle the gang. Surrounded by the gang, Jones and Brant ride the stage through the mine. Pursued, Jones is hit by a bullet, and the stage falls over a cliff. The sheriff captures the gang, and as Brant, who escaped from the stage, Sally and the sheriff and his men, surround Jones, he admits killing his wife's lover before he dies. Brant and Sally then walk off together, embrace and kiss. +

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