Silver River (1948)

108 or 114 mins | Drama | 29 May 1948

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Producer:

Owen Crompton

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although SAB and onscreen credits state that this film was based on a novel by Stephen Longstreet, no information about the book has been found. Portions of the film were shot on location in Bishop, CA. Errol Flynn and his wife attended the film's world premiere in ... More Less

Although SAB and onscreen credits state that this film was based on a novel by Stephen Longstreet, no information about the book has been found. Portions of the film were shot on location in Bishop, CA. Errol Flynn and his wife attended the film's world premiere in Denver. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 May 1948.
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Daily Variety
4 May 48
p. 3, 14
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 48
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 48
p. 16.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jan 48
p. 4021.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 May 48
p. 4153.
New York Times
22 May 48
p. 8.
Variety
5 May 48
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on a novel by Stephen Longstreet (title and publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 May 1948
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Denver: 18 May 1948
New York opening: 20 May 1948
Production Date:
late April--early August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 May 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1635
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
108 or 114
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the Civil War, Union soldier "Mike" McComb is cashiered after he ignores his orders and burns one million dollars to keep it out of Confederate hands. Mike vows that in the future, he will follow only his own orders. His first act is to organize a squad of soldiers to clean out a crooked gambling organization that is located near his camp. He and his friend, "Pistol" Porter, then confiscate the gambling equipment for themselves and head for Silver City, Nevada, to open a saloon and gambling hall. Onboard the Missouri River boat that is taking them to St. Joseph, "Banjo" Sweeney tries unsuccessfully to commandeer the equipment and warns Mike that he will be waiting for him in Silver City. Learning that beautiful Georgia Moore has hired all the available wagons to carry new mining equipment to the Silver River mine that she runs with her husband Stanley, Mike challenges the wagons' owner, Sam Slade, to a poker game and wins the wagons. When Mike arrives in Silver City, the townspeople, warned by Sweeney and Georgia, try to turn him away, but Mike opens his saloon despite their wishes. Later, he hires alcoholic lawyer John Plato Beck, and agrees to lend Stanley the wagons to carry his mining equipment in exchange for a large share in the mine. Mike is in love with Georgia and tries unsuccessfully to come between her and her husband. Upon learning that Stanley does not have the money to finish his smelter, Mike then agrees to finance that in exchange for a third interest in the mine. When Sweeney urges the miners ... +


During the Civil War, Union soldier "Mike" McComb is cashiered after he ignores his orders and burns one million dollars to keep it out of Confederate hands. Mike vows that in the future, he will follow only his own orders. His first act is to organize a squad of soldiers to clean out a crooked gambling organization that is located near his camp. He and his friend, "Pistol" Porter, then confiscate the gambling equipment for themselves and head for Silver City, Nevada, to open a saloon and gambling hall. Onboard the Missouri River boat that is taking them to St. Joseph, "Banjo" Sweeney tries unsuccessfully to commandeer the equipment and warns Mike that he will be waiting for him in Silver City. Learning that beautiful Georgia Moore has hired all the available wagons to carry new mining equipment to the Silver River mine that she runs with her husband Stanley, Mike challenges the wagons' owner, Sam Slade, to a poker game and wins the wagons. When Mike arrives in Silver City, the townspeople, warned by Sweeney and Georgia, try to turn him away, but Mike opens his saloon despite their wishes. Later, he hires alcoholic lawyer John Plato Beck, and agrees to lend Stanley the wagons to carry his mining equipment in exchange for a large share in the mine. Mike is in love with Georgia and tries unsuccessfully to come between her and her husband. Upon learning that Stanley does not have the money to finish his smelter, Mike then agrees to finance that in exchange for a third interest in the mine. When Sweeney urges the miners not to accept pay vouchers in lieu of cash, the mine owners demand that Mike suggest a solution. In exchange for shares in all the mines in the area, Mike sets up a bank which trades the vouchers for cash. Mike expands his saloons and banks throughout the state, eventually attracting the attention of President Ulysses S. Grant. Grant asks the miners to produce more silver so that the U.S. can become a creditor nation, and in response, Stanley suggests that they expand mining operations to the Black Rock range of mountains. Although Mike knows that the Shoshone Indians are on the war path, he says nothing to Stanley, even when Plato reminds him that King David once sent the husband of the woman he loved to his death in battle. After Stanley is killed by the Indians, Mike builds a castle on his property. When Georgia returns from San Francisco, where she went after her husband's death, Mike marries her. The couple gives a party to show the castle to the townspeople, and a drunken Plato breaks up the party with accusations against Mike. Their faith in Mike destroyed, the miners withdraw their money from his bank, and the other owners attempt to corner the silver market. In desperation, Mike shuts down all the mines, infuriating the public. Plato, meanwhile, decides to run for the Senate. Georgia begs Mike to call off the fight and reopen the mines, and when he refuses, she leaves him. Later, a run on the bank forces Mike to declare bankruptcy. The silver syndicate, headed by Sweeney, puts up a candidate to run against Plato, and to insure his victory, Sweeney kills Plato during a speech. Mike asks the crowd to avenge Plato's death and a battle ensues. When it is over, Mike prevents the crowd from lynching Sweeney and then makes a speech promising changes in Silver City. Afterward, an impressed Georgia reconciles with Mike. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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