Black Midnight (1949)

65-66 mins | Western | 2 October 1949

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The working title of this film was Thunder the Great . Although the Var review and copyright records credit Erna Lazarus and Scott Darling with the screenplay, DV and HR credit Lazarus and Clint Johnston, who is listed in copyright records as the story ... More Less

The working title of this film was Thunder the Great . Although the Var review and copyright records credit Erna Lazarus and Scott Darling with the screenplay, DV and HR credit Lazarus and Clint Johnston, who is listed in copyright records as the story writer. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Nov 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Nov 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Sep 49
p.
Variety
9 Nov 49
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Thunder the Great
Release Date:
2 October 1949
Production Date:
early June--early July 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2629
Duration(in mins):
65-66
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ranch owner Bill Jordan treats his nephew Scott as a surrogate for his black sheep son Daniel, who ran away from home years earlier. One day, Scott and Bill attend a party at the neighboring Baxter ranch to welcome home owner Martha and daughter Cindy. After Sheriff Gilbert presents Cindy with her late father's mare, Daniel appears, accompanied by his new friend Roy, several mares and a wild black stallion that he claims to have bought. Unable to break the stallion, Daniel is about to destroy the animal when Scott offers to buy the horse for thirty dollars. Naming the stallion Midnight, Scott exercises great patience and soon tames the horse. One day, while browsing through some hand bills, the sheriff notices one containing information about some stolen horses, prompting him to question the brand on Daniel's horses. To circumvent the sheriff's suspicions, Daniel orders Roy to get rid of Midnight. After being pummeled by Roy, the horse tramples his attacker to death. Fearing that Bill will shoot the animal, Scott hides Midnight in the hills, where he and Cindy treat the horse's wounds. Later, the sheriff convinces Bill that Roy provoked the horse's attack, and Bill finally wins back Scott's trust when he shoots a mountain lion that was threatening the boy and his stallion. To avoid being arrested as a horse thief, Daniel decides to kill the sheriff but is foiled by Midnight. After Daniel gives himself up, charges are dropped against him and he returns all the horses except Midnight, who is awarded to ... +


Ranch owner Bill Jordan treats his nephew Scott as a surrogate for his black sheep son Daniel, who ran away from home years earlier. One day, Scott and Bill attend a party at the neighboring Baxter ranch to welcome home owner Martha and daughter Cindy. After Sheriff Gilbert presents Cindy with her late father's mare, Daniel appears, accompanied by his new friend Roy, several mares and a wild black stallion that he claims to have bought. Unable to break the stallion, Daniel is about to destroy the animal when Scott offers to buy the horse for thirty dollars. Naming the stallion Midnight, Scott exercises great patience and soon tames the horse. One day, while browsing through some hand bills, the sheriff notices one containing information about some stolen horses, prompting him to question the brand on Daniel's horses. To circumvent the sheriff's suspicions, Daniel orders Roy to get rid of Midnight. After being pummeled by Roy, the horse tramples his attacker to death. Fearing that Bill will shoot the animal, Scott hides Midnight in the hills, where he and Cindy treat the horse's wounds. Later, the sheriff convinces Bill that Roy provoked the horse's attack, and Bill finally wins back Scott's trust when he shoots a mountain lion that was threatening the boy and his stallion. To avoid being arrested as a horse thief, Daniel decides to kill the sheriff but is foiled by Midnight. After Daniel gives himself up, charges are dropped against him and he returns all the horses except Midnight, who is awarded to Scott. +

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