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The working title of this film was The Barton Woman ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Barton Woman . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Oct 1950.
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Daily Variety
9 Oct 1950.
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Film Daily
10 Oct 50
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
14 Oct 50
p. 162.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 50
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Oct 50
p. 518.
New York Times
9 Oct 50
p. 21.
Variety
11 Oct 50
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Surrender," words and music by Jack Elliott and John Carroll.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Barton Woman
Release Date:
15 September 1950
Production Date:
late February--early April 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 October 1950
Copyright Number:
LP503
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,066
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14566
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Having left her husband, Henry Vaan, in a Houston jail, beautiful but unscrupulous Violet Barton, who is herself on the run from San Antonio authorities, settles with her sister Janet in the border town of La Mirada. While the hardworking Janet opens a women's shop, Violet charms blackjack dealer Wilbur into stealing money from his boss, gambler Greg De Laney, so that he can buy her a bracelet. When Greg arrives at her house, demanding the bracelet, Violet flirts with him. Janet, meanwhile, has caught the eye of Greg's longtime friend, newspaperman Johnny Hale. Janet falls in love with Johnny, but as soon as Violet finds out his family is the richest in Texas, she abandons Greg and turns her charm on Johnny. Violet, who believes she is divorced from Vaan, persuades the impressionable Johnny to elope with her, but is soon bored by married life and tries to rekindle her affair with Greg. The gambler, however, is loyal to Johnny and threatens to kill Violet if she does anything to hurt him. One day, Vaan, having been released from jail, shows up in La Mirada and, as he is still legally married to Violet, attempts to blackmail her. Violet lures Vaan into Greg's office and kills him. After Johnny is discovered over the body, he is arrested for murder by Sheriff William Howard. Johnny suspects that Greg murdered Vaan in order to protect him and refuses to talk, even to defend himself. Although he believes that Johnny is guilty, Greg helps him to break out of jail. When Greg arranges for Johnny to flee over the border ... +


Having left her husband, Henry Vaan, in a Houston jail, beautiful but unscrupulous Violet Barton, who is herself on the run from San Antonio authorities, settles with her sister Janet in the border town of La Mirada. While the hardworking Janet opens a women's shop, Violet charms blackjack dealer Wilbur into stealing money from his boss, gambler Greg De Laney, so that he can buy her a bracelet. When Greg arrives at her house, demanding the bracelet, Violet flirts with him. Janet, meanwhile, has caught the eye of Greg's longtime friend, newspaperman Johnny Hale. Janet falls in love with Johnny, but as soon as Violet finds out his family is the richest in Texas, she abandons Greg and turns her charm on Johnny. Violet, who believes she is divorced from Vaan, persuades the impressionable Johnny to elope with her, but is soon bored by married life and tries to rekindle her affair with Greg. The gambler, however, is loyal to Johnny and threatens to kill Violet if she does anything to hurt him. One day, Vaan, having been released from jail, shows up in La Mirada and, as he is still legally married to Violet, attempts to blackmail her. Violet lures Vaan into Greg's office and kills him. After Johnny is discovered over the body, he is arrested for murder by Sheriff William Howard. Johnny suspects that Greg murdered Vaan in order to protect him and refuses to talk, even to defend himself. Although he believes that Johnny is guilty, Greg helps him to break out of jail. When Greg arranges for Johnny to flee over the border with Violet, however, Johnny protests his innocence, and Violet finally confesses to the crime. Greg then forces Violet to escape with him, leaving Johnny to resume his romance with the still devoted Janet. The sheriff and his posse pursue Greg and Violet, killing them both. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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