Dark Mountain (1944)

56 mins | Drama | 1944

Director:

William Berke

Writer:

Maxwell Shane

Cinematographer:

Fred Jackman Jr.

Editor:

Henry Adams

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Pine-Thomas Productions
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Thunderbolt and Thunder Mountain . An Apr 1944 HR news item reported that actor Dick Purcell died of a heart attack shortly before he was to begin production on this ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Thunderbolt and Thunder Mountain . An Apr 1944 HR news item reported that actor Dick Purcell died of a heart attack shortly before he was to begin production on this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Sep 1944.
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Daily Variety
5 Sep 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Sep 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 44
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Aug 44
p. 2032.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 44
pp. 2089-90.
Variety
6 Sep 44
p. 10.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Thunder Mountain
Thunderbolt
Production Date:
began 13 April 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 November 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12961
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
5,081
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

As a forest fire rages, Forest Service ranger Don Bradley disobeys Chief Sanford's orders so that he can rescue two horses from a burning building. Don emerges safely, and later, he gets a promotion and is put in charge of the Dark Mountain district, while his friend Willie is appointed as his assistant. As soon as Don gets his first one-week furlough, he visits his longtime girl friend Kay. After Don proposes marriage, Kay reveals that she has recently married wholesaler Steve Downey. Don is disappointed by the news and returns to Dark Mountain immediately. Kay soon learns that her new husband is actually a black market profiteer. When government agent Dave Lewis comes to investigate Steve's operation, Steve's thug, Whitey, purposely drops a crate on him, and later deposits the body on the highway so his death will look like an accident. Kay is mortified to realize that she has married a racketeer and tries to leave Steve. He refuses to release her, however, and she is with him when he murders one of his own men, who is being questioned by the police. After the police shoot Whitey, Steve cold-bloodedly kills him and then escapes with Kay. Steve advises Kay that she will be implicated in the crimes, as her name is on his warehouse lease. He insists that they split up, and confused and frightened, Kay seeks out Don. Unaware of the murders, Don lets her stay at a cabin near his look-out station in the mountains until she is ready to turn herself in to the police. Steve follows Kay to the cabin and threatens to kill her ... +


As a forest fire rages, Forest Service ranger Don Bradley disobeys Chief Sanford's orders so that he can rescue two horses from a burning building. Don emerges safely, and later, he gets a promotion and is put in charge of the Dark Mountain district, while his friend Willie is appointed as his assistant. As soon as Don gets his first one-week furlough, he visits his longtime girl friend Kay. After Don proposes marriage, Kay reveals that she has recently married wholesaler Steve Downey. Don is disappointed by the news and returns to Dark Mountain immediately. Kay soon learns that her new husband is actually a black market profiteer. When government agent Dave Lewis comes to investigate Steve's operation, Steve's thug, Whitey, purposely drops a crate on him, and later deposits the body on the highway so his death will look like an accident. Kay is mortified to realize that she has married a racketeer and tries to leave Steve. He refuses to release her, however, and she is with him when he murders one of his own men, who is being questioned by the police. After the police shoot Whitey, Steve cold-bloodedly kills him and then escapes with Kay. Steve advises Kay that she will be implicated in the crimes, as her name is on his warehouse lease. He insists that they split up, and confused and frightened, Kay seeks out Don. Unaware of the murders, Don lets her stay at a cabin near his look-out station in the mountains until she is ready to turn herself in to the police. Steve follows Kay to the cabin and threatens to kill her and Don if she reveals his presence. While police throw out a dragnet to track down Steve and Kay, Don brings Kay food, but becomes increasingly suspicious that she is not alone. Finally convinced of Steve's presence, Don and Willie plan to draw Steve out of hiding without compromising Kay by sending out a fake message over the shortwave radio that police are closing in on Steve near the Mexican border. Hearing the report, Steve immediately leaves, but takes Kay hostage and escapes in Don's truck, which is loaded with dynamite. Willie's dog Luther chases the truck, leaps inside, and attacks Steve. After Kay and Luther jump out of the truck while it is still moving, Willie shoots out the tires. Steve crashes and dies in the ensuing explosion. Kay then happily reunites with Don. +

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