Fair Warning (1931)

62 mins | Western | 1 February 1931

Director:

Alfred Werker

Writer:

Cinematographer:

Ross Fisher

Editor:

Ralph Dietrich

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Max Brand's novel first appeared as a serial in All-Story Weekly (7 Dec 1918--11 Jan 1919). Fox filmed Brand's novel in 1920 as The Untamed , which was directed by Emmett J. Flynn and starred Tom Mix and Pauline Starke (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; ... More Less

Max Brand's novel first appeared as a serial in All-Story Weekly (7 Dec 1918--11 Jan 1919). Fox filmed Brand's novel in 1920 as The Untamed , which was directed by Emmett J. Flynn and starred Tom Mix and Pauline Starke (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4673). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Feb 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 30
p. 23.
Variety
11 Feb 31
p. 42.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Alfred L. Werker Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Untamed by Max Brand (New York, 1919).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 February 1931
Production Date:
21 July--late September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 December 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1909
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,600
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Whistling Dan Barry, a cowboy with an untamed heart and a love for all creatures, tames a beautiful wild stallion and frees a German Shephard dog caught in a steel trap. With "Black Bart" the dog following, Dan rides his new horse "Satan" home to the Cumberland ranch, where he has lived for ten years. Cumberland's daughter Kate berates Dan for staying away for so long, but nonetheless defends him when Cumberland insists that Black Bart be sent away. Cumberland relents, but explains to Kate that she should not give her heart to Dan, who has been wild himself since his family was lost in a flood ten years ago. Cumberland found young Dan roaming the wilderness alone, and he fears that Dan will never understand the treacherous ways of human beings. After Kate gives him the good news that Black Bart can stay, Dan goes to town, where he wins the bets testing his shooting ability offered by a boastful stranger, Jim Silent. They go to the bar, where Silent starts a fight with Dan, and during the confusion, Silent, Lee Haines and their gang steal the bar's till. Dan is knocked unconscious and in danger of being killed when the bar catches fire, but he is rescued by Satan and Black Bart. Everyone, including the gang, Kate and Cumberland, believes that Dan is dead, but, later that night, Dan's eerie whistling convinces the gang that he is still alive. Haines tries to use Kate as a lure to capture Dan the next day, but the scheme does not work, and Silent kidnaps her. Dan joins forces with Marshal Tex ... +


Whistling Dan Barry, a cowboy with an untamed heart and a love for all creatures, tames a beautiful wild stallion and frees a German Shephard dog caught in a steel trap. With "Black Bart" the dog following, Dan rides his new horse "Satan" home to the Cumberland ranch, where he has lived for ten years. Cumberland's daughter Kate berates Dan for staying away for so long, but nonetheless defends him when Cumberland insists that Black Bart be sent away. Cumberland relents, but explains to Kate that she should not give her heart to Dan, who has been wild himself since his family was lost in a flood ten years ago. Cumberland found young Dan roaming the wilderness alone, and he fears that Dan will never understand the treacherous ways of human beings. After Kate gives him the good news that Black Bart can stay, Dan goes to town, where he wins the bets testing his shooting ability offered by a boastful stranger, Jim Silent. They go to the bar, where Silent starts a fight with Dan, and during the confusion, Silent, Lee Haines and their gang steal the bar's till. Dan is knocked unconscious and in danger of being killed when the bar catches fire, but he is rescued by Satan and Black Bart. Everyone, including the gang, Kate and Cumberland, believes that Dan is dead, but, later that night, Dan's eerie whistling convinces the gang that he is still alive. Haines tries to use Kate as a lure to capture Dan the next day, but the scheme does not work, and Silent kidnaps her. Dan joins forces with Marshal Tex Calder, who deputizes him, and the pair trace the gang to the Elkhead Hotel, where Silent shoots and kills Calder. Dan captures Haines and puts him in jail, where he is in danger of being lynched by the irate citizens. Silent orders Kate to convince Dan to free Haines and threatens to kill her father if she does not succeed. Dan arrives at the hideout, where Kate begs him to free Haines for her sake because she is in love with him. Dan is crushed but agrees to do as she wishes, and soon has Haines back at the hideout. Haines, who is in love with Kate, is upset to hear that her declarations of love for him were only a ploy, but he resolves to make good by helping her and Cumberland escape. Dan enters as Haines and Silent begin a shootout, and after Silent escapes, Haines tells Dan about Kate's true feelings before he dies. Silent rides to town, where Dan has posted a sign stating that he will come for him at eleven o'clock. Dan finds Silent, and despite his attempt to cheat during their duel, Dan outdraws him. The sheriff tries to arrest Dan for killing Silent, but Dan reveals that he is Calder's deputy, after which he is reunited with Kate. +

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