Arizona Raiders (1965)

88 mins | Western | August 1965

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HISTORY

According to a 4 Dec 1964 DV production chart, principal photography began 30 Nov 1964. Two months later, the 5 Feb 1965 DV noted composer Richard LaSalle’s recent trip to Tucson, AZ, to research Native American music for use in his score.
       Arizona Raiders opened in Los Angeles, CA, during late Aug 1965, as indicated by 25 Aug 1965 LAT theater listings. A 21 Jul 1965 DV review praised the cast, the director, and especially the screenwriters, who made the unusual choice of portraying Native Americans as protagonists. The picture continued in release through the next two years, based on 23 Aug 1967 Var box office reports.
       An advertisement in the 24 Jun 1936 DV revealed that co-star Larry “Buster” Crabbe also appeared in the 1936 western, The Arizona Raiders (see entry). Despite having nearly identical titles, there was no similarity between the two films.
       Various sources state that location scenes were filmed in Phoenix, AZ. The Texas Rangers (1951, see entry) was used as source material. The screenplay was written by Richard Schayer, from an original story by Frank ... More Less

According to a 4 Dec 1964 DV production chart, principal photography began 30 Nov 1964. Two months later, the 5 Feb 1965 DV noted composer Richard LaSalle’s recent trip to Tucson, AZ, to research Native American music for use in his score.
       Arizona Raiders opened in Los Angeles, CA, during late Aug 1965, as indicated by 25 Aug 1965 LAT theater listings. A 21 Jul 1965 DV review praised the cast, the director, and especially the screenwriters, who made the unusual choice of portraying Native Americans as protagonists. The picture continued in release through the next two years, based on 23 Aug 1967 Var box office reports.
       An advertisement in the 24 Jun 1936 DV revealed that co-star Larry “Buster” Crabbe also appeared in the 1936 western, The Arizona Raiders (see entry). Despite having nearly identical titles, there was no similarity between the two films.
       Various sources state that location scenes were filmed in Phoenix, AZ. The Texas Rangers (1951, see entry) was used as source material. The screenplay was written by Richard Schayer, from an original story by Frank Gruber. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Jun 1936
p. 5.
Daily Variety
4 Dec 1964
p. 8.
Daily Variety
5 Feb 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Jul 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
25 Aug 1965
Section D, p. 14.
Variety
1 Sep 1965
p. 22.
Variety
3 Nov 1965
p. 13.
Variety
23 Aug 1967
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd supv
Sd ed
Music ed
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Prop master
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1965
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: late August 1965
Production Date:
began 30 November 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Admiral Pictures
Copyright Date:
1 May 1965
Copyright Number:
LP30823
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastmancolor, print by Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
88
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Clint, a Confederate Army hero whose parents were murdered by carpetbaggers after the Civil War, has joined Quantrell's Raiders, a group of guerrillas. After Quantrell is killed, Clint and his friend Willie Martin are captured by Union troops led by Captain Andrews, and they are sentenced to 20 years at hard labor. Andrews is subsequently appointed to lead the newly-formed Arizona Rangers in hunting down remnants of Quantrell's band who have attacked a peaceful Yaqui Indian village and abducted Martina, the chief's daughter. Andrews arranges for Clint and Willie to escape and promises them an unconditional pardon if they will help him round up the outlaws. Clint agrees to the scheme because he wants to take revenge on an old enemy, Montana, who now leads the raiders. Clint tracks Montana to the Indian village and kills him, but he decides to abandon his escape to Mexico when he learns that the gang has killed his younger brother and Willie. Clint returns, and with the help of Captain Andrews and a group of Indian braves he destroys the rest of the gang, rescuing Martina. The mission complete, he embarks on a career as an Arizona ... +


Clint, a Confederate Army hero whose parents were murdered by carpetbaggers after the Civil War, has joined Quantrell's Raiders, a group of guerrillas. After Quantrell is killed, Clint and his friend Willie Martin are captured by Union troops led by Captain Andrews, and they are sentenced to 20 years at hard labor. Andrews is subsequently appointed to lead the newly-formed Arizona Rangers in hunting down remnants of Quantrell's band who have attacked a peaceful Yaqui Indian village and abducted Martina, the chief's daughter. Andrews arranges for Clint and Willie to escape and promises them an unconditional pardon if they will help him round up the outlaws. Clint agrees to the scheme because he wants to take revenge on an old enemy, Montana, who now leads the raiders. Clint tracks Montana to the Indian village and kills him, but he decides to abandon his escape to Mexico when he learns that the gang has killed his younger brother and Willie. Clint returns, and with the help of Captain Andrews and a group of Indian braves he destroys the rest of the gang, rescuing Martina. The mission complete, he embarks on a career as an Arizona Ranger. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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