Dangerous Venture (1947)

59 mins | Western | 23 May 1947

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writer:

Doris Schroeder

Producer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Editor:

Fred W. Berger

Production Designer:

Harvey T. Gillett
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HISTORY

Some of this film's scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990. ...

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Some of this film's scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Mar 1947
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Daily Variety
17 Feb 1947
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Film Daily
25 Feb 1947
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 1946
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 1947
p. 3
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 May 1947
Production Date:
began late Jul 1946
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Hopalong Cassidy Productions, Inc.
23 May 1947
LP1013
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in feet):
5,335
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12177
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

José, a young Talnec Indian, is accused of rustling by ranchers Dan Morgan and Bill Kane, and is rescued by rancher Hopalong Cassidy and his partners, California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins. In reality, Morgan's men have been rustling local cattle while dressed as Indians, and Morgan has been blaming the crimes on an elusive band of Indians, called "ghost" Indians, who live a secluded life on a mesa. In town, Hoppy meets young Dr. Sue Harmon, an archaeologist who has come to study artifacts of the Talnecs to prove her father's theory that they are direct descendents of the Aztecs. With Sue is Dr. Grimes Atwood, who is leading the exhibition into the Talnec territory. Because Hoppy gives his word that white men will not touch the sacred Talnec burial grounds, which are filled with invaluable treasures, Xeoli, the tribal chief and José's grandfather, agrees to let the expedition take place. Morgan refuses to let the archaeologists pass through his ranch, until Atwood learns from Hoppy that he is behind the rustling and makes a pact with Morgan to protect him if he will help him ravage the burial grounds. In order to distract Hoppy, Sue and the others while he rustles a herd through the hills, Morgan stages an Indian raid in which the expedition's camp is set on fire. Hoppy sees Atwood flee before the raid, and becomes suspicious of him. While searching for the burial grounds, Morgan and Atwood see José, who realizes what they are doing, and Morgan shoots him to prevent him from warning the other Indians. Xeoli mistakenly believes that Hoppy is responsible for wounding his grandson and ...

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José, a young Talnec Indian, is accused of rustling by ranchers Dan Morgan and Bill Kane, and is rescued by rancher Hopalong Cassidy and his partners, California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins. In reality, Morgan's men have been rustling local cattle while dressed as Indians, and Morgan has been blaming the crimes on an elusive band of Indians, called "ghost" Indians, who live a secluded life on a mesa. In town, Hoppy meets young Dr. Sue Harmon, an archaeologist who has come to study artifacts of the Talnecs to prove her father's theory that they are direct descendents of the Aztecs. With Sue is Dr. Grimes Atwood, who is leading the exhibition into the Talnec territory. Because Hoppy gives his word that white men will not touch the sacred Talnec burial grounds, which are filled with invaluable treasures, Xeoli, the tribal chief and José's grandfather, agrees to let the expedition take place. Morgan refuses to let the archaeologists pass through his ranch, until Atwood learns from Hoppy that he is behind the rustling and makes a pact with Morgan to protect him if he will help him ravage the burial grounds. In order to distract Hoppy, Sue and the others while he rustles a herd through the hills, Morgan stages an Indian raid in which the expedition's camp is set on fire. Hoppy sees Atwood flee before the raid, and becomes suspicious of him. While searching for the burial grounds, Morgan and Atwood see José, who realizes what they are doing, and Morgan shoots him to prevent him from warning the other Indians. Xeoli mistakenly believes that Hoppy is responsible for wounding his grandson and betraying the tribe, but José makes an oath on his life that Hoppy is their friend. The oath requires a human sacrifice by fire if José is wrong, and Xeoli decides to make Hoppy take José's place as the sacrificial victim. Hoppy peacefully disarms Xeoli, however, and refuses to accompany him back to the ritual site, and so Xeoli decides to take José's place himself. Although José maintains that Morgan is the one who shot him, his sister Talu lures California, whom she believes to be Hoppy, back to the Indian camp for the sacrifice. Meanwhile, as Hoppy attempts to stop Morgan and Atwood from robbing the graves, the Indians prepare to burn California. Hoppy comes to the rescue in time, and engages in a gunfight with Morgan and his men. Atwood is killed while trying to steal from the Indians' altar and falls into the fire pit. Hoppy and Lucky bring down the gang, and Lucky, who has been made a deputy, arrests Morgan. On Hoppy's advice, the Talnecs then move off the mesa to live in the valley with the white man.

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