Albuquerque (1948)

89-90 mins | Western | 20 February 1948

Director:

Ray Enright

Cinematographer:

Fred Jackman Jr.

Editor:

Howard Smith

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Clarion Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dead Freight for Piute . Executive producers William H. Pine and William C. Thomas formed their own production company, Clarion Productions, at the time this film was made. According to HR news items, actress Barbara Britton filed suit against Paramount, claiming that she was "promised a co-star billing, but was only featured." She later withdrew the lawsuit. Portions of the film were shot in Sedona, AZ, and in various locations in ... More Less

The working title of this film was Dead Freight for Piute . Executive producers William H. Pine and William C. Thomas formed their own production company, Clarion Productions, at the time this film was made. According to HR news items, actress Barbara Britton filed suit against Paramount, claiming that she was "promised a co-star billing, but was only featured." She later withdrew the lawsuit. Portions of the film were shot in Sedona, AZ, and in various locations in California. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Jan 1948.
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Daily Variety
20 Jan 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Jan 48
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 47
p. 50.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 48
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Jan 48
p. 4030.
New York Times
2 Mar 1947.
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New York Times
1 Mar 48
p. 17.
Variety
21 Jan 48
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Supv of cost for Miss Britton and Miss Craig
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus score
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
Prod mgr
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Cinecolor dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dead Freight for Piute by Luke Short (Garden City, NY, 1940).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Oh! Susanna" and "De Camptown Races," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dead Freight for Piute
Release Date:
20 February 1948
Premiere Information:
Albuquerque, NM premiere: 2 February 1948
Los Angeles opening: 19 February 1948
Production Date:
mid January--mid March 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 February 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1473
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in feet):
8,080
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12428
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1878, when a stagecoach en route to Albuquerque, New Mexico, is ambushed, one man is killed, and passenger Celia Wallace is robbed of ten thousand dollars. Passenger Cole Armin fights the assailants, then saves a little girl named Myrtle Walton from the runaway coach. In town, when Celia and her brother Ted realize Cole is the nephew of John Armin, who has been bankrupting his freight competitors by nefarious means, they snub him. Cole demands the Wallaces' money from Armin, and has his uncle's henchman, Jackson, arrested for the stagecoach murder. Cole then returns the money to the Wallaces, and becomes business partners with Ted. After Jackson threatens to expose Armin, Sheriff Linton, whom Armin controls, allows Jackson to escape so that Armin's henchman, Steve Murkil, can kill him. Later, Armin hires Letty Tyler to spy on Cole and Ted and, using her information, attempts to sabotage their shipments by blowing up one of their contract mines and shooting Ted in the leg. Furious about being used as an accomplice in attempted murder, Letty confronts Armin, then leaves her gloves in his office. Cole finds the gloves and confronts Letty at the same time that Armin burns his own office to frame Cole for arson. The sheriff arrests Cole, and at his trial, Letty testifies that Cole was at her house when the fire occurred. Letty's confession causes Celia, who has since become engaged to Cole, to refuse to marry him. Cole is acquitted, but the judge places him and Armin under a peace order, so that when Murkil attacks Cole, he must risk arrest to defend himself. Letty, however, ... +


In 1878, when a stagecoach en route to Albuquerque, New Mexico, is ambushed, one man is killed, and passenger Celia Wallace is robbed of ten thousand dollars. Passenger Cole Armin fights the assailants, then saves a little girl named Myrtle Walton from the runaway coach. In town, when Celia and her brother Ted realize Cole is the nephew of John Armin, who has been bankrupting his freight competitors by nefarious means, they snub him. Cole demands the Wallaces' money from Armin, and has his uncle's henchman, Jackson, arrested for the stagecoach murder. Cole then returns the money to the Wallaces, and becomes business partners with Ted. After Jackson threatens to expose Armin, Sheriff Linton, whom Armin controls, allows Jackson to escape so that Armin's henchman, Steve Murkil, can kill him. Later, Armin hires Letty Tyler to spy on Cole and Ted and, using her information, attempts to sabotage their shipments by blowing up one of their contract mines and shooting Ted in the leg. Furious about being used as an accomplice in attempted murder, Letty confronts Armin, then leaves her gloves in his office. Cole finds the gloves and confronts Letty at the same time that Armin burns his own office to frame Cole for arson. The sheriff arrests Cole, and at his trial, Letty testifies that Cole was at her house when the fire occurred. Letty's confession causes Celia, who has since become engaged to Cole, to refuse to marry him. Cole is acquitted, but the judge places him and Armin under a peace order, so that when Murkil attacks Cole, he must risk arrest to defend himself. Letty, however, threatens to expose Armin if he has Cole arrested. While Cole joins his sidekick, Juke, in the dangerous climb to a mountain-top mine, Letty exonerates Cole with Celia and Ted. Celia then races to warn Cole that per Armin's orders, Matt Wayne and his gang of killers are waiting to ambush him in town. Later, while executing the dangerous descent from the mountain, Cole nearly sends Juke and his mules to their deaths because of a break that had been tampered with by Armin's gang. When Cole and Juke arrive in town, a shootout begins, during which Cole shoots the sheriff and Murkil, and Juke is shot in the hand. The U.S. Cavalry arrives in time to end the gunfight, and Armin is shot dead in the mêlée. Later, Juke, who resisted marriage to Pearl, the town barber, because she wanted to cut off his beard, finally agrees to a shave. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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