Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)

74 mins | Western | January 1949

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Production Designer:

Theobold Holsopple

Production Company:

Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Last of the Badmen . Although the screen credits list Jack Glass and Jack Shaw as the special effects directors, Allied Artists' production sheet lists Max Luttenberg instead. Voice-over narration is heard briefly at the beginning of the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Last of the Badmen . Although the screen credits list Jack Glass and Jack Shaw as the special effects directors, Allied Artists' production sheet lists Max Luttenberg instead. Voice-over narration is heard briefly at the beginning of the picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Dec 1948.
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Daily Variety
13 Dec 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Dec 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 48
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Oct 48
p. 4335.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Dec 48
p. 4425.
New York Times
5 Mar 49
p. 10.
Variety
9 Mar 49
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A King Bros Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Music ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Sd tech
Sd tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Dialogue coach
Tech adv
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Last of the Badmen: The Legend of Tom Horn by Jay Monaghan (New York, 1946).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Girl on the Flying Trapeze," words and music by Kurt Neumann and Clarence Marks.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Last of the Badmen
Release Date:
January 1949
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Oklahoma City: 26 January 1949
Production Date:
17685
Copyright Claimant:
Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 December 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2109
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,660
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13313
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

During the Gold Rush era, loner Tom Horn enters the Gold City Palace saloon and joins a poker game. When he loses $200, the crooked dealer, Blackie, takes Tom's horse and gun. Tom tries to steal the $200 but is caught and thrown in jail with the rough William Morgan. Tom sees three men outside the jail, and deducing that they are Morgan's gang, decides that if he can stick with them, he can escape. Morgan grudgingly allows Tom to join his gang, which includes his sidekicks John Mingo, Red Fisk and Curly. After narrowly evading a posse, the men head for Leadville, a wealthy but lawless Colorado mining town. At their camp, Tom proves his gunslinging talents and then goes into town alone to get some money. That night, his robbery of the Blue Goose Mining Company wins him the second-in-command spot in the gang. In town the next day, Tom bumps into Julie, the Blue Goose bookkeeper he robbed. Although she recognizes him, she deliberately misleads the sheriff and asks Tom to call on her. A few nights later, the gang robs a train and stores the loot in an abandoned mine shaft. The sheriff assembles a large posse, while Tom and Julie spend the night talking. A few months later, Julie urges Tom to marry her, and he agrees that within two weeks he will collect the money Morgan owes him and take her to San Francisco. The miners, meanwhile, have slowed down the gang by melting the silver into thousand-pound bricks, and when no one can think of a way to steal the heavy bars, Tom goes to the mining company to get inside information. ... +


During the Gold Rush era, loner Tom Horn enters the Gold City Palace saloon and joins a poker game. When he loses $200, the crooked dealer, Blackie, takes Tom's horse and gun. Tom tries to steal the $200 but is caught and thrown in jail with the rough William Morgan. Tom sees three men outside the jail, and deducing that they are Morgan's gang, decides that if he can stick with them, he can escape. Morgan grudgingly allows Tom to join his gang, which includes his sidekicks John Mingo, Red Fisk and Curly. After narrowly evading a posse, the men head for Leadville, a wealthy but lawless Colorado mining town. At their camp, Tom proves his gunslinging talents and then goes into town alone to get some money. That night, his robbery of the Blue Goose Mining Company wins him the second-in-command spot in the gang. In town the next day, Tom bumps into Julie, the Blue Goose bookkeeper he robbed. Although she recognizes him, she deliberately misleads the sheriff and asks Tom to call on her. A few nights later, the gang robs a train and stores the loot in an abandoned mine shaft. The sheriff assembles a large posse, while Tom and Julie spend the night talking. A few months later, Julie urges Tom to marry her, and he agrees that within two weeks he will collect the money Morgan owes him and take her to San Francisco. The miners, meanwhile, have slowed down the gang by melting the silver into thousand-pound bricks, and when no one can think of a way to steal the heavy bars, Tom goes to the mining company to get inside information. Trusting Tom, the foreman tips him off about pounds of gold dust that are mined at the same time as the silver and taken to the Leadville bank by the miners. Tom leads the gang on an ambush and, after they collect the gold, they spread out in five different directions in order to elude the posse. When Curly is shot by the sheriff, however, he reveals the names of the other men. The gang meets up one week later in Tombstone, an operational base for outlaws throughout the West. Tom angers Morgan by bringing Julie, his new wife, but Julie soon convinces Tom to quit the gang. Morgan and Mingo, however, hatch a plan to kill Tom and Red and divide the still-hidden loot between the two of them. That night Mingo murders Red but as he sneaks into Tom's room, an alert Tom shoots him through the door. Tom follows Morgan to the mine, shoots him and takes Morgan's horse, which is loaded with money. In town, a man recognizes his stolen horse and gathers his friends to confront Tom. When Tom pulls his guns, he is shot and the last of the bad men is killed. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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