Susanna Pass (1949)

67 mins | Western | 29 April 1949

Director:

William Witney

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 May 1949.
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Daily Variety
2 May 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
3 May 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 49
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 May 49
p. 4598.
Variety
4 May 49
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Brush Those Tears from Your Eyes," music and lyrics by Oakley Haldeman, Al Trace and Jimmy Lee
"A Good, Good Mornin,'" music and lyrics by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
"Two-Gun Rita" and "Susanna Pass," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 April 1949
Production Date:
mid January--early February 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2293
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13688
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At a state game preserve for animals, two escaped convicts, oil engineer Del Roberts and Bob Oliver, kill a fawn for food. Meanwhile, from their lookout station at Susanna Pass, Foy Willing and his men spot the convicts' campfire and sound the alarm. While game warden Roy Rogers organizes the fire fighters, Roberts stabs Oliver and escapes in a wagon. After the fire is put out, Roy notices the wagon tracks and then finds the deserted wagon, which he recognizes as belonging to the state penitentiary. In town, meanwhile, Roberts tells newspaper editor Martin Masters that now that Martin's nephew, Oliver, is dead, Martin will need a new partner. When Martin agrees, Roberts shows him a map revealing rich oil deposits underneath a fish hatchery lake owned by Martin's brother Russell. Meanwhile, Roy tells cook Carlos Mendoza that Sheriff Murphy has asked Roy to take over his duties while he recovers from a broken leg. Later, Roy and Carlos see Kay "Doc" Parker fishing without a license, she explains that she is an ichthyologist who is working for Russell. To determine seismologically the exact location of the oil, Roberts, meanwhile, detonates a bomb underneath the lake. Roy and his men feel the blast and chase Roberts and Martin, who escape in their truck. The saboteurs dive out of the truck before it sinks into the lake and explodes, killing most of Russell's fish. Although he is worried that he may lose his lucrative state contract, Russell rejects Martin's suggestion that he sell his hatchery. When Martin explains that Russell has refused to sell, Roberts suggests murder so that he can ... +


At a state game preserve for animals, two escaped convicts, oil engineer Del Roberts and Bob Oliver, kill a fawn for food. Meanwhile, from their lookout station at Susanna Pass, Foy Willing and his men spot the convicts' campfire and sound the alarm. While game warden Roy Rogers organizes the fire fighters, Roberts stabs Oliver and escapes in a wagon. After the fire is put out, Roy notices the wagon tracks and then finds the deserted wagon, which he recognizes as belonging to the state penitentiary. In town, meanwhile, Roberts tells newspaper editor Martin Masters that now that Martin's nephew, Oliver, is dead, Martin will need a new partner. When Martin agrees, Roberts shows him a map revealing rich oil deposits underneath a fish hatchery lake owned by Martin's brother Russell. Meanwhile, Roy tells cook Carlos Mendoza that Sheriff Murphy has asked Roy to take over his duties while he recovers from a broken leg. Later, Roy and Carlos see Kay "Doc" Parker fishing without a license, she explains that she is an ichthyologist who is working for Russell. To determine seismologically the exact location of the oil, Roberts, meanwhile, detonates a bomb underneath the lake. Roy and his men feel the blast and chase Roberts and Martin, who escape in their truck. The saboteurs dive out of the truck before it sinks into the lake and explodes, killing most of Russell's fish. Although he is worried that he may lose his lucrative state contract, Russell rejects Martin's suggestion that he sell his hatchery. When Martin explains that Russell has refused to sell, Roberts suggests murder so that he can inherit the land. After Martin's henchman, Vince, harasses Carlos' daughter Rita, Roy punches him. Knowing that Russell cannot swim, Martin waits until Russell takes his boat out onto the lake and blasts holes in it, causing Russell to drown. Despite the fact that Roy and his men recover the boat and find the bullet holes, a court inquiry finds Russell's death to be accident. When Russell's lawyer reveals that his will was altered just before the murder, leaving the hatchery to Doc, Roy accuses her of being involved in Russell's death. Doc's alibi, Walter P. Johnson, who is actually Roberts, refuses to vouch for her whereabouts, so Roy arrests her for murder while telling her that he knows that she is innocent. After Rita releases Doc from jail, they tell Roy about the oil deposits which they have just discovered. Having recovered from his stab wound, Oliver suddenly appears and takes Doc hostage at gunpoint. He insists that Roy accompany him to the lake, and there pulls his gun on Roberts. Roy chases Roberts to the hatchery, where he asks a bird named Jim to show him where Roberts is hiding. After Jim flutters over to Robert's hiding place and lands on his head, Roberts is arrested. The remaining outlaws are then arrested, and Doc decides to stay on at the fish hatchery. +

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