Barricade (1950)

75 mins | Western | 1950

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Producer:

Saul Elkins

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The first reel of the film was missing from the viewed print. A 15 Mar 1949 HR news item notes that Claude Rains was cast in the film, but he does not ... More Less

The first reel of the film was missing from the viewed print. A 15 Mar 1949 HR news item notes that Claude Rains was cast in the film, but he does not appear. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
7 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Mar 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Mar 50
pp. 221-22.
New York Times
25 Mar 50
p. 8.
Variety
8 Mar 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Props
Asst props
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Head grip
Best boy
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Production Date:
mid April--mid May 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2951
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in feet):
6,771
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a wagon carrying Aubrey Milburn and fugitive Judith Burns overturns in the desert, the injured passengers are brought to Boss Kruger's gold mine, thirty-five miles from the nearest town. Judith is badly hurt, but Kruger advises Milburn that despite his broken ankle, he will be expected to work for his keep. Later, Milburn witnesses a fistfight between Kruger and Bob Peters, another new arrival, when Peters refuses to work with explosives. Milburn learns that the mine is staffed with fugitives and criminals, whom the brutal Kruger keeps virtual prisoners. When Milburn questions the men, however, they reveal nothing. One night, pretending to clean, Milburn searches Kruger's room. Kruger comes in unexpectedly, but rather than punishing Milburn, initiates a discussion of power and evil. When Kruger learns that Judith is dying, he challenges Milburn to save her life, but adds that if Judith recovers, he will send her back to prison. Despite his conflicting feelings, Milburn, aided by Peters, tends to Judith's wounds. Moved by Milburn's actions, the judge, a drunken reprobate, throws out his liquor and prays for her recovery. After Judith recuperates, she begs Kruger not to send her back to town, and his callous response leads to another fight between Peters and Kruger. Later, the judge begs Kruger for a chance to help the other men reform. Kruger allows it, but after the judge's impassioned speech, Kruger eggs the men to attack and ridicule the judge, who then tells everyone that Kruger murdered his own brother in order to keep the mine for himself. The judge adds that Kruger's nephew Clay has vowed to ... +


When a wagon carrying Aubrey Milburn and fugitive Judith Burns overturns in the desert, the injured passengers are brought to Boss Kruger's gold mine, thirty-five miles from the nearest town. Judith is badly hurt, but Kruger advises Milburn that despite his broken ankle, he will be expected to work for his keep. Later, Milburn witnesses a fistfight between Kruger and Bob Peters, another new arrival, when Peters refuses to work with explosives. Milburn learns that the mine is staffed with fugitives and criminals, whom the brutal Kruger keeps virtual prisoners. When Milburn questions the men, however, they reveal nothing. One night, pretending to clean, Milburn searches Kruger's room. Kruger comes in unexpectedly, but rather than punishing Milburn, initiates a discussion of power and evil. When Kruger learns that Judith is dying, he challenges Milburn to save her life, but adds that if Judith recovers, he will send her back to prison. Despite his conflicting feelings, Milburn, aided by Peters, tends to Judith's wounds. Moved by Milburn's actions, the judge, a drunken reprobate, throws out his liquor and prays for her recovery. After Judith recuperates, she begs Kruger not to send her back to town, and his callous response leads to another fight between Peters and Kruger. Later, the judge begs Kruger for a chance to help the other men reform. Kruger allows it, but after the judge's impassioned speech, Kruger eggs the men to attack and ridicule the judge, who then tells everyone that Kruger murdered his own brother in order to keep the mine for himself. The judge adds that Kruger's nephew Clay has vowed to avenge his father and that all of Kruger's men will be expected to fight on Kruger's side when Clay arrives. At the end of his speech, the judge kills himself. Some time later, Peters sets off a blast in the mine that is intended to kill Kruger, but, unknown to the other men, the blast merely traps him. While Kruger digs his way out, the men, believing that he is dead, celebrate. Peters and Judith take one of the wagons, hoping to cross the nearby desert and start a new life. Milburn reveals to the men that he is Clay's lawyer and is looking for evidence against Kruger. When Kruger suddenly appears after digging his way out of the mine, Tippy, one of the miners, reveals Milburn's identity to Kruger and also betrays Peters. Kruger then offers all the miners shares in the gold and allows them to beat up Tippy as a traitor. When Clay arrives at the mine with his men, a gunfight breaks out. Meanwhile, Judith and Peters are forced to return when they discover that Kruger had salted the water bags on the wagon. When Judith and Peters arrive at the mine, they find that it has burned down, Clay is dead and Milburn is badly injured. Kruger, however, has survived. During an ensuing fight between Kruger and Peters, the mine collapses, killing Kruger. Judith, Milburn and Peters then leave together for town, planning to make their amends to society. +

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