The Nevadan (1950)

80-81 mins | Western | February 1950

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Lawless . The stagecoach robbery takes place during the opening credits. Contemporary reviews state that the film was shot in color using the Cinecolor process, but the viewed print was in black and white and included no credit for color process. Some scenes were shot on location at Lone Pine and Hidden Valley, ... More Less

The film's working title was Lawless . The stagecoach robbery takes place during the opening credits. Contemporary reviews state that the film was shot in color using the Cinecolor process, but the viewed print was in black and white and included no credit for color process. Some scenes were shot on location at Lone Pine and Hidden Valley, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jan 1950.
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Daily Variety
4 Jan 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Jan 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 50
p. 3, 13
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Jan 50
p. 169.
New York Times
13 Jan 50
p. 19.
Variety
11 Jan 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Scott Brown Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lawless
Release Date:
February 1950
Production Date:
13 April--11 May 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2828
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Length(in feet):
7,276
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After stealing a shipment of gold from a stagecoach, outlaw Tom Tanner is captured but escapes as he is being taken to jail. Tanner is followed by a man named Andy Barkley, whose style of dress suggests that he is a greenhorn. Tanner ambushes Barkley and forces him to trade clothes and accompany him to a bank, where Tanner removes an envelope from a safe deposit box containing a map to the stolen gold. On the road again, Tanner and Barkley are stopped by brothers Jeff and Bart, who demand the envelope at gunpoint. Unexpectedly, Barkley disarms the brothers and takes their horses. Barkley then explains that he is a fugitive just like Tanner and suggests that they join forces, but while Barkley sleeps, Tanner rides on without him. The following day, Barkley stops at a ranch run by Karen Galt and trades his lame horse for another, then heads for the nearby town of Twin Forks, which is run by Karen's father, Edward Galt. Barkley finds Tanner in the local saloon, but Tanner pretends not to know him. Their exchange piques Galt's interest, however, and he questions Barkley about Tanner's gold, which was not discovered after the robbery. When Barkley denies all knowledge of Tanner, Galt orders his henchmen, Jeff, Bart and Sandy, to beat him. That night, after Tanner kills an intruder in his room, Galt makes it look like cold-blooded murder to force him to reveal the gold's hiding place. Barkley later helps Tanner escape from jail in exchange for a share of the gold. The two men hide out on the old Galt ranch, which ... +


After stealing a shipment of gold from a stagecoach, outlaw Tom Tanner is captured but escapes as he is being taken to jail. Tanner is followed by a man named Andy Barkley, whose style of dress suggests that he is a greenhorn. Tanner ambushes Barkley and forces him to trade clothes and accompany him to a bank, where Tanner removes an envelope from a safe deposit box containing a map to the stolen gold. On the road again, Tanner and Barkley are stopped by brothers Jeff and Bart, who demand the envelope at gunpoint. Unexpectedly, Barkley disarms the brothers and takes their horses. Barkley then explains that he is a fugitive just like Tanner and suggests that they join forces, but while Barkley sleeps, Tanner rides on without him. The following day, Barkley stops at a ranch run by Karen Galt and trades his lame horse for another, then heads for the nearby town of Twin Forks, which is run by Karen's father, Edward Galt. Barkley finds Tanner in the local saloon, but Tanner pretends not to know him. Their exchange piques Galt's interest, however, and he questions Barkley about Tanner's gold, which was not discovered after the robbery. When Barkley denies all knowledge of Tanner, Galt orders his henchmen, Jeff, Bart and Sandy, to beat him. That night, after Tanner kills an intruder in his room, Galt makes it look like cold-blooded murder to force him to reveal the gold's hiding place. Barkley later helps Tanner escape from jail in exchange for a share of the gold. The two men hide out on the old Galt ranch, which is now being used as a pasture for sick horses. When Karen discovers them there, Barkley is forced to disclose to her that he is a U.S. Marshal. Recognizing Tanner and Barkley's escape horses as belonging to his ranch, Galt later questions Karen about them, and she reveals Barkley's secret, not knowing that her father is after the gold himself. When Karen overhears Galt plotting with Jeff, Bart and Sandy, however, she realizes that Barkley's life is in danger and rides to the hideout to warn him. She is followed by one of Galt's men, who summons the others to the old ranch, and Karen meets them with gunfire, which gives Barkley and Tanner a head start. When Galt discovers Karen, he places her in Sandy's custody and, together with Jeff and Bart, tracks Barkley and Tanner. Galt and his men trail Tanner and Barkley to an old mine shaft where Tanner has hidden the stolen gold. During the ensuing gunfight, Galt and his men are killed. Barkley reveals that Tanner was allowed to escape so that the gold could be retrieved. When the mine shaft then caves in, Barkley overcomes Tanner. Barkley takes his prisoner back to jail, but Karen knows he will return because he has left his horse in her care. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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