Sunset in the West (1950)

67 mins | Western | 25 September 1950

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Sunset in the Sierras , which was also the title of another 1950 Roy Rogers picture (see above). Although reviews list Paul E. Burns's character name as "Blink," he is called "Blinky" in the ... More Less

The working title for this film was Sunset in the Sierras , which was also the title of another 1950 Roy Rogers picture (see above). Although reviews list Paul E. Burns's character name as "Blink," he is called "Blinky" in the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Sep 1950.
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Daily Variety
22 Sep 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Sep 50
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Sep 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Sep 50
p. 502.
Variety
27 Sep 50
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Trucolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sunset in the West," music and lyrics by Foy Willing, Spanish lyrics by Aaron Gonzales
"Rollin' Wheels" and "When a Pretty Girl Passes By," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 September 1950
Production Date:
18323
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 October 1950
Copyright Number:
LP449
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,993
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14502
SYNOPSIS

When California sheriff Tad Osborne and his men are sent to investigate a train which an outlaw gang hijacked and then accidentally wrecked, they discover the train's cache of smuggled guns. Some weeks later, rancher and former deputy sheriff Roy Rogers waits to load his cattle onto another train, but it speeds past without stopping. Roy follows the train on his horse Trigger, jumps aboard, wrestles with one of the hijackers and is tossed from the train. He then heads for the jail in nearby Bordertown, where his friend Tad faces a mob of angry citizens complaining about the smugglers. When Tad expresses his concern that he may be voted out of office in the upcoming election, Roy promises to help him. Meanwhile, at the cantina, a Mexican American singer named Carmelita notices two suspicious-looking patrons, smugglers John and Walter Kimball. After she rushes outside to look for Splinters, a deputy, Roy wanders into the cantina. A few minutes later, Splinters enters with his dog Sherlock, mistakes two other patrons for the smugglers and begins accusing them in a loud voice. The real smugglers creep out quietly, but are followed by Roy and Sherlock. While Sherlock growls and tries to bite John, Roy fights with Walter. John then brutally wounds Sherlock and escapes, after which Roy arrests Walter. Later, Roy surmises that the smugglers have been transporting the guns to a deserted beach, where they are subsequently picked up by Mexico-bound boats. At the jail, after Splinters shaves off Walter's beard, Roy recognizes him as a wanted man. Just then, the gang bursts in and frees Walter, after ... +


When California sheriff Tad Osborne and his men are sent to investigate a train which an outlaw gang hijacked and then accidentally wrecked, they discover the train's cache of smuggled guns. Some weeks later, rancher and former deputy sheriff Roy Rogers waits to load his cattle onto another train, but it speeds past without stopping. Roy follows the train on his horse Trigger, jumps aboard, wrestles with one of the hijackers and is tossed from the train. He then heads for the jail in nearby Bordertown, where his friend Tad faces a mob of angry citizens complaining about the smugglers. When Tad expresses his concern that he may be voted out of office in the upcoming election, Roy promises to help him. Meanwhile, at the cantina, a Mexican American singer named Carmelita notices two suspicious-looking patrons, smugglers John and Walter Kimball. After she rushes outside to look for Splinters, a deputy, Roy wanders into the cantina. A few minutes later, Splinters enters with his dog Sherlock, mistakes two other patrons for the smugglers and begins accusing them in a loud voice. The real smugglers creep out quietly, but are followed by Roy and Sherlock. While Sherlock growls and tries to bite John, Roy fights with Walter. John then brutally wounds Sherlock and escapes, after which Roy arrests Walter. Later, Roy surmises that the smugglers have been transporting the guns to a deserted beach, where they are subsequently picked up by Mexico-bound boats. At the jail, after Splinters shaves off Walter's beard, Roy recognizes him as a wanted man. Just then, the gang bursts in and frees Walter, after which they blindfold and kidnap Roy. On the way to their hideout, a ranch belonging to their leader, lawyer Gordon MacKnight, the gang meets up with an outlaw named Nick Corella. Nick asks to join the gang, but John refuses, so Nick exacts revenge by slipping a small blade into Roy's hand. After the gang takes Roy to the edge of a steep cliff to throw him off, he cuts his ropes and escapes on Trigger, who waits nearby. Roy returns to Tad's house, where he learns that Tad has been told by a veterinarian that Sherlock will not recover and has taken him outside to "put him out of his misery." Roy rushes outside to stop Tad and learns that Sherlock has just discovered Nick's corpse in the bushes. Later, the coroner removes an antique bullet from Nick's body, and Tad mentions that MacKnight collects antique guns. Roy and his men decide to ride out to MacKnight's ranch, but MacKnight sees them coming and escapes. After Roy enters the house and notices a bird cage, he recalls hearing some birds chirping while he was being held captive. Later, the smugglers load guns onto another hijacked train, while Tad, Roy and Splinters go to the beach. There, they spot the smugglers' boat waiting offshore, just as MacKnight and the rest of the gang arrive. A shootout ensues, and although the smugglers onboard the boat escape, MacKnight is captured. The next day, Tad is re-elected in a landslide victory. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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