Twilight in the Sierras (1950)

67 mins | Western | 22 March 1950

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Sloan Nibley

Cinematographer:

John MacBurnie

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The opening credits included the following written disclaimer: "All currency reproductions are by special permission of the Secretary of the Treasury. Further reproduction in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited." Modern sources include Joe Carro and Bob Burns in the ... More Less

The opening credits included the following written disclaimer: "All currency reproductions are by special permission of the Secretary of the Treasury. Further reproduction in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited." Modern sources include Joe Carro and Bob Burns in the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Apr 1950.
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Daily Variety
30 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Apr 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 49
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Apr 50
p. 262.
Variety
5 Apr 50
p. 6.
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
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Twilight in the Sierras," "It's One Wonderful Day," and "Pancho's Rancho," music and lyrics by Sid Robin and Foy Willing
"Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy," music and lyrics by Jimmy Wakely.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 March 1950
Production Date:
mid September--early October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 April 1950
Copyright Number:
LP105
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,994
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14238
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After retiring from the bench, Judge Wiggins converts his Morongo County ranch into a house for parolees. When Wiggins receives a visit from his friend, state parole officer Roy Rogers, he introduces Roy to Ricardo Chavez, a convicted counterfeiter who has been staying at the ranch. Later, Wiggins and his foreman, Matt Brunner, who is operating a gang under the judge's nose, leave to hunt a mountain lion that has been recently stalking the ranch animals. When Ricardo decides to accompany them, he is kidnapped by Matt's gang, and his dog, "Perro," is shot. After Perro limps back to the ranch alone, Wiggins telephones Sheriff Callahan to report Ricardo's disappearance. Instead of the sheriff, his daughter, Deputy Patricia Callahan, answers and explains that she will be responding to all calls until her father returns from out of town. Later, at the ranch, Pat and Roy find a letter from Ricardo's sister Lola, announcing that she will be coming from Cuba to visit the ranch, which Ricardo has told her he owns. Meanwhile, at their hideout, the gang forces Ricardo to work on some plates for printing counterfeit gold certificates, which are still considered legal tender in some foreign countries. Later, Matt sends henchman Blake to meet Lola at the bus station. When Blake sees her accept a ride from a fellow passenger named Paul Clifford, he follows. Roy also follows and, after chasing Blake away, introduces himself to Lola. Later, Clifford, who has come to town to purchase the plates, meets with Matt and his henchman, Mason, at their hideout, the Morongo Lodge. Since the plates are not yet finished, ... +


After retiring from the bench, Judge Wiggins converts his Morongo County ranch into a house for parolees. When Wiggins receives a visit from his friend, state parole officer Roy Rogers, he introduces Roy to Ricardo Chavez, a convicted counterfeiter who has been staying at the ranch. Later, Wiggins and his foreman, Matt Brunner, who is operating a gang under the judge's nose, leave to hunt a mountain lion that has been recently stalking the ranch animals. When Ricardo decides to accompany them, he is kidnapped by Matt's gang, and his dog, "Perro," is shot. After Perro limps back to the ranch alone, Wiggins telephones Sheriff Callahan to report Ricardo's disappearance. Instead of the sheriff, his daughter, Deputy Patricia Callahan, answers and explains that she will be responding to all calls until her father returns from out of town. Later, at the ranch, Pat and Roy find a letter from Ricardo's sister Lola, announcing that she will be coming from Cuba to visit the ranch, which Ricardo has told her he owns. Meanwhile, at their hideout, the gang forces Ricardo to work on some plates for printing counterfeit gold certificates, which are still considered legal tender in some foreign countries. Later, Matt sends henchman Blake to meet Lola at the bus station. When Blake sees her accept a ride from a fellow passenger named Paul Clifford, he follows. Roy also follows and, after chasing Blake away, introduces himself to Lola. Later, Clifford, who has come to town to purchase the plates, meets with Matt and his henchman, Mason, at their hideout, the Morongo Lodge. Since the plates are not yet finished, Clifford agrees to place the money he has brought with him for the transaction into the lodge's safe. Later that afternoon, when Lola does not show up for the lion hunt, Matt's men kidnap her from her cabin. After Roy decides to join the hunting party, Matt surreptitiously disables his gun. During the hunt, the dogs chase the lion up a tree, and one of the hunters, who is a member of Matt's gang, takes advantage of the situation and shoots at Roy. Just then, the lion pounces on the man, knocking him off the edge of a steep cliff. After the gang accuses Roy of killing the outlaw, Pat tries to arrest him. As Roy is escaping, one of the outlaws shoots his horse Trigger in the neck. When Roy realizes that Trigger has been shot, he rides directly to the home of his friend, Dr. Sparrow Biffle, who removes the bullet. After Pat arrests Roy, Sheriff Callahan returns to town to release him to Wiggins' custody. Meanwhile, at the lodge, Matt sees Clifford trying to retrieve his cash and shoots him. Shortly thereafter, Roy and Wiggins fire tear gas capsules through the lodge windows, while Matt tries to escape on a wagon carrying Ricardo. The wagon catches fire, but Ricardo jumps to safety just before it explodes. When the lion tries to attack Matt, he is so frightened that he stumbles backward off the cliff to his death below. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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