The Avengers (1950)

90 or 92 mins | Adventure | 26 June 1950

Director:

John H. Auer

Cinematographer:

Pablo Tabernero

Editor:

Marvin Coil

Production Designer:

Saulo Benavente

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

This picture was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A Spanish-language version of the story, titled Los vengadores , was filmed at the same time as the English version was, with a slightly different cast and crew. Fernando Lamas starred in the Spanish-language version, and Osvaldo Miranda, who is not listed in the credits in the English version, was a featured player. Alejandro Verbisky and Emilio Villalba Welsh adapted Lawrence Kimble and Aeneas MacKenzie's English-language screenplay. The following crew members are credited only on the Spanish-language version: Pedro F. Marzialetti ( Cam ); Ramon Martinez ( Props ); Nicolas Proserpio ( Film ed ); and Oscar Nelson ( Asst dir ). Laboratorio Alex is listed as the print laboratory. The Spanish-language version had its own MPAA/PCA number, 14186.
       Sources conflict about the English-language film's ending. One review states that "Don Careless" is jailed after "Corral" is killed, but is saved from hanging by "Maria." Another review claims that Maria and Don Careless marry at the end of the story. According to a Feb 1949 HR news item, Adele Mara replaced Dolores Del Rio in the role of "Maria." Although studio publicity reported that Del Rio's departure from the project was due to scheduling conflicts, HR noted that according to "widely circulated" rumors, the "'conflict' was between Del Rio and wife of the Argentine president, Eva Peron," who also was to be in the picture. Peron's appearance in the final film is doubtful, ... More Less

This picture was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A Spanish-language version of the story, titled Los vengadores , was filmed at the same time as the English version was, with a slightly different cast and crew. Fernando Lamas starred in the Spanish-language version, and Osvaldo Miranda, who is not listed in the credits in the English version, was a featured player. Alejandro Verbisky and Emilio Villalba Welsh adapted Lawrence Kimble and Aeneas MacKenzie's English-language screenplay. The following crew members are credited only on the Spanish-language version: Pedro F. Marzialetti ( Cam ); Ramon Martinez ( Props ); Nicolas Proserpio ( Film ed ); and Oscar Nelson ( Asst dir ). Laboratorio Alex is listed as the print laboratory. The Spanish-language version had its own MPAA/PCA number, 14186.
       Sources conflict about the English-language film's ending. One review states that "Don Careless" is jailed after "Corral" is killed, but is saved from hanging by "Maria." Another review claims that Maria and Don Careless marry at the end of the story. According to a Feb 1949 HR news item, Adele Mara replaced Dolores Del Rio in the role of "Maria." Although studio publicity reported that Del Rio's departure from the project was due to scheduling conflicts, HR noted that according to "widely circulated" rumors, the "'conflict' was between Del Rio and wife of the Argentine president, Eva Peron," who also was to be in the picture. Peron's appearance in the final film is doubtful, however. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
a 24 Jun 1950.
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Daily Variety
12 Jun 1950. p. 3.
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Film Daily
26 Jun 50
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
17 Jun 50
p. 96.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 May 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Jun 50
p. 347.
The Exhibitor
21 Jun 50
p. 2871.
Variety
14 Jun 50
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Don Careless" by Rex Beach in his Don Careless, and Birds of Prey (New York, 1928).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Your Heart Can Never Lie," traditional, arranged by Nathan Scott.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Los vengadores
Release Date:
26 June 1950
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 10 June 1950
Production Date:
began mid March 1949 at Mapol Motion Pictures Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina
addl scenes began early July 1949 at Republic Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1950
Copyright Number:
LP189
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90 or 92
Countries:
Argentina, United States
PCA No:
14182
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On the northwest coast of South America, a small colony of people has long been the target of masked bandit El Mocho and his gang. Francisco Suarez, whose father was murdered by El Mocho ten years before, has sworn revenge against the bandit and forms a band of "cabelleros," known as The Avengers, to protect the beleagured villagers. Suarez disguises his identity and assumes the name "Don Careless." Fearing for his future, El Mocho accepts the corrupt Col. Luis Corral's offer to fake his own death and be reborn as Lt. Hernandez, Corral's aide. The colony's governor, Don Rafael Moreno, has been taken in by the colonel and declared his intention to pass his authority onto Corral as soon as he marries the governor's daughter Maria. One night, at an inn, Don Careless encounters Corral as he is about to take unfair advantage of French colonist Andre LeBlanc in a sword fight. Don Careless saves Andre, who was angry over losing his estate to Corral in a gambling wager, then beats Corral in a close quarter duel. Although his defeat ruins his reputation as the colony's best swordsman, Corral decides that he can make use of Don Careless, who has boasted of his success as a ladies' man. Corral wants to marry his mistress, the Countess Yvonne, and assumes that even if Maria should turn him down in favor of Don Careless, the governor will still make him ruler. Corral bets Don Careless that if he can make Maria fall in love with him, Corral will return Andre's estate, but if he fails, he must become Corral's personal servant. As hoped, ... +


On the northwest coast of South America, a small colony of people has long been the target of masked bandit El Mocho and his gang. Francisco Suarez, whose father was murdered by El Mocho ten years before, has sworn revenge against the bandit and forms a band of "cabelleros," known as The Avengers, to protect the beleagured villagers. Suarez disguises his identity and assumes the name "Don Careless." Fearing for his future, El Mocho accepts the corrupt Col. Luis Corral's offer to fake his own death and be reborn as Lt. Hernandez, Corral's aide. The colony's governor, Don Rafael Moreno, has been taken in by the colonel and declared his intention to pass his authority onto Corral as soon as he marries the governor's daughter Maria. One night, at an inn, Don Careless encounters Corral as he is about to take unfair advantage of French colonist Andre LeBlanc in a sword fight. Don Careless saves Andre, who was angry over losing his estate to Corral in a gambling wager, then beats Corral in a close quarter duel. Although his defeat ruins his reputation as the colony's best swordsman, Corral decides that he can make use of Don Careless, who has boasted of his success as a ladies' man. Corral wants to marry his mistress, the Countess Yvonne, and assumes that even if Maria should turn him down in favor of Don Careless, the governor will still make him ruler. Corral bets Don Careless that if he can make Maria fall in love with him, Corral will return Andre's estate, but if he fails, he must become Corral's personal servant. As hoped, Don Careless wins Maria's heart, and is himself smitten by her. Eventually, his sense of honor gets the better of him, and he tells Corral that he has lost the bet. As Don Careless prepares to become Corral's servant, a jealous Yvonne informs Maria about the wager. Maria tells her father that she will never marry Corral, and though she still loves Don Careless, she denounces him. When Don Rafael refuses Corral his advancement, Corral orders El Mocho to resurrect his bandit gang and terrorize the colony. Corral forcibly seizes control of the government and kills Don Rafael. Maria and a repentant Yvonne escape, however, and return to Don Careless, who launches an attack against Corral. Don Careless and Andre succeed in overthrowing the Corral faction, and during the shooting, the colonel and El Mocho are killed. After Don Careless and Andre turn the government over to the proper authorities, Don Careless and Maria look forward to a happy future together. +

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