Death Valley Outlaws (1941)

56 mins | Western | 29 September 1941

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HISTORY

Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Robert Kortman, Curley Dresden, John Cason, Griff Barnett, Lee Shumway, Reed Howes, George J. Lewis, Harry Strang, Wally West, Tex Palmer and Sam Lufkin. ...

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Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Robert Kortman, Curley Dresden, John Cason, Griff Barnett, Lee Shumway, Reed Howes, George J. Lewis, Harry Strang, Wally West, Tex Palmer and Sam Lufkin.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Oct 1941
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Daily Variety
28 Nov 1941
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Film Daily
3 Oct 1941
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1941
pp. 7-8
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 1941
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Oct 1941
p. 298
Variety
1 Oct 1941
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 September 1941
Production Date:
began 8 Aug 1941
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
29 September 1941
LP10796
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
5,040
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7651
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After delivering a herd of cattle to the stockyards, cowboy Johnny Edwards meets a young drifter, Bill Weston, who is returning home after an absence of several years. Johnny accompanies Bill to Hopetown, where they see Bill's childhood friend, Carolyn Johnson, get thrown from her wagon after being chased by a group of masked men. Johnny and Bill rush Carolyn to the local veterinarian, Doc Blake, who tends to Carolyn and explains that the masked men are members of a vigilante group that has been terrorizing the ranchers. After Carolyn leaves, Bill and Johnny go to the Weston ranch, which is being attacked by the vigilantes. Bill's father is dead, and as Bill chases after the gang, he also is shot, but before he dies, makes Johnny promise to avenge him. Meanwhile, the gang's secret leader, bank president Charles W. Gifford, forces Carolyn's father to take out a large insurance policy naming himself as the beneficiary in order to secure a bank loan. Gifford had used the same scheme with Bill's father, but tells his henchman, town marshall Jim Collins, to first rob an incoming gold shipment before rustling Johnson's cattle and destroying his ranch. After conferring with Doc Blake, Johnny decides to get evidence on the gang by joining them, and so pretends to be a notorious train robber. Johnny steals the gold shipment before Collins and his men can, after which Gifford arranges a meeting with him. Gifford gives Johnny a week to decide if he wishes to join the gang, in exchange for turning over the gold, or leave town. During the week, Johnny, who has deduced that Gifford and Collins ...

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After delivering a herd of cattle to the stockyards, cowboy Johnny Edwards meets a young drifter, Bill Weston, who is returning home after an absence of several years. Johnny accompanies Bill to Hopetown, where they see Bill's childhood friend, Carolyn Johnson, get thrown from her wagon after being chased by a group of masked men. Johnny and Bill rush Carolyn to the local veterinarian, Doc Blake, who tends to Carolyn and explains that the masked men are members of a vigilante group that has been terrorizing the ranchers. After Carolyn leaves, Bill and Johnny go to the Weston ranch, which is being attacked by the vigilantes. Bill's father is dead, and as Bill chases after the gang, he also is shot, but before he dies, makes Johnny promise to avenge him. Meanwhile, the gang's secret leader, bank president Charles W. Gifford, forces Carolyn's father to take out a large insurance policy naming himself as the beneficiary in order to secure a bank loan. Gifford had used the same scheme with Bill's father, but tells his henchman, town marshall Jim Collins, to first rob an incoming gold shipment before rustling Johnson's cattle and destroying his ranch. After conferring with Doc Blake, Johnny decides to get evidence on the gang by joining them, and so pretends to be a notorious train robber. Johnny steals the gold shipment before Collins and his men can, after which Gifford arranges a meeting with him. Gifford gives Johnny a week to decide if he wishes to join the gang, in exchange for turning over the gold, or leave town. During the week, Johnny, who has deduced that Gifford and Collins are behind the gang, organizes the ranchers and successfully defends the Johnson ranch against a vigilante raid. The next night, Johnny goes to keep his appointment with Gifford, who sends Collins' right-hand man, Jeff Edwards, in his place. Jeff, who is Johnny's long-lost brother, tries to talk Johnny out of joining the gang, but Johnny does not recognize him because he is masked. Just as Johnny talks Jeff into helping him expose the vigilantes, Gifford and Collins reveal that they have eavesdropped on the entire conversation. Jeff is wounded as he helps Johnny escape, and it is not until the next day, as his brother lays dying, that Johnny discovers his identity. Enraged, Johnny rushes to the bank, where Gifford and Collins have planned to stage a robbery before leaving town. The ranchers, alerted by Doc Blake, round up the rest of the gang, but Gifford and Collins take Carolyn hostage and escape in a stagecoach. Johnny chases after them and, after fighting with both men, returns Carolyn safely to town. Later, Doc's servant, Snowflake, uses Johnny's horse "Cyclone" and dog "Duke" to convince the cowboy to settle permanently in Hopetown.

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