The Kid from Kansas (1941)

61 mins | Drama | 19 September 1941

Director:

William Nigh

Cinematographer:

John W. Boyle

Editor:

Arthur Hilton

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Americanos ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Americanos . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
16 Sep 41
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Dec 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Aug 41
p. 221.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Sep 41
p. 276.
New York Times
2 Dec 41
p. 29.
Variety
24 Sep 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
[Sd] tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub wrt
SOURCES
SONGS
"Red River Valley," traditional
"La golondrina," words and music by Narcisco Serradell.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Americanos
Release Date:
19 September 1941
Production Date:
mid June--late June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
11 September 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10686
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,467
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7600
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On an island in the tropics, plantation foreman Andy prepares a banana shipment. Drifter Kansas offers to help him just as plantation owner Juan Garcia Pancho arrives and yells at his foreman. Later, at the Great Northern office, the plantation owners are told by fruit representative Lee Walker that the price he will pay for this year's crop has been drastically cut. Pancho then announces that he has arranged the sale of his stock to another company whose boat will arrive the next day. That night, as Andy and Kansas guard the banana crop, a group of saboteurs attack the plantation, pouring kerosine on the stocks and killing one man. The chief of police arrives and arrests both Kansas and Andy for murder. Pancho bails Andy out of jail, and is then convinced by Andy to bail Kansas out as well. On the drive back to the plantation, Pancho berates Andy for losing the bananas and getting involved with a stranger like Kansas, but decides to hire the new man himself. Eight miles from home, the trio discovers that the railroad tracks have been pulled up, so they are forced to walk the rest of the way. Back at the plantation, the workers, led by Cesar, revolt against Pancho and demand their back wages, which Pancho does not have due to the loss of his crop. A fight breaks out, and Pancho, Andy and Kansas are forced to defend the plantation against its workers. Afterward, Julie "Smitty" Smith, a chemist hired by Pancho, arrives. Because he was expecting a man, Pancho tries to dismiss Smitty, but when she asks for her ... +


On an island in the tropics, plantation foreman Andy prepares a banana shipment. Drifter Kansas offers to help him just as plantation owner Juan Garcia Pancho arrives and yells at his foreman. Later, at the Great Northern office, the plantation owners are told by fruit representative Lee Walker that the price he will pay for this year's crop has been drastically cut. Pancho then announces that he has arranged the sale of his stock to another company whose boat will arrive the next day. That night, as Andy and Kansas guard the banana crop, a group of saboteurs attack the plantation, pouring kerosine on the stocks and killing one man. The chief of police arrives and arrests both Kansas and Andy for murder. Pancho bails Andy out of jail, and is then convinced by Andy to bail Kansas out as well. On the drive back to the plantation, Pancho berates Andy for losing the bananas and getting involved with a stranger like Kansas, but decides to hire the new man himself. Eight miles from home, the trio discovers that the railroad tracks have been pulled up, so they are forced to walk the rest of the way. Back at the plantation, the workers, led by Cesar, revolt against Pancho and demand their back wages, which Pancho does not have due to the loss of his crop. A fight breaks out, and Pancho, Andy and Kansas are forced to defend the plantation against its workers. Afterward, Julie "Smitty" Smith, a chemist hired by Pancho, arrives. Because he was expecting a man, Pancho tries to dismiss Smitty, but when she asks for her severance pay Pancho is forced to keep her on staff, as he has no money to pay her. The next day, Pancho meets with his fellow plantation owners at the Toalango Fruit Exchange where they all seek bank loans. Having been refused loans by bank president John Russell, the plantation owners consider selling their homes. Pancho tries to dissuade them, but one owner, Roy York, states that he has had enough and sells his plantation to Russell for a paltry $5,000. That night, a goodbye party is held for York at the local nightclub. After York leaves, Kansas follows him, only to return later to the plantation with the $5,000, stating that he convinced York to lend him the money. The next morning, however, York is found murdered and the police arrest Kansas. An unknown man helps Kansas break out of jail, after which the drifter returns to Pancho's plantation. While checking the banana stalks, Smitty discovers more sabotage, as someone has introduced a fungus from Jamaica into the crop. Pancho and Kansas prepare the bananas for shipment until the police arrive to arrest the drifter, having been tipped off by Walker. Pancho convinces the police, however, to go down the river with the crops first, and Walker, who is forced to go along, finally breaks down, admitting that his gang is waiting down the river to blow up the crops. Kansas then admits that he is actually a special agent for Great Northern and is working undercover to expose Walker and his gang. After capturing the gang in a shootout, banker Russell is arrested as the gang's leader, while the police chief admits he was the mystery man who helped Kansas escape from jail. With life back to normal, Andy works the docks once again, under the constant beratement of Pancho. +

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