Under Cover Man (1936)

Western | 24 September 1936

Director:

Albert Ray

Producer:

A. W. Hackel

Cinematographer:

Jack Greenhalgh

Editor:

Dan Milner

Production Company:

Supreme Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Under Cover Man was the first in a series of westerns that Johnny Mack Brown made under the Supreme/Republic Pictures banner. MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" and HR news items include Margaret Mann in the cast, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to HR , location shooting took place in Chatsworth, CA. Advertisements and reviews spell the film's title alternately as Under Cover Man , Undercover Man and Under-Cover Man ... More Less

Under Cover Man was the first in a series of westerns that Johnny Mack Brown made under the Supreme/Republic Pictures banner. MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" and HR news items include Margaret Mann in the cast, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to HR , location shooting took place in Chatsworth, CA. Advertisements and reviews spell the film's title alternately as Under Cover Man , Undercover Man and Under-Cover Man . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Sep 36
p. 43, 91
Motion Picture Herald
17 Oct 36
p. 87.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 September 1936
Production Date:
began 28 July 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 September 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6636
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2473
SYNOPSIS

After the stagecoach he and pretty Linda Forbes are traveling in is robbed by outlaws, Steve McLain decides to stop and check out the law in the nearby town. Upset by the arrival of this suspicious, sharpshooting stranger, Sheriff Pegg and crooked saloon owner Ace Pringle conspire to have him killed. Steve repeatedly outsmarts his would-be attackers, however, intimidating the sheriff and his cohort, Rusty Wilson, into fits of fright. Convinced that Steve has his eye on a strongbox of money due out on the next coach, Pringle instructs his outlaws to ambush and kill him by a river. Linda, suspecting foul play, rides to the river and rescues Steve as he floats unconscious with the current. That night, before Pringle and his men arrive, Steve takes the strongbox from the stagecoach company safe, and an angry sheriff forms a posse to catch him. After being chased by both posse and outlaws, Steve does battle with Pringle and finally reveals that he is an "under cover man" for Wells Fargo & Co. With the outlaws exposed and captured, Steve then marries ... +


After the stagecoach he and pretty Linda Forbes are traveling in is robbed by outlaws, Steve McLain decides to stop and check out the law in the nearby town. Upset by the arrival of this suspicious, sharpshooting stranger, Sheriff Pegg and crooked saloon owner Ace Pringle conspire to have him killed. Steve repeatedly outsmarts his would-be attackers, however, intimidating the sheriff and his cohort, Rusty Wilson, into fits of fright. Convinced that Steve has his eye on a strongbox of money due out on the next coach, Pringle instructs his outlaws to ambush and kill him by a river. Linda, suspecting foul play, rides to the river and rescues Steve as he floats unconscious with the current. That night, before Pringle and his men arrive, Steve takes the strongbox from the stagecoach company safe, and an angry sheriff forms a posse to catch him. After being chased by both posse and outlaws, Steve does battle with Pringle and finally reveals that he is an "under cover man" for Wells Fargo & Co. With the outlaws exposed and captured, Steve then marries Linda. +

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