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The working title of this film was Arizona Outpost . As noted in the onscreen credits, the film was presented in 3-D, using the Natural Vision 3-D process. The viewed print, however, was in standard format. The opening credits conclude with the following written statement: "Arizona Territory in 1897 was the last of the old frontier. The story we are about to tell is well known to historians. Names have been changed but the lust and brutality, the love and sacrifice of the people involved remain for the record unchanged. The woman outlaw and her lovers belong now to folklore--in 1897 they lived."
       According to a Jan 1953 LAT item, RKO assigned William Bowers to write the film's screenplay, but his contribution to the final picture has not been determined. RKO borrowed Virginia Mayo from Warner Bros. and Dale Robertson from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production. Jill Jarmon and Michael Granger are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Production charts also include Byron Foulger in the cast, but he did not appear in the picture. In 1981, DV announced that Richard Schwarz, owner of the Thalia theater in New York, was restoring the film and screening it in ... More Less

The working title of this film was Arizona Outpost . As noted in the onscreen credits, the film was presented in 3-D, using the Natural Vision 3-D process. The viewed print, however, was in standard format. The opening credits conclude with the following written statement: "Arizona Territory in 1897 was the last of the old frontier. The story we are about to tell is well known to historians. Names have been changed but the lust and brutality, the love and sacrifice of the people involved remain for the record unchanged. The woman outlaw and her lovers belong now to folklore--in 1897 they lived."
       According to a Jan 1953 LAT item, RKO assigned William Bowers to write the film's screenplay, but his contribution to the final picture has not been determined. RKO borrowed Virginia Mayo from Warner Bros. and Dale Robertson from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production. Jill Jarmon and Michael Granger are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Production charts also include Byron Foulger in the cast, but he did not appear in the picture. In 1981, DV announced that Richard Schwarz, owner of the Thalia theater in New York, was restoring the film and screening it in 3-D. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Aug 1953.
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Daily Variety
14 Aug 53
p. 3.
Daily Variety
11 Aug 81
p. 2.
Film Daily
14 Aug 53
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 53
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 53
p. 41.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 53
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 53
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 53
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
1 Jan 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Aug 53
p. 1957.
New York Times
3 Oct 53
p. 14.
Variety
19 Aug 53
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Edmund Grainger Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
VISUAL EFFECTS
Natural Vision 3-Dimension under the supv of
Visual consultant
Natural Vision consultant
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Arizona Outpost
Release Date:
15 August 1953
Production Date:
late March--mid May 1953
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 August 1953
Copyright Number:
LP3012
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor; Eastman Color
Widescreen/ratio
Natural Vision 3-D
Duration(in mins):
91-92
Length(in feet):
8,273
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16473
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a small Arizona town, in 1897, outlaw Abby Nixon reluctantly warns former marshal Billy Reynolds, who once spared her life, that two of her cohorts, Bud and Cole Gorman, are coming to kill him. Unarmed because of strict, new gun laws, Billy borrows a pair of six-shooters and meets his assailants head on. After a bloody gunfight, Bud and Cole lay dead, and Billy is arrested for murder. Despite pleas of self-defense, Billy is found guilty and sent to Devil's Canyon, a tough prison in the scorching desert. Although Warden Steve Morgan sympathizes with Billy, head guard Captain Wells is antagonistic, as Billy once slugged him for roughing up a suspect. Billy is also threatened by Bud and Cole's revenge-hungry brother Jesse, who is incarcerated at Devil's Canyon with fellow outlaws Red and Joe. One day, Abby, who is Jesse's sweetheart, arrives at the prison, having been found guilty of armed robbery. To protect Abby from the male prisoners, the warden assigns her to a room in the prison hospital, and Abby becomes Dr. Betts's assistant. Later, during dinner, Jesse throws a knife at Billy, and a brawl erupts. Both men are sent to the hospital, where Jesse and Abby enjoy a brief reunion. Abby then must tend to Billy's wound and treats him rudely, despite their mutual attraction. The next day, while working on a road gang, Jesse accuses Billy of slaughtering his brothers and tries to force him to reveal how he knew they were in town. That night, Abby bribes a guard to bring Jesse to see her at the hospital. There, Abby tells the sex-starved Jesse about ... +


In a small Arizona town, in 1897, outlaw Abby Nixon reluctantly warns former marshal Billy Reynolds, who once spared her life, that two of her cohorts, Bud and Cole Gorman, are coming to kill him. Unarmed because of strict, new gun laws, Billy borrows a pair of six-shooters and meets his assailants head on. After a bloody gunfight, Bud and Cole lay dead, and Billy is arrested for murder. Despite pleas of self-defense, Billy is found guilty and sent to Devil's Canyon, a tough prison in the scorching desert. Although Warden Steve Morgan sympathizes with Billy, head guard Captain Wells is antagonistic, as Billy once slugged him for roughing up a suspect. Billy is also threatened by Bud and Cole's revenge-hungry brother Jesse, who is incarcerated at Devil's Canyon with fellow outlaws Red and Joe. One day, Abby, who is Jesse's sweetheart, arrives at the prison, having been found guilty of armed robbery. To protect Abby from the male prisoners, the warden assigns her to a room in the prison hospital, and Abby becomes Dr. Betts's assistant. Later, during dinner, Jesse throws a knife at Billy, and a brawl erupts. Both men are sent to the hospital, where Jesse and Abby enjoy a brief reunion. Abby then must tend to Billy's wound and treats him rudely, despite their mutual attraction. The next day, while working on a road gang, Jesse accuses Billy of slaughtering his brothers and tries to force him to reveal how he knew they were in town. That night, Abby bribes a guard to bring Jesse to see her at the hospital. There, Abby tells the sex-starved Jesse about the jailbreak she is planning and convinces him to wait until he is free to exact revenge on Billy. Abby then tries to talk Billy into participating in the escape, but he refuses. When Abby next meets with Jesse, he babbles incoherently about the escape, worrying Abby. Soon after, an informer alerts Wells and the warden about the breakout, and the warden subtly warns Abby not to take her chances with a brutal killer like Jesse. During a search of Billy's cell, Wells discovers two knives, surreptitiously planted by Jesse, and sends him to solitary confinement. That night, Abby hides some guns, which an outside cohort had shipped to her among some medical supplies, in the examination room. Dr. Betts, who believes that Abby and Billy belong together, then brings Billy to see her, and while changing the bandage on Billy's knife wound, she once again talks to him about joining the breakout. When Billy refuses, stating that he wants her to lead a decent life, Abby becomes emotionally conflicted. After Billy returns to solitary confinement, Red and Joe feign heat stroke so that they will be sent to the hospital. Abby arms them, and the escape begins. Red and Joe take three guards hostage and open Jesse's cell. The demented Jesse holds the warden at gunpoint and, declaring his intention to turn all the convicts loose on the nearby town and blow up the prison, demands access to the prison's dynamite. When the warden refuses, Jesse shoots Wells in cold blood. Now fearful of Jesse, Abby steals the key to Billy's cell and frees him. As the liberated convicts create havoc in the prison, Jesse discovers Billy's empty cell and slaps Abby for betraying him. Jesse then begins to hunt for Billy, but armed with one of Abby's guns, Billy is able to outmaneuver Jesse and his men. Having taken over the machine gun in the guard tower, Billy shoots Jesse and sprays enough bullets over the other convicts' heads to scare them back into their cells. After Abby runs to Billy's open arms, the grateful warden predicts that two pardons may be in store for them. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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