The Pocatello Kid (1931)

60-61 mins | Western | 6 December 1931

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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Fighting Mad. MPH credits Earle Snell with the screenplay while the copyright names Scott Darling. Neither was credited on the viewed print. Modern sources add the following credits to the cast: Lafe McKee, Jack Rockwell, Bert Lindley, Bob Reeves, Bud Osborne, Jack Ward. ...

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The film's pre-release title was Fighting Mad. MPH credits Earle Snell with the screenplay while the copyright names Scott Darling. Neither was credited on the viewed print. Modern sources add the following credits to the cast: Lafe McKee, Jack Rockwell, Bert Lindley, Bob Reeves, Bud Osborne, Jack Ward.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 Dec 1931
p. 11
Motion Picture Herald
9 Jan 1932
p. 37
Variety
2 Feb 1932
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story and cont
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
Roy Luby
Film ed
SOUND
John Stransky
Sd
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fighting Mad
Release Date:
6 December 1931
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Tiffany Productions of California, Inc.
6 December 1931
LP3131
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in feet):
5,555
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pete Larkin, the head of a gang of rustlers, is trying to force his niece Mary to wed crooked sheriff Jim Bledsoe, whom she hates, but before the wedding, Jim is killed during a card game. His twin brother, the Pocatello Kid, is wounded when he escapes from jail and returns home to recover. The Kid passes out just as he arrives in town and, seeing an opportunity to cover up Jim's death, Larkin tells the posse that Jim's body is that of the Pocatello Kid. When the Kid wakes up, Larkin tells him that he accidentally killed his own brother and must take Jim's place. Jim was a crooked sheriff, but now that the ranchers think that he killed the Pocatello Kid, they take advantage of his changed attitude toward criminals to ask him to round up the rustlers who have been terrorizing them. The Kid is really a good man and, because he has fallen in love with Mary, carries out the arrests. After one of the rustlers is arrested, however, he offers to name Jim's real murderer in exchange for his release. After he learns the truth, the Kid continues to round up Larkin's gang. Out of revenge, Larkin reveals the Kid's identity, but when the ranchers discover that he has rounded up the entire gang, they ask him to continue to act as their sheriff. The Kid agrees and he and Mary plan their ...

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Pete Larkin, the head of a gang of rustlers, is trying to force his niece Mary to wed crooked sheriff Jim Bledsoe, whom she hates, but before the wedding, Jim is killed during a card game. His twin brother, the Pocatello Kid, is wounded when he escapes from jail and returns home to recover. The Kid passes out just as he arrives in town and, seeing an opportunity to cover up Jim's death, Larkin tells the posse that Jim's body is that of the Pocatello Kid. When the Kid wakes up, Larkin tells him that he accidentally killed his own brother and must take Jim's place. Jim was a crooked sheriff, but now that the ranchers think that he killed the Pocatello Kid, they take advantage of his changed attitude toward criminals to ask him to round up the rustlers who have been terrorizing them. The Kid is really a good man and, because he has fallen in love with Mary, carries out the arrests. After one of the rustlers is arrested, however, he offers to name Jim's real murderer in exchange for his release. After he learns the truth, the Kid continues to round up Larkin's gang. Out of revenge, Larkin reveals the Kid's identity, but when the ranchers discover that he has rounded up the entire gang, they ask him to continue to act as their sheriff. The Kid agrees and he and Mary plan their wedding.

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