Bullet Code (1940)

58-59 mins | Western | 12 April 1940

Director:

David Howard

Producer:

Bert Gilroy

Cinematographer:

Harry Wild

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although no written character names were provided by onscreen credits, the spoken name of Steve Holden and Cass Barton conflict with the character names of Steve Condon and Cass Clantine provided by Var . Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Bob Burns ( Sheriff Ware ), Lew Meehan ( Seeley Johnson ), Bob McKenzie ( Doctor ), Jack C. Smith ( David Henley ), and Cactus Mack ( Cowhand ... More Less

Although no written character names were provided by onscreen credits, the spoken name of Steve Holden and Cass Barton conflict with the character names of Steve Condon and Cass Clantine provided by Var . Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Bob Burns ( Sheriff Ware ), Lew Meehan ( Seeley Johnson ), Bob McKenzie ( Doctor ), Jack C. Smith ( David Henley ), and Cactus Mack ( Cowhand ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Feb 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Apr 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Dec 39
p. 52.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 40
p. 41.
Variety
28 Feb 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod exec
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 April 1940
Production Date:
began 28 November 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9515
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58-59
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5924
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Steve Holden and his sidekick, Pop Norton, ride to a small town on the Mexican border to break the news to the family of Bud Mathews that Bud has been killed in a cattle raid. Steve mistakenly believes that he shot Bud during the raid, and consequently, when he learns that old John Mathews and his daughter Molly are being pressured by a mysterious assailant determined to drive them from their ranch, Steve and Pop hire on as ranch hands to investigate. Steve soon discovers that the Mathews's ranch is the only unpatrolled land along the border, thus making it an invaluable piece of property to rustlers who are transporting cattle across the border. In town, when Steve sees Cass Barton, one of the ranch hands he has hired, leave the office of Sam Gorman, the head of the land company, he begins to suspect that Gorman is behind the Mathews' troubles. Back at the ranch, Steve accuses Cass and his sidekick, Scar Atwood, of working for Gorman, but they counter by accusing Steve of murdering Bud, thus causing Mathews to order Steve off his ranch. Scar's revelation makes Steve realize that Scar and Cass must have killed Bud, and he follows the pair back to town, where Gorman pays them off for getting rid of Steve. Unwilling to share the money, Cass shoots Scar, and Scar, thinking that he is about to die, tells Steve and the sheriff that Cass killed Bud and confesses to their involvement with Gorman. As Gorman and his men ride to take over the Mathews's ranch, Steve and Pop ride to stop them. With Mathews' help, they ... +


Steve Holden and his sidekick, Pop Norton, ride to a small town on the Mexican border to break the news to the family of Bud Mathews that Bud has been killed in a cattle raid. Steve mistakenly believes that he shot Bud during the raid, and consequently, when he learns that old John Mathews and his daughter Molly are being pressured by a mysterious assailant determined to drive them from their ranch, Steve and Pop hire on as ranch hands to investigate. Steve soon discovers that the Mathews's ranch is the only unpatrolled land along the border, thus making it an invaluable piece of property to rustlers who are transporting cattle across the border. In town, when Steve sees Cass Barton, one of the ranch hands he has hired, leave the office of Sam Gorman, the head of the land company, he begins to suspect that Gorman is behind the Mathews' troubles. Back at the ranch, Steve accuses Cass and his sidekick, Scar Atwood, of working for Gorman, but they counter by accusing Steve of murdering Bud, thus causing Mathews to order Steve off his ranch. Scar's revelation makes Steve realize that Scar and Cass must have killed Bud, and he follows the pair back to town, where Gorman pays them off for getting rid of Steve. Unwilling to share the money, Cass shoots Scar, and Scar, thinking that he is about to die, tells Steve and the sheriff that Cass killed Bud and confesses to their involvement with Gorman. As Gorman and his men ride to take over the Mathews's ranch, Steve and Pop ride to stop them. With Mathews' help, they engage Gorman in a gunfight until the sheriff and his posse arrive to arrest the rustlers. +

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