Trouble in Sundown (1939)

60 mins | Western | 24 March 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was A Knight in Ghost Town. No character names appear in the onscreen credits, and reviews attribute different names to some of the actors. Var credits Howard Hickman with the role of Tex, Monty Montague with Hartman, and John Dilson with Cameron, whereas MPH credits Hickman with the role of Cameron, Montague with Tex, and Dilson with Simmons. Modern sources add Ken Card, Earl Dwire, Robert Burns, the Phelps Brothers, Slim Whitaker and Lafe McKee to the cast. ...

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The working title of this picture was A Knight in Ghost Town. No character names appear in the onscreen credits, and reviews attribute different names to some of the actors. Var credits Howard Hickman with the role of Tex, Monty Montague with Hartman, and John Dilson with Cameron, whereas MPH credits Hickman with the role of Cameron, Montague with Tex, and Dilson with Simmons. Modern sources add Ken Card, Earl Dwire, Robert Burns, the Phelps Brothers, Slim Whitaker and Lafe McKee to the cast.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Mar 1939
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 1939
p. 5-6
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 1939
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 1939
p. 52
Variety
5 Jul 1939
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod exec
WRITERS
Charles F. Royal
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Lucius Croxton
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Prairie Winds" and "Home on the Prairie," music and lyrics by Ray Whitley.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Knight in Ghost Town
Release Date:
24 March 1939
Production Date:
began mid Feb 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
24 March 1939
LP8760
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,394
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5050
SYNOPSIS

When the cash reserves of the Sundown Bank are stolen, suspicion falls upon banker John Cameron, the only person who knows the combination to the vault. In the absence of the sheriff, Crawford, the bank depositors take the law into their own hands until rancher Clint Bradford and his pals Whopper and Andy, step in and send Cameron to hide in Red Rock Canyon. Soon afterward, the sheriff returns to restore peace, assigning Clint and one of his deputies to retrieve Cameron. They are too late, however, because Ross Daggett, the crooked real estate agent who framed Cameron for the robbery, has sent his men, Tex and Dusty, to silence the banker. After forcing Cameron to write a confession, they shoot the deputy and make the shooting look like the work of the banker. Desperate, Cameron escapes and returns home to his daughter June and his ranch, where he enlists Clint's aid in clearing his name. As Cameron hides out in a ghost town, Simmons, the bank examiner, arrives to determine the fate of the bank. Simmons appoints Daggett as bank receiver, but cautions that he must grant Cameron a sixty day grace period before taking over the bank. Daggett's scheme to foreclose on the overdue loans of the ranchers depends upon him taking the bank over immediately, and so he sets out to find Cameron. When an examination of the bank records reveals discrepencies in the accounts of Tex and Dusty, Clint begins to suspect that they are working under orders to sabotage the bank. Meanwhile, Daggett tricks June into leading a posse to her father's hideout, and he is ...

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When the cash reserves of the Sundown Bank are stolen, suspicion falls upon banker John Cameron, the only person who knows the combination to the vault. In the absence of the sheriff, Crawford, the bank depositors take the law into their own hands until rancher Clint Bradford and his pals Whopper and Andy, step in and send Cameron to hide in Red Rock Canyon. Soon afterward, the sheriff returns to restore peace, assigning Clint and one of his deputies to retrieve Cameron. They are too late, however, because Ross Daggett, the crooked real estate agent who framed Cameron for the robbery, has sent his men, Tex and Dusty, to silence the banker. After forcing Cameron to write a confession, they shoot the deputy and make the shooting look like the work of the banker. Desperate, Cameron escapes and returns home to his daughter June and his ranch, where he enlists Clint's aid in clearing his name. As Cameron hides out in a ghost town, Simmons, the bank examiner, arrives to determine the fate of the bank. Simmons appoints Daggett as bank receiver, but cautions that he must grant Cameron a sixty day grace period before taking over the bank. Daggett's scheme to foreclose on the overdue loans of the ranchers depends upon him taking the bank over immediately, and so he sets out to find Cameron. When an examination of the bank records reveals discrepencies in the accounts of Tex and Dusty, Clint begins to suspect that they are working under orders to sabotage the bank. Meanwhile, Daggett tricks June into leading a posse to her father's hideout, and he is arrested and brought to trial. Realizing that the only way to exonerate Cameron is to prove that someone else has the combination to the safe, Clint and Whooper search Tex and Dusty's room and discover a peephole that overlooks the vault. After making sure that Tex is appointed to the jury, Clint "accidentally" locks him in the vault, tricking Dusty into revealing that Daggett knows the combination. With Daggett exposed as the brains behind the robbery, Cameron is exonerated of all guilt.

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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