Desperadoes of Dodge City


60m 1948

Brief Synopsis

Rocky and the Land agent riders need to get an important message to the Army post. The message is stolen but Rocky knows one of the four men on the stagecoach has it. When Rocky and the four get trapped in a shack by the outlaw gang, he learns that one of the four is the gang leader. Rocky has to learn his identity and retrieve the message

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 15, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

After a wagon is ambushed and robbed by a gang of outlaws, one of its occupants, Mr. Giddeon, who plans to lead a caravan of homesteaders, decides to ask for an escort from the U.S. Cavalry. When a spy for the gang learns that the caravan will cross Stovepipe Pass at noon the next day, he reports it to the gang's leader, Greg McBride. When the caravan is attacked, the Cavalry is not there to protect them and one of the homesteaders is shot. The next day, Allan "Rocky" Lane follows a stage traveling to Fort Henry. Pretending that his horse has been hurt, Rocky asks the driver of the stage, Nugget Clark, for a lift. Once aboard, Rocky tells Nugget that one of his passengers is carrying a government order which will divert the Cavalry so that the gang can continue their robbery. Rocky boards the stage and questions passengers Calvin Sutton, Ted Loring, a gambler named "Ace" Durant, and a fourth man who refuses to give his name. When the stage arrives at Snake Junction, a dancer named Gloria Lamoreaux joins the passengers. Later, the stage arrives at the empty cabin where a prospector named Hank lives. Nugget decides to stop the stage so that Rocky can search the passengers, but before he can begin, gun fire erupts from the trees nearby. The group retreats to the cabin, while the frightened horses gallop away with the stage. Hours later, suffering from cabin fever, Ted becomes careless and is shot through the window. Just then, a rock is thrown through the window with a note demanding that McBride be set free. As Rocky tries to guess which passenger is really McBride, Hank returns home on his wagon and is shot by members of the gang. Inside the cabin, Sutton discovers Ace and Gloria's wedding photo and the two admit to being married, although Gloria explains that they have been separated for three years. When Ted suddenly runs outside to retrieve the stage, he is shot and killed, but Rocky is able to climb safely through the chimney passage and aboard the stage. They all escape to safety except for Sutton, who is shot and left behind. Unsure of their guilt, Rocky holds Ace and the unnamed passenger, while Nugget and Gloria continue to Fort Henry. Rocky then returns to Hank's cabin where he finds Sutton, also known as McBride, retrieving the government papers which he had hid behind the wedding photo. Rocky tries to arrest him, but he has brought his henchmen with him. They capture Rocky, and McBride leaves to deliver the falsified papers, but Rocky escapes and retrieves them. Rocky then warns the Cavalry that the gang plans to attack the homesteaders. When the Cavalry arrives, and Rocky arrests McBride for trying to steal the wagon with all the homesteaders' gold in it. Later, Rocky and Nugget wave good-bye to the grateful homesteaders who continue on in safety.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 15, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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