Bad Men of Tombstone


1h 15m 1949

Film Details

Also Known As
Last of the Badmen
Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
World premiere in Oklahoma City: 26 Jan 1949
Production Company
Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Last of the Badmen: The Legend of Tom Horn by Jay Monaghan (New York, 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,660ft

Synopsis

During the Gold Rush era, loner Tom Horn enters the Gold City Palace saloon and joins a poker game. When he loses $200, the crooked dealer, Blackie, takes Tom's horse and gun. Tom tries to steal the $200 but is caught and thrown in jail with the rough William Morgan. Tom sees three men outside the jail, and deducing that they are Morgan's gang, decides that if he can stick with them, he can escape. Morgan grudgingly allows Tom to join his gang, which includes his sidekicks John Mingo, Red Fisk and Curly. After narrowly evading a posse, the men head for Leadville, a wealthy but lawless Colorado mining town. At their camp, Tom proves his gunslinging talents and then goes into town alone to get some money. That night, his robbery of the Blue Goose Mining Company wins him the second-in-command spot in the gang. In town the next day, Tom bumps into Julie, the Blue Goose bookkeeper he robbed. Although she recognizes him, she deliberately misleads the sheriff and asks Tom to call on her. A few nights later, the gang robs a train and stores the loot in an abandoned mine shaft. The sheriff assembles a large posse, while Tom and Julie spend the night talking. A few months later, Julie urges Tom to marry her, and he agrees that within two weeks he will collect the money Morgan owes him and take her to San Francisco. The miners, meanwhile, have slowed down the gang by melting the silver into thousand-pound bricks, and when no one can think of a way to steal the heavy bars, Tom goes to the mining company to get inside information. Trusting Tom, the foreman tips him off about pounds of gold dust that are mined at the same time as the silver and taken to the Leadville bank by the miners. Tom leads the gang on an ambush and, after they collect the gold, they spread out in five different directions in order to elude the posse. When Curly is shot by the sheriff, however, he reveals the names of the other men. The gang meets up one week later in Tombstone, an operational base for outlaws throughout the West. Tom angers Morgan by bringing Julie, his new wife, but Julie soon convinces Tom to quit the gang. Morgan and Mingo, however, hatch a plan to kill Tom and Red and divide the still-hidden loot between the two of them. That night Mingo murders Red but as he sneaks into Tom's room, an alert Tom shoots him through the door. Tom follows Morgan to the mine, shoots him and takes Morgan's horse, which is loaded with money. In town, a man recognizes his stolen horse and gathers his friends to confront Tom. When Tom pulls his guns, he is shot and the last of the bad men is killed.

Film Details

Also Known As
Last of the Badmen
Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
World premiere in Oklahoma City: 26 Jan 1949
Production Company
Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Last of the Badmen: The Legend of Tom Horn by Jay Monaghan (New York, 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,660ft

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Notes

The working title of this film was Last of the Badmen. Although the screen credits list Jack Glass and Jack Shaw as the special effects directors, Allied Artists' production sheet lists Max Luttenberg instead. Voice-over narration is heard briefly at the beginning of the picture.