Bandit King of Texas


60m 1949

Brief Synopsis

The Jewel Land Company of Elko, Texas is selling Government land to settlers. Before any of the settlers can claim their land, they are being killed by McCabe's gang. When Rocky comes to Elko to find his friend Jim, he winds up in Jail on a charge of stealing money from the new Marshal. The only person in town that is on his side is Nugget, but there is little that he can do by himself. When Rocky escapes from the jail with another prisoner and the Marshal is shot, he has to find who is behind his problems and what has happened to Jim and Emily.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 29, 1949
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

As they travel to their new home in Elk Cove, Texas, homesteaders Jim and Emily Baldwin are attacked by a gang of bandits led by Boris McCabe, who has been luring homesteaders to the area with the promise of cheap land. Unknown to the homesteaders, the land is actually owned by the U.S. government. The bandits kill Jim and steal a brooch that Jim's best friend, "Rocky" Lane, had given to Emily. McCabe then takes the brooch to jeweler Nugget Clark and orders him to fashion a tie pin out of it. When Nugget examines the brooch, he notices the engraving, "To Emily from Rocky," and becomes suspicious. Weeks later, Rocky, who has come to visit the Baldwins, witnesses another homesteading couple, Tremm and Cynthia Turner, being attacked. Rocky shoots several of the bandits and offers to help Tremm's father, U. S. Marshal John Turner, purchase land for the couple. At the land office, Rocky encounters a man named Dobson, who has been called in by McCabe to impersonate a land agent in order to sell off the bogus plots of government property. Rocky receives a deed to the land and then meets Nugget, who recognizes Rocky's name from the engraving on the brooch. At the same time, Tremm is recognized by McCabe, who threatens to reveal to the marshal that Tremm is wanted for murder in Nevada if he refuses to help the gang. On the way to Turner's camp, Rocky is ambushed by bandits, who steal the deed. The bandits escape and Rocky reluctantly informs the Turners of the robbery. When they ride back to the land office to report it, however, the real land agent has returned to his office, and Dobson is nowhere to be found. Although Rocky insists that he was duped by an impostor, Tremm challenges his honesty. Rocky is then arrested, but quickly escapes and apprehends one of the bandits, Cal Barker, and convinces Turner to lock them both up. Later, at the saloon, McCabe orders Tremm to release Barker from jail, and when Tremm refuses, he threatens to kill his father. That night, Tremm steals the key to Barker's jail cell and delivers it to McCabe's henchman, Gus, who orchestrates a jail break and wounds Turner. Nugget hides Rocky and shows him the brooch that McCabe brought in for alteration. Rocky and Nugget then interrogate Tremm until he admits that McCabe has been blackmailing him, and asks to join them in his fight against the crook. At the land office, Rocky and Nugget find the U.S. government land map with plots marked off for sale. They devise a plan to gather McCabe's phony deeds as evidence of his crime, and the next morning, Tremm convinces McCabe that he will steal the deeds from a group of homesteaders represented by Tom Samson. Dobson sells $3,000 worth of land to Samson, who is in on the scheme. After the transaction has taken place, Dobson casually inquires about the route Samson plans to take home, so that Gus will be able to follow them and retrieve the deeds. On the road, bandits fire on the homesteaders, who are forced to draw their wagons into a circle. Nugget and a sheriff's posse, which Rocky had summoned earlier, arrive at the scene, and after McCabe confesses, they arrest him. As Rocky prepares to leave the next morning, Nugget tempts him with a job offer, but he regretfully declines, bidding farewell to all.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 29, 1949
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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Notes

The film opens with a written prologue detailing the difficult passage made by homesteaders across the West. Although Irving M. Schoenberg is credited onscreen as editor, Harold Minter is listed in Hollywood Reporter production charts in that capacity.