Bandits of the Badland


55m 1945

Brief Synopsis

When Sunset's brother is murdered, he quits the Rangers and heads out to find the killer. Posing as a prison escapee gets him into the secret hideout of the gang he suspects. He shows the murder bullet to the gunsmith. But the gunsmith, to satisfy a personal grudge, identifies his enemy instead as the owner of the murder weapon.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 14, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

In 1880, Texas Ranger Sunset Carson is pleased to receive a letter from his younger brother Steve, who announces that he has graduated from medical school and will be joining Sunset soon. Sunset's reveries are interrupted by a frantic rancher declaring that rustlers have raided his herd. The Rangers ride after the outlaws in the hope of finding the secret trail to their hideout in Kincaid's Hole. During the chase, Sunset wounds rustler Ed McKinnon, and Ed's brother Kort hides him in a nearby cave. The McKinnons' cohort, Duke Lee, then hijacks an incoming stagecoach in order to transport Ed to a hospital, but when Kort discovers that the only passenger, Steve, is a doctor, he orders him to save Ed's life. Steve's efforts fail, however, and Kort, who has learned that Steve is Sunset's brother, shoots and kills him and sends his body to town with stagecoach driver Banty. Sunset is devastated, and although Banty did not see the killer, he promises Sunset that he can identify the man who hijacked the stage. Sunset finds the cartridge from the gun that killed Steve, then quits the Rangers in order to seek revenge on his own. Banty accompanies Sunset, who is disguised as an escaped convict, and the pair free a prisoner named Keller as he is being taken to jail. Keller takes them to Kincaid's Hole, where they meet Burl Kohler, the gang's leader. They also meet gunsmith Pop Wayne and his daughter Hallie, who are being held in the outlaw community against their will. Soon after their arrival, Banty tries to find the hijacker while Sunset tries to become accepted by the gang. Problems arise when Sunset defends Hallie from the attentions of Duke, but after Kohler demands that the two men fight it out in the "lion pit," Sunset emerges the winner. Kohler then taunts Duke into challenging Sunset to a gunfight, and Sunset is forced to shoot Duke in self-defense. Banty, who has recognized Duke, reprimands Sunset for shooting him, as only Duke could reveal the name of Steve's killer. Sunset is determined to find the truth, however, and promises to help Pop and Hallie escape Kincaid's Hole if Pop will identify the cartridge that Sunset found in the cave where Steve was killed. Although Pop knows that the cartridge came from Ed's gun, and that Kort is therefore the murderer, he tells Sunset that Kohler is responsible in the hope that Sunset will kill the hated outlaw. Meanwhile, Banty tells Hallie the truth about his and Sunset's presence at the hideout and she helps him sneak out to fetch the Rangers. Hallie urges Sunset not to become an outlaw himself by killing Kohler, and then tells him that Kort is the real culprit after Pop admits that he lied about the cartridge. As Sunset goes into the saloon to find Kort, Banty arrives with the Rangers and a shootout ensues. Kohler and Pop shoot and kill each other during the fray, and Sunset escapes with Kort, then takes him to the cave where Steve died and reveals his identity. The two men are fighting furiously when some of the Rangers arrive and prevent Sunset from killing Kort. Kort is sentenced to die for his crimes, and later, Banty urges Sunset to propose marriage to Hallie, who happily accepts.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 14, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Modern sources add Horace B. Carpenter, Henry Wills, Foxy O'Callahan and Bob Reeves to the cast of this film.