Black Horse Canyon


1h 21m 1954

Film Details

Also Known As
Echo Canyon, Wild Horse Canyon
Release Date
Jun 1954
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Wild Horse by Les Savage, Jr. (New York, 1950).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m

Synopsis

While settling their new plot of Western rangeland, Del "Rock" Rockwell and his young partner, Ti Taylor, plan to round up some of the wild horses nearby to begin a horse ranch. Meanwhile, their neighbors, Doc Spain and his headstrong niece Aldis, spot Outlaw, the stallion that Aldis raised but lost years earlier due to his ability to open gates with his nose. Soon, Outlaw opens a gate in the Spains' pasture and releases the mares, and although Aldis almost manages to capture him, the stallion eludes her. Later, when Rock and Ti spot Outlaw, they admire his beauty and determine to capture him. They catch and pen up some wild mares to tempt him, not realizing that some of the mares have been freed by Outlaw but actually belong to the Spains and rival rancher Harry Jennings, whom Aldis despises because he once made unwelcome advances to her. The next morning, Rock and Ti begin work on their fence but are stopped by Jennings and his men, who tie them up and take them to the sheriff, accusing them of having stolen their horses. On the way into town, they stop at the Spains', where Aldis informs Jennings that Rock and Ti made an innocent mistake. Jennings decides to summon the sheriff, leaving Rock and Ti with Aldis, who is insulted by their assumption that she has lied on their behalf. Outside the ranch, Jennings schemes with his men to capture Outlaw in order to breed him, and in a subsequent attempt to corral the horse, Jennings' henchman is trampled. When the sheriff arrives at the Spains' and exonerates Rock and Ti, Jennings shows up and insists that Outlaw is a rogue who must be killed. Aldis protests, after which Rock convinces the sheriff to allow her one week to capture and tame the stallion before declaring the horse a menace. Aldis is pleased, until Rock once again insults her by suggesting that she needs a man to help her with her task. Rock and Ti spend the night in Aldis' barn. Ti is falling in love with Aldis, unaware that her maid, Juanita, is smitten with him. Later, Aldis uses her feminine wiles to persuade Rock to help her break Outlaw, but Rock refuses because he must secure his own ranch before winter. Later that night, Jennings approaches Rock and Ti in secret and offers to share the profits from Outlaw's brood if they will capture and hide the stallion for the next week. Although Rock and Ti reject the offer and instead decide to help Aldis, she assumes they are working against her. Therefore, when Rock and Ti try to trap Outlaw the next day, she shoots at Rock, who feigns an injury in order to lure her closer and lasso her. Finally, the misunderstanding is cleared up, and Rock and Ti agree to stay at the Spains' for the next weeks. Three days later, after Outlaw still eludes them, Jennings announces that he is hiring a notorious gunslinger to kill the horse in four days. As Rock and Ti build a stronger pen for Outlaw, Ti tells Rock he wants to declare his love to Aldis, and Rock, knowing that Aldis considers Ti a child, advises him to keep quiet. Ti leaves, after which Aldis appears and accidentally stumbles into Rock's arms, and the two kiss. Soon after, Doc and Aldis find Outlaw on the range and, with Rock's help, capture him. Jennings learns of their triumph and that night brings his henchmen to the pen, where they beat up Ti, who is standing guard, and free the horse. Upon discovering the loss, Aldis is ready to give up, but Rock insists on trying again. The next day, they track Outlaw to Echo Canyon and together trap the stallion. Within days, Outlaw is becoming slightly tamer, and Rock and Ti decide to return to their ranch. Before they leave, Ti rebuffs Juanita's attentions and vows to return to marry Aldis. Just then, Aldis is thrown by Outlaw when she tries to saddle him, and is chagrined by Rock's harsh scolding. Days later, however, she shows up at Rock's ranch in her prettiest dress to ask for help breaking Outlaw. Rock at first refuses but acquiesces at Ti's urging. Soon, they have Outlaw saddled, and although Rock knows Outlaw is not ready to be ridden, Ti, hoping to impress Aldis, mounts the bucking stallion. He is soon thrown, but is not hurt. Nonetheless, Aldis chastises Rock for letting Ti ride, and in response Rock orders her to stop encouraging Ti's affections. Their subsequent quarrel ends in a passionate kiss, which Ti witnesses. Ti punches Rock, and when Rock prepares to fight back, Aldis begs him not to hurt "the child." Devastated, Ti prepares to leave, and Rock, knowing he cannot protect Ti forever, lets him go without a word. Rock then mounts Outlaw, after which a hidden Jennings opens the gate, knowing that Rock will not be able to control the stallion outside the pen. Jennings and his henchman then shoot in the air to frighten Outlaw, and Ti, who has stopped in the nearby hills, hears the shots and returns. Together, Rock and Ti fight off Jennings and his man while Aldis ropes Outlaw. With their rivals beaten, Rock and Ti shake hands, and Ti and Aldis together coerce Rock to set a wedding date.

Film Details

Also Known As
Echo Canyon, Wild Horse Canyon
Release Date
Jun 1954
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Wild Horse by Les Savage, Jr. (New York, 1950).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working titles of this film were Echo Canyon and Wild Horse Canyon. According to a November 2, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, Chill Wills was originally cast as "Doc Spain," but could not participate in the film due to an eye injury. Studio press materials note that the picture was shot on location in Guadalupe Canyon, AZ.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 1954

Released in United States Spring May 1954