The Buckskin Lady


1h 6m 1957

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1957
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 26 Jun 1957
Production Company
Bishop-Hittleman Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Chatsworth--Iverson Ranch, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m

Synopsis

In the tiny Nevada town of Bitter Water, alcoholic Doc Medley invites stage line passengers, waiting for their coach to be readied for the next leg of their journey, to play poker in the nearby saloon with his daughter Angela, an expert player. One day, a passenger becomes irate at losing, upends the card table and is shot in the arm by local gunman Slinger, who is courting the disinterested Angie. Unknown to Angie, Doc has decided to sell his moribund medical practice and has advertised it in glowing terms in a Boston newspaper. Dr. Bruce Merritt buys the practice for two hundred and fifty dollars and travels to Bitter Water, but is quickly disillusioned by the practice and the town. Although Doc and Angie are almost broke, she offers to refund Bruce his money with winnings from the poker table. Much to Slinger's dislike, Angie and Bruce are attracted to each other, and so Slinger attempts to convince Bruce to leave town by beating him up. Angie still hopes that if she can repay Bruce, he will stay and their romance will blossom. After Angie wins one hundred and fifty dollars from three stage passengers, Slinger challenges her to play to win another hundred, but she loses most of her previous earnings to him. Upon realizing that Slinger beat her with marked cards, Angie goes to his room to confront him. Alerted by town character Lon that Angie is in trouble, Bruce hurries to the room where Slinger is tussling with Angie, but misinterprets Angie's presence as being motivated by her romantic interest in Slinger. Later, Bruce opens his own medical practice in a barn while Angie, resigned to a life without him, starts drinking and offers to marry Slinger for a price. Although her father strongly opposes the union, Angie gives Slinger's money to her father then leaves for a nearby city to get married. After Lon explains to Bruce that Angie was in Slinger's room to recover money she had won to pay Bruce back, Bruce sends Lon after Angie with a conciliatory note, while he attends to a sick child. Meanwhile, in Butte City, Slinger says he has no money left to pay for a preacher, so Angie suggests that he sell his guns. Instead, Slinger uses his guns to rob a bank, although Angie tries to stop him. As they flee on horseback with over four thousand dollars, Angie is shot in the shoulder. While the banker and the sheriff organize a posse and ride after them, Angie pleads with Slinger to return the cash, but he thinks that she wants him jailed so that she can return to Bruce. As the posse catches up with them, Slinger throws the money into the air to divert them and rides off with the unwilling Angie. Lon trails them and, while attempting to deliver Bruce's note, is shot and left for dead by Slinger. Lon manages to ride back to Bitter Water where, with his dying breath, he tells Bruce where to find Angie. When they camp that night, Angie, still suffering from her shoulder wound, manages to steal one of Slinger's guns, and after ordering him to give her the other, tells him she intends to take him back to Bitter Water to hang for Lon's death. Angie's wound and lack of sleep cause her to drop her guard, and when Slinger tries to attack her, she shoots at him. Searching for them nearby, Bruce hears the gunshot and rides into the camp. While Angie holds Slinger at gunpoint, Bruce removes the bullet from her shoulder. When Slinger attempts to overpower them, he and Bruce struggle for possession of the gun. Slinger wins and threatens to kill Bruce, after which he orders Angie to drop her gun. However, Bruce tricks Slinger, allowing Angie to pick up the gun and kill Slinger. Angie and Bruce then embrace.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1957
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 26 Jun 1957
Production Company
Bishop-Hittleman Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Chatsworth--Iverson Ranch, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m

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Notes

Hollywood Reporter news items of late November and December 1954 reported that Howco Productions, Inc. had made a deal with Carl K. Hittleman to produce and direct The Buckskin Lady. The film was to star Cathy Downs and Lance Fuller and was expected to begin in February 1955. Hittleman, Downs and Fuller had just finished shooting Kentucky Rifle for Howco (see below). An May 18, 1956 Daily Variety news item stated that Carl K. Hittleman Productions had purchased an original screenplay by Francis S. Chase, Jr. and planned to begin shooting the film in Jul. The Buckskin Lady was the only film made by Bishop-Hittleman Pictures, Inc. Frank N. Bishop, a Nevada rancher, was Hittleman's partner in the company, according to a August 28, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item.
       A August 27, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Bill Hale, Norman Fredric, Norma Leavitt, Paul McGuire, Herman Hack and Mike Garrett to the cast, but their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to an August 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was partially shot on location at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA. August and October 1956 Hollywood Reporter news items reported that three different endings "with the villain being killed off in three different ways," were shot, with the filmmakers letting distributor United Artists decide which one would be used. Although The Buckskin Lady was not the first film in which well-known husband-and-wife character actors Dorothy Adams and Byron Foulger appeared together, it was the first film in which they both received onscreen credit.