Cast & Crew
Pursued by police across Mexican range land, American Linley Vanner seeks refuge in the adobe hut of Father Gomez. That night, an exhausted Lin, whose arm is injured, finally reveals his story to the priest: A year earlier, Lin is working as a supervisor at an oil field when he hears that the company's payroll has been stolen and several guards who were protecting it, murdered. Lin is coaxed by his fiancée Luana to join the robbery posse, which is being led by company president Earl C. Mahoney. At first Lin refuses to consider the idea, but changes his mind when he develops a strong feeling about where the robber, whom witness Mahoney has described as "American," might have gone. On his own, Lin rides to a mountain pass and there encounters Sam Tevlin. Assuming that Sam is the robber, Lin orders him to surrender, and when Sam raises only one arm and starts yelling at him, Lin opens fire. The wounded Sam protests the shooting, saying that because of an injury, he could only raise one arm to surrender. Lin dismisses Sam's complaint and leads him at gunpoint back to the oil fields. There Lin turns Sam over to the police and is offered a $2,000 reward. When Lin later speaks with Sam, who denies committing the robbery, and watches him die from his gunshot wound, he refuses to accept the money. Disappointed by Lin's seeming lack of ambition, Luana breaks their engagement, and Lin quits his post. Lin then offers to travel with Sam's body to Los Santos, where Sam's widow Ellen is waiting to receive it. Slipping silently away from the train depot, Lin heads for the nearest cantina and runs into his friend, Carlos, who gives him a newspaper clipping featuring Lin's photograph and a story about his "heroic" capture. Later, Lin takes a job at another oil field, but soon quits and returns to Los Santos. Introducing himself as Linley Brown, Lin visits Ellen and her young son Mike at their now rundown ranch. When Ellen assumes that he has come in response to an advertised ranch foreman job, Lin plays into her confusion and convinces her to hire him. Soon after he begins work, however, Ellen sneaks into his room and finds Carlos' newspaper clipping. Over the next several months, Ellen exacts her revenge on the unsuspecting Lin by ordering him to work day and night and slighting him whenever they are alone together. Lin, who has grown close to Mike, finally deduces what has happened and confronts Ellen about her behavior. When Ellen's pent-up fury explodes, Lin accuses her of attacking him not for Sam's wrongful death, but for Sam's selfish neglect of her and Mike. Her anger spent, Ellen admits that her marriage was indeed loveless and gives in to her romantic feelings for Lin. Lin and Ellen then marry, but immediately after the ceremony, they discover Mike crying because the other children have called him the "bandito's" son. Determined to clear Sam's name, the guilt-ridden Lin returns to Mahoney's oil field and questions Juan Valdez, the only guard who survived the robbery. When the nervous Valdez inaccurately retells his robbery story, Lin becomes convinced that he is lying, but is unable to extract any definite information from him, as he immediately hangs himself from a church bell. Undaunted, Lin bribes a clerk at Mahoney's headquarters and inspects the company files. Later, he shows up at Mahoney's hacienda and confronts him with files that reveal that the oilman had used the stolen payroll money to finance another oil field. Lin then accuses Mahoney of committing the robbery himself and of framing Sam, whom he had encountered by accident in the mountains, for the crime. When Mahoney tries to draw a gun from his desk, Lin knocks it out of his hand, and the two men struggle. While defending himself, Lin kills Mahoney with a sharp blow and, out of fear for his life, flees. Lin tries to escape by train, but is spotted by police and injures his arm while climbing a barbed wire fence. The police then descend on Ellen's ranch and learn of Lin's whereabouts at the same time she does. When the police surround the priest's hut, Lin begins firing on them, claiming that, like the man he shot in haste, he cannot raise his arm to surrender. After Ellen risks her own life to be with him, however, Lin realizes that he must let go of his guilt so that he can lift his arm and surrender. Bolstered by Ellen's love, Lin gives himself up with both arms raised and rides off with the police.
Rudolfo Hoyos Jr.
Walter "lucky" Stevens
William E. Flannery
John Mccarthy Jr.
Richard E. Tyler
Teresa Wright (1918-2005)
She was born Muriel Teresa Wright in New York City on October 27, 1918. She showed a keen interest in acting in grade school, and by the time she was 19, she made her Broadway debut in Thorton Wilder's Our Town (1938); the following year she scored a hit as Mary, the weeping ingénue in Life with Father (1939). The word was out that New York had a superb young acting talent on hand, and Samuel Goldwyn soon brought her to Hollywood for William Wyler's adaptation of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1941). She scored an Oscar® nomination for her film debut as Regina Giddens' (Bette Davis), honorable daughter, Alexandria.
She maintained her amazing momentum by scoring two Oscar® nominations the following year for her next two films: as Carol Miniver in Wyler's Mrs. Miniver (Best Supporting Actress Category), and as Lou Gehrig's (Gary Cooper) faithful wife Ellie in Pride of the Yankees (Best Actress Category), and won the Oscar for Miniver. Yet for most fans of Wright's work, her finest hour remains her perfectly modulated performance as young Charlie in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Shadow of a Doubt (1943). Wright's performance as the self-effacing, impressionable young niece who gradually realizes that her beloved uncle (Joseph Cotton) may have murdered several widows is effective since Wright's air of observation, subtly turns from idol gazing, to a watchful air of caution as the facts slowly being to unravel. 60 years on, fans of Hitchcock still acclaim Wright's performance as an integral part of the film's classic status.
She proved her talents in comedy with the delightful Casanova Brown (1944), but then saw her schedule slow down due to domesticity. After she married screenwriter Niven Busch in 1942, she gave birth to son, Niven Jr., in 1944, and took two years off to look after her family. She soon returned to film with another Wyler project, the Oscar®-winning, post war drama, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), playing Fredric March's level-headed daughter, Peggy, she again took some time off after giving birth to her daughter, Mary in 1947. On her second attempt to return to the big screen, Wright found her popularity on the wane. Her wholesome image was in sharp contrast of the tougher, more modern women in post-war Hollywood, and her stubborn refusal to pose for any swimsuit or cheesecake photos to alter her image led to her release from Sam Goldwyn's contract.
As a freelance actress, Wright still found some good roles, notably as a young widow in the thriller scripted by her husband, in The Capture; and as a faithful fiancée trying to help Marlin Brandon deal with his amputation in Stanley Kramer's The Men (both 1950). Yet within a few years, she was playing middle-aged mothers in film like The Actress (1953), and The Track of the Cat (1954), even though she was still in her early '30s. By the mid-50s she found work in live television, where she could apply her stage training, in a number of acclaimed shows: Playhouse 90, General Electric Theater, Four Star Playhouse, and The United States Steel Hour.
She took a break from acting when she married her second husband, the playwright Robert Anderson in 1959, (she had divorced her first husband, Busch, in 1952) and was out of the public eye for several decades, save for an isolated theater appearance. When she did return, it was intermittent, but she was always worth watching. In James Ivory's Roseland (1977), a portrait of the New York dancehall; she was poignant as a talkative widow obsessed with her late husband; and as an enigmatic old actress in Somewhere in Time, she nearly stole the picture from leads, Christopher Reeve and Jayne Seymour. She was still active in the '90s, appearing a few hit shows: Murder, She Wrote, Picket Fences; and a final film role in John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997). She is survived by her son, Niven; daughter, Mary; and two grandchildren.
by Michael T. Toole
Teresa Wright (1918-2005)
The working titles of this film were Daybreak and Guilt. According to a May 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item, RKO was forced to change the title from Daybreak to Guilt because of protests from J. Arthur Rank, whose British film Daybreak had opened in London in May 1948. Niven Busch's screen credit reads: "Written and produced by Niven Busch." Throughout the film, the character of "Lin" provides offscreen narration. A March 1949 Los Angeles Times news item announced that the film was to be shot at Nassour Studios, which controlled Showtime Properties, but Hollywood Reporter production charts and news items indicate that the film was made at Republic Studios. Some scenes in the picture were filmed in Pioneertown, CA, according to Hollywood Reporter. Although Film Daily and Motion Picture Herald list the film's running time as 81 minutes, this length is probably an error. The Los Angeles Times news item noted that United Artists was first considered as distributor.