Crooked River


56m 1950

Brief Synopsis

After Shamrock breaks up a stage robbery attempt by Kent and his men, he trails them to their hideout. Posing as an outlaw he joins them and meets their leader Lucky. But Kent and the others soon quit Lucky to go with the more famous outlaw Gentry. Shamrock learns of their plans and organizes a posse to face them in a showdown.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hostile Country
Release Date
Apr 24, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
4,990ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

In 1860, as they travel west along the Crooked River, "Shamrock" Ellison and his parents are attacked by the Gentry gang. The gang shoots and kills Shamrock's father and steals a ring on which his initials have been engraved, and Shamrock swears revenge. Sometime later, a posse is formed, and $5,000 is offered for the location of the mountain cabin serving as the gang's hideout. Later, a sheriff known as the Colonel meets with Shamrock's friend, the Deacon, and promises that the stagecoach carrying his gold shipment will be safe from the gang. When rival gang leader Lucky, who is seeking only enough money to send his sister Ann east, learns of the shipment, he instructs his henchman Kent and his gang to put on their masks and attack the stagecoach. Shamrock shoots and wounds Gentry's man Butch after he sees him shoot The Deacon. Later, Shamrock is deputized by the Colonel and goes to Lucky's house, where his gang is hiding out. When he knocks at the kitchen door and pretends to be a lost traveler, Lucky's sister Ann refuses to let him in. Determined, Shamrock goes around to the front door to knock, but by the time Ann crosses the room to answer it, he has slipped through the kitchen door and seated himself at the table. Shamrock then asks for food, which Ann reluctantly serves after being ordered to do so by Gentry. When Shamrock mentions that he knows some first aid techniques, Gentry asks him to examine Butch. Later, Shamrock determines that the bullet has become lodged near Butch's lung and promises to take him to the doctor in the morning. Later, when they are alone together, Kent grabs Ann and begins kissing her roughly, but she succeeds in fighting him off. The next morning, after Butch has seen the doctor, Shamrock asks the Colonel if it was the Gentry gang who killed his parents, but he cannot be sure. Later, Ann overhears Kent, who does not like Lucky's rule against killing, convincing the rest of the gang to join up with Gentry's gang and reports this to Lucky. When Lucky arrives at the cabin, he finds Kent attacking Ann and tosses lye powder into his eyes, which temporarily blinds him. Before Lucky can fire at Kent, Shamrock arrives and shoots the weapon from his hand. Later, Shamrock notices his father's ring sitting on a shelf in the kitchen, and Ann explains that Kent gave it to her. At the jail, the sheriff and his deputies tie white handkerchiefs around their necks so that Shamrock will be able to distinguish them from the bandits when they come to his aid. Later, Kent leaves the cabin for a moment, and Ann rushes downstairs to hide in the cellar. Shamrock breaks into the cabin to wait for Kent, who returns shortly. When Kent creeps into Ann's bedroom, Lucky, who is hiding in the dark, shoots him. Later, the posse arrives and captures the gang, while Shamrock shoots Gentry, before being shot and killed himself.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hostile Country
Release Date
Apr 24, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
4,990ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The working title of the film was Hostile Country.