Fighting Bill Carson


51m 1945

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 31, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Sigmund Neufeld Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
51m
Film Length
4,712ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

In the "Wild West" days of Texas, soon after the legalization of banking, a payroll wagon carrying a great amount of money is ambushed and robbed near the small town of Eureka by outlaws Steve, his brother Cass, and Joe. During the holdup, Billy Carson, a fighter for justice with a reputation of being "bad news to bandits," kills Steve and rescues passengers Clay Allison, the man responsible for getting the banking system legalized, and Clay's niece, Jeanne Darcey. Back in Eureka, the townspeople praise Clay's successful lobbying of the state legislature and nominate him to head the new town bank. As he is actually the man behind the payroll raid and plans to rob the bank after winning the town's trust, Clay refuses the post. Instead, the town nominates storekeeper Fuzzy Jones to head the bank. Cass, meanwhile, vows to avenge his brother's death and, with the help of Joe, starts a fight with Billy at the general store. After helping Billy fight off the attackers, Fuzzy takes charge of the bank and puts the new safe into use. Jeanne, who keeps both her family ties and her criminal ties to her uncle a secret, takes a job as a teller at the bank, and immediately reports the combination of the safe to Clay. She also tells Clay that Billy and Fuzzy are beginning to suspect that Clay was the one who took a shot at Billy on his way to town. Sensing trouble, Clay orders Joe to ambush Billy and deliver him to a location where Cass and Joe can "take care of him." Using Jeanne as bait, the bandits nearly succeed in luring Billy into their trap until Billy starts a gun battle and escapes. Soon after Billy returns to town, Clay robs the safe. Billy later overhears Jeanne call Clay her "uncle," and begins to suspect that they are both behind the robbery. To trap Clay and his cronies, Billy casts suspicion of the theft upon himself, and then visits Clay with news that Jeanne has confessed her involvement in the crime. Joe, hidden behind a curtain, tries to shoot Billy, but Billy draws first and kills the outlaw. Billy and Clay then engage in a bruising fistfight, and Billy eventually overpowers Clay and forces him to confess and return the stolen money. Just as Jeanne begs Billy's forgiveness for her involvement in the theft, Cass accidentally kills her with a bullet meant for Billy. Billy then shoots Cass, putting the last of the outlaws out of commission once and for all.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 31, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Sigmund Neufeld Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
51m
Film Length
4,712ft (6 reels)

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Notes

Although the film's title gives the main character's first name as "Bill," he is called "Billy" in the film and is listed in the cast credits as "Billy." Modern sources add Wally West, Jimmy Aubrey, George Morrell, Ray Jones and Augie Gomez to the cast. For more information on the "Billy Carson" series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for Devil Riders.