Flashing Guns


59m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Quite possibly the dullest of all the films in the Monogram series with Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton, with Hatton in a role normally played by the likes of character actors Steve Clark or Frank LaRue, and excessive footage given to Riley Hill, always capable of bringing a scene to a grinding halt. Rancher Amos Shelby (Raymond Hatton)has one day left to pay off a loan on his ranch, and sends son Freddie (Riley Hill) to tell banker Ainsworth (James E. Logan)that it will be paid on time. Freddie is forced to reveal to gambler Ripley (Ted Adams), to whom he is in debt, that his sister Ann (Jan Bryant)is bringing the money from Silana. Ripley's me waylay the girl and she is rescued by Johnny Mack (Johnny Mack Brown). Ainsworth has Longden (Douglas Evans)forge old man Shelby's signature to predated papers. Johnny gets Shelby's money back from Ripley and kills the gambler gambler when he attempts to take it away from Freddie. Ainsworth informs Amos he is too late to pay his loan and shows him the forged papers. Amos kills one of Longden's henchmen when the gang tries to take over the ranch. Judge Pool (Frank LaRue) sets him free of the murder charge but gives him three days to clear the ranch. Johnny discovers that Ainsworth is after ore he knows is on the ranch property. Henchman Sagebrush (Jack O'Shea) is captured by a ruse, and reveals Ainsworth's plot to Johnny. Freddie is saved from a posse after he robs the bank of a poster revealing Longdon to be a forger. Ainsworth and the gang is captured by Johnny, and Amos recovers his ranch.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

On the day that his mortgage loan on his ranch is due, Amos Shelby tells his son Fred to notify the banker, Ainsworth, that the money is on the way. Fred's sister Ann is bringing the money from a nearby town because Fred is a compulsive gambler and cannot be trusted. When Fred enters the town saloon, Ripley, a crooked dealer, orders him to pay his gambling debt out of the mortgage money, and, while Sagebrush, one of Ripley's men, guards Fred, Duke, Ripley's henchman, ambushes Ann and steals the money. Ann is rescued by a stranger named Johnny Mack, who accompanies her home, then goes to town to investigate the heist. He finds Fred gambling with the remaining mortgage money, and catches Ripley using a marked deck. Johnny deftly holds up Ripley, and Fred absconds with $2,000. When Ripley draws his gun, Johnny shoots him dead in self-defense. Ainsworth, meanwhile, has asked Longdon, the saloon proprietor, to forge Amos' signature on a loan note dated the previous day. When Amos arrives with the $2,000, Ainsworth insists he is one day too late. Mr. Cannon, a member of a mining syndicate, arrives in town to make a deal with Ainsworth, and Johnny suspects that there is a fortune in precious ore on the Shelby property. With Sheriff Ed Newman conveniently out of town, Ainsworth sends Longdon and his men to seize the Shelby land. While Johnny finds nuggets of silver, a gunfight starts at the ranch. Although Johnny gets Longdon to agree to a truce, Longdon breaks his word, and Amos is forced to shoot Duke. The sheriff arrives in the middle of the mêlée and hauls Amos and Longdon into court. The judge chastises Longdon for serving a writ without the permission of the court, and dismisses the murder charge against Amos. The judge cannot arrest Ainsworth for fraud, however, without proof that Amos' signature was forged, and gives Amos three days to vacate his land. Johnny then tells Amos to spread the word that Johnny has left town to fetch a handwriting expert. Longdon sends Sagebrush and Dishpan to hold up Johnny and his friend, Mike Foley, on their way back to town, and Johnny is ready for them. While Fred searches Ainsworth's office, Johnny and Mike intimidate Sagebrush into confessing who sent him. Fred is caught in the bank by Longdon and flees. Again in the absence of the sheriff, Longdon forms his own "posse" to bring in Fred and hold him hostage until Amos agrees to give up the ranch. Back at the ranch, Amos pretends to be crazy with vengeance and scares Sagebrush into confessing that Ainsworth and Longdon are co-conspirators. Longdon issues Amos an ultimatum: he will not free Fred until Foley has left town and Sagebrush has been released. While Longdon schemes to shoot Fred, but report that he was trying to escape, Johnny and Amos plan their own ambush. Johnny shoots Longdon to save Fred, then aids Amos in bringing down the gang. Later, the sheriff has arrested Ainsworth, and Amos reports that Cannon's down payment on the silver mine has made him a rich man. Ann makes Johnny promise to return, while Fred assures Johnny that he has sworn off gambling.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Harvey Gates appears in two reviews as the writer of the film's original screenplay; a studio production sheet found in copyright records shows, however, that Frank H. Young replaced him. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Don Weston, Stanley Ellison, Dick Reinhart and Jesse Ashlock to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.