Ghost Town


60m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 15, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William Berke
Distribution Company
Astor Pictures Corp.; Commodore Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Old desert rats Abe Rankin and Dan McCall hope to revive the ghost town of Seward by investing $10,000 in their Royal Flush mine. Ed Gannon, a crook in Rankin's employ, learns that McCall is arriving with the cash, and Gannon and his accomplices, Blackie Hawkes and Murrell, who months before had sent moll Rose to open up a boardinghouse in the ghost town so that they might profit from the mine, try to hold McCall up. When he is attacked, McCall is aided by Cheyenne Harry Morgan, a kind stranger, who returns the thieves' gunfire. When McCall's car crashes, Cheyenne retrieves the money and hides while the crooks search for it and leave McCall for dead. Gannon reports to the sheriff, and his posse finds the money on Cheyenne and arrests him for murder, unaware that he has mended McCall's wounds and hidden him in the mine for safekeeping. The sheriff orders young miner Bud Ellis to guard the money at the sheriff's house while his daughter, Billie Blair, brings dinner to Cheyenne in his cell. Cheyenne secretly drags the keys into the cell and tells Billy to get a doctor for McCall, then escapes. Meanwhile, the crooks hold up Bud and flee with the money, then Cheyenne arrives, unties him and tells him that McCall is still alive. Later, in the darkness of the mine, Cheyenne holds up the crooks, who are hiding in the tunnel, then sets off dynamite when the crooks discover Bud rescuing McCall. The sheriff, still after Cheyenne, enters in time and apprehends the real criminals. The explosion exposes the Royal Flush's mother lode and McCall and Rankin become rich bankers. When Cheyenne is ready to leave town, they give him a one-hundred dollar loan and Cheyenne offers his stubborn mule, Aloysius, as security.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 15, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William Berke
Distribution Company
Astor Pictures Corp.; Commodore Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

Variety reviewed this film twice, once at 56 minutes and once at 65. Actor Harry Carey portrayed the character "Cheyenne Harry" in many shorts and feature films during the late 1910s. All of the Cheyenne Harry films were produced by Universal Film Mfg. Co. Straight Shooting, made in 1917, was the first Cheyenne Harry feature, and A Gun Fightin' Gentleman, released in late 1919, was the last. These two films, as well as many others featuring the character, were directed by John Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1738 and F1.4276). The character was apparently revived for this one film only.