Hills of Oklahoma


1h 7m 1950

Brief Synopsis

In this remake of Gene Autry's 1942 "Call of the Canyon", Rex Allen (Rex Allen), the newly-elected head of the cattleman's association, is driving the combined herds of the ranchers to the nearest railhead when he runs into trouble. The drive is stopped by Brock Stevens (Robert Karnes), whose father is a power in the meat-packing industry, and whose ownership of the railroad spur line enables him to deal ruthlessly with the local ranchers. Rex and the other ranchers are elated when Brock agrees to pay fair-market price for the cattle until they learn the exorbitant loading fees he charges will eat up their profits. The only alternative is to drive the herd to the main line railroad at Big Bow, but to do so means Brock will crack down on them for the $10,000 feed bill they owe his company. Rex starts to Tulsa to borrow the needed money, after ending a move by Hank (Trevore Bardette), the lone dissenter among the ranchers and actually in league with the Stevens crowd. Brock sends his foreman, Webb (Lane Bradford), to stop Rex and his sidekick Jigg (Fuzzy Knight) and when this fails, Brock contacts his father, Charles Stevens (Robert Emmett Keane) in Tulsa. Whens the elder Stevens learns that Rex is appealing to Kate Carney (Elizabeth Risdon), owner of a rival packing company, he sets a plan in action to undermine Rex's appeal for a loan.

Film Details

Release Date
May 1, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono, Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,997ft

Synopsis

When Oklahoma ranchers Rex Allen and his friend, Scotty Davis, decide to take their cattle to market, they unite their herds with those of neighboring ranchers. Rex then uses the ranchers' alliance in his negotiations with meatpackers Brock and Charlie Stevens, obtaining what he thinks is a fair price for rail transport. The next morning, the ranchers drive the herd toward the "spur," or connecting railroad line, where Rex believes they will be able to load the cattle onto cattle cars. Several days later, after the ranchers stop to make camp, Brock arrives to tell them that unless they can pay an additional ten thousand dollars, they will be forced to load their herd at the main line, which is still several days' drive away. Determined not to be taken advantage of, Rex convinces the other ranchers to continue to Tusla, where they can strike a new deal with cattle broker Kate Carney. One of the ranchers, Hank, is working secretly for the brothers and tries to persuade the others to accept their offer, but the group decides to push on. When the herd nears Tulsa, Rex and another rancher named Jigg ride ahead to meet with Kate. As they ride along, the Stevens' gang attacks their wagon, and then quickly rides away. Unharmed, Rex and Jigg continue on to Tulsa. When they arrive, Kate welcomes them warmly until Charlie phones to inform her that Rex is the nephew of Luther Wilcox. Kate, who was cheated by Wilcox years ago, rudely demands that they leave. Rex has no sooner returned to the ranchers' camp near Whipporwill, when he sees Kate arriving with her secretary, Sharon Forbes. Kate explains that she has changed her mind, and promises to inspect the herd in the morning. The next morning, while Kate is still sleeping, the gang flies an airplane low over the area and causes a stampede. When they fly low over the wagon in which Kate and Sharon are trying to escape, it topples over. Kate and Sharon quickly duck behind the wagon and narrowly avoid being trampled to death. After Rex guesses that the Stevens brothers are behind the attack, he urges the ranchers to drive the herd through dry Brimstone Valley and promises to punch wells along the way to prevent the cattle from losing any more weight. The ranchers agree to forge ahead, and the next day, after the group pitches camp, Hank hits rancher Joe Brant on the head. Later, Brock insults Rex by offering to buy the herd for a fraction of its worth. At the Big Bow Hotel, Charlie and Hank show Kate a receipt to prove that they have just purchased the herd. When Kate informs Rex about the receipt, he accuses Hank of stealing it from his wallet. Hank is arrested, and after Rex and Jigg finally get a good price for their cattle, they bid Kate and Sharon goodbye.

Film Details

Release Date
May 1, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono, Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,997ft

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