Marshal of Cripple Creek


56m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Tom Lambert arrives and Long John Case gets him into trouble. To protect his wife and son he refuses to talk and is sent to prison. Long John then gets Lambert's son into his outlaw gang but Lambert is told the boy's problems are caused by Red Ryder. So Lambert breaks prison planning to kill Red.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 15, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "Red Ryder" created by Fred Harman (1938--1964), by special arrangement with Stephen Slesinger.

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

After wandering cowboy Red Ryder witnesses a wagon being hijacked near the gold rush town of Cripple Creek, Wyoming, he captures one of the outlaws with the help of his pal, Little Beaver. At a ranchers' meeting at Long John Lacey's saloon, a miner named Baker is nominated for the job of marshal. Long John, who co-owns a gold mine with Baker, offers to contribute to the new marshal's salary. Just then, Little Beaver enters with news of the captured outlaw, and the citizens persuade Red to act as marshal until a permanent one can be found. Later, at the saloon, when a gambler named Billy loses a game of cards to dealer Link, Billy accuses him of stacking the deck. After the saloon has closed, outlaw Tom Lambert breaks in, planning to rob it, but is seen by Baker, who offers him $500 to stock his mine with gold ore. Later, Link and the bandits rob the wagon carrying Baker's gold shipment, and after Tom warns the bandits that Red is bringing a posse to look for them, the gang decides to ambush the men in a ravine. During the attack, Tom is shot, and the gang flees without him. While the doctor tends to Tom's wound, Tom's wife Mae and their son Dick arrive at the saloon, where they are greeted by Red and The Duchess. Tom recovers, and is sentenced to life in prison. While Tom is in prison, Long John recruits Dick to join the gang. When Red sees Dick inside the saloon, he orders him out because he is underage, and Link and Red fight. Red then discovers that Dick has been cheating at cards and is forced to arrest him. At the jail, however, Long John announces that the charges against Dick have been dropped, and the boy is released. After Link gets drunk and shoots at Red, he is sentenced to the state penitentiary, where he is given the cell next to Tom's. During their stay at the penitentiary, Link convinces Tom that Red has singled Dick out for harassment. Later, Mae and The Duchess visit Dick at Baker's mine, where he has taken a job. Tom escapes from prison and returns to Cripple Creek to look for Red. When he finds Red, Tom pulls a gun, but Little Beaver knocks it out of Tom's hand. He and Red hog-tie Tom until Mae arrives and sets him free. Meanwhile, Red plans to hide inside one of the wagons carrying the gold ore. When Tom offers to help the gang with the robbery, Long John tells him to go with Dick to the lookout point. Once alone, Tom chastises Dick for his life of crime and tells him to quit the gang immediately. The gang then hijacks the wagon and takes it to the mine, where Red jumps out and attacks Tom. As he tries to escape with Red, Tom is shot in the back by Baker. Baker warns Long John that Red is coming to arrest him, and when Red arrives, Baker is poised to shoot him. Again, Little Beaver comes to the rescue, breaking a bottle over Baker's head, who is then placed in custody. After Baker is sent to jail, Red is forced to quit his marshal's job because there is no more crime in Cripple Creek.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 15, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "Red Ryder" created by Fred Harman (1938--1964), by special arrangement with Stephen Slesinger.

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

Marshal of Cripple Creek was the last entry in Republic's "Red Ryder" series. In 1949, Equity Pictures released four films starring Jim Bannon as "Red." For more information on the "Red Ryder" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Tucson Raiders.