Range Beyond the Blue


53m 1947

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 17, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
53m

Synopsis

In the 1880s, while Margie Rogers, the owner of an Arizona stagecoach line between Phoenix and Yucca City, is transporting a gold shipment, she, her assistant, and Yucca City sheriff William Carter are ambushed by a gang of masked outlaws. After the sheriff is wounded during the attack, two strangers, Eddie Dean and Soapy Jones, happen by and, with guns blazing, chase off the bandits before they can claim the gold. Later, in Yucca City, insurance agent Kirk Mason informs Margie that her premiums have gone up once again because of the continued holdups plaguing her line. Margie, who worries that the holdups will eventually drive her into bankruptcy, is then summoned to the office of her uncle, banker Henry Rogers, who tells her she is suspected of tipping off the bandits about gold shipments. Rogers offers to buy the stageline in order to avert scandal, but the proud Maggie refuses to give up her business. That night, during a barbeque at Margie's ranch, Eddie and Soapy catch Lash Taggert, the outlaws' leader, trespassing. Eddie and Soapy recognize Taggert's bandana from the holdup, and Soapy, who has been appointed Yucca City's temporary sheriff, arrests Taggert, who then escapes. Eddie speculates that Kirk might also be involved in the robberies because, as the stageline's insurance agent, he knows the dates of the gold shipments. Later, Eddie, Soapy and a posse interrupt another attempted stage holdup and Soapy captures one of the outlaws, Sneezer. Hoping that Sneezer will lead them to the gang's boss, Soapy "arrests" Eddie, then Eddie executes a phony jailbreak, freeing Sneezer as well as himself. While Eddie follows Sneezer out of town, Soapy confesses to Kirk, Rogers and Margie that he and Eddie are investigators for the Insurance Protective Association. Soon after, near the outlaws' hideout, Eddie spies on Taggert as he retrieves a note hidden among some rocks. After Taggert reads the note, which identifies Eddie and Soapy as investigators, Eddie tries to arrest Taggert, but once again, the outlaw eludes capture. As he rides off, however, Taggert drops a Yucca City bank book, which contains figures that correspond to the gold shipment dates. Now suspicious of Rogers, Eddie breaks into his office that night and finds a letter from a railroad company offering the banker $100,000 for Margie's stageline. Rogers then catches Eddie in his office, and he and Eddie begin to fight. When Rogers' gun goes off, Eddie pretends to be shot and is declared dead by Soapy, who seemingly accepts the banker's explanation that he fired at Eddie because he thought he was a robber. Taggert and his gang then get word to prepare another holdup and successfully rob Margie. Rogers is waiting for them at the hideout and is unaware that Eddie, Soapy and a posse have followed the outlaws there. As Rogers and the gang exit the hideout, the posse surprises them, and the outlaws attempt to flee on horseback. During the ensuing gunfight, Soapy shoots Rogers, and the outlaws finally surrender. Later, Eddie informs Margie that the railroad is going to buy her stageline and, after advising her to settle down and marry, leaves with Soapy.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 17, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
53m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

In one scene in the film, Roscoe Ates's character name is misspelled as "Soapie," while Helen Mowery and Ted Adams' character name is spelled as both "Rogers" and "Rodgers."