Red Rock Outlaw


56m 1949

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Screen Features Inc.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Film Length
4,348ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Jeff Larson, who has been jailed for stealing his cousin Terry's payroll, escapes from jail and manages to lose the pursuing sheriff and posse. Later, the car carrying a girls' Western band, headed by Carolina and Daisy Nell, runs out of gas, and while they are walking to find help, they see a "Wanted" poster identifying Jeff Larson as "The Red Rock Outlaw." The girls then come upon a group of cowboys, singing round a camp fire, and recognize Jeff among them. The girls are discovered and, believing they are in the hands of outlaws, plead with Jeff to let them go. Just then, the sheriff rides up and identifies Jeff as Terry, Jeff's look-alike cousin, a law-abiding rancher, and states that he last saw Jeff near Jim Martin's ranch. After Terry invites Carolina and the others to stay at his ranch overnight and offers to help them find gas the next day, he goes with the sheriff to look for Jeff in a canyon with which they are both familiar. However, Jeff surprises them, pistol whips the sheriff, takes Terry's gun and escapes. Jeff rides to the Martin ranch, where Martin and his ranch hands are playing cards on the porch, and asks Martin for his half of the payroll money. When Martin tells him that he has invested it for him in the ranch, Jeff attacks him but is overpowered by Martin's men. Later, Martin suggests to Jeff that it would be to his advantage to kill Terry and assume his identity, as Martin and "Terry" could then combine their ranches. Although they have just met, Terry asks Carolina to marry him, and she agrees. After the couple make plans to wed later the same day, Martin, who has arranged an ambush with Jeff, comes to Terry's ranch and tells him where Jeff can be found. Terry rides into the hills, where Jeff is hiding in a cave entrance. Jeff shoots him in the arm and then, after running out of bullets, goes after him with a knife. They struggle and Jeff knocks Terry out, then exchanges clothes with him and pushes him down a rocky slope. Back at Terry's ranch, preparations for the wedding are underway when "Terry" returns. However, he behaves crudely with Carolina and she begins to have doubts about marrying so quickly. Meanwhile, the real Terry recovers and heads back to the ranch. There, the preacher begins the ceremony, but Carolina suddenly interrupts him saying that she does not love Terry because he is now so different. Just then Terry arrives and reveals the deception. The sheriff is confused as to which Larson is which, and Martin double-crosses Jeff by identifying him as the outlaw. Jeff slugs the sheriff and rides off, but is followed by Terry. When Martin returns to his ranch, he is surprised by Jeff and, as they struggle for possession of a gun, Martin is shot. Terry rides up and fights with Jeff. As Jeff is about to stab Terry with a pitchfork, Martin shoots him and then dies. With the outlaws routed, Terry and Carolina's wedding ceremony proceeds.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Screen Features Inc.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Film Length
4,348ft (6 reels)

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Notes

Wanda Cantlon's onscreen credit reads: Wanda Cantlon introducing "Alimony." A modern source lists Raymond Friedgen as this film's producer. It is possible that the first photographer's surname is incorrect, as it was difficult to read his name on the print's credits and no other source for the credit was found. A modern source states that Elmer S. Pond May have been a pseudonym for Elmer Clifton, and that the film May have been originally shot in 16mm.