Singing Outlaw


56m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Scrap Gordon comes along just as the outlaw Cueball and the Marshall kill each other. To bring in the local outlaw gang he joins them posing as Cueball. But when the Sheriff captures him with the gang he now thinks he actually is Cueball and Scrap finds himself slated to be hung for the Marshal's murder.

Film Details

Also Known As
Renegade Wranglers
Release Date
Jan 23, 1938
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 24 Dec 1937
Production Company
Commonwealth Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Scrap Gordon, the big winner at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, decides to take his crooning, hard- riding, straight-shooting ways into Central Wyoming, where he plans to buy a ranch. In a rocky canyon, cattle rustler Cueball Qualey ambushes and mortally wounds United States Marshal Samuel J. Fairfax of Denver, Colorado. Later, when Scrap enters the same canyon, Qualey ambushes him as well, then pretends to be the marshal and arrests Scrap as "Qualey," planning to use Scrap to collect the $5,000 bounty on himself. Before Qualey can murder the unconscious Scrap, however, Fairfax rises and kills the outlaw as he himself dies. Scrap awakens to find Fairfax's badge and government papers on Qualey, and believes that he has killed the "marshal." As he heads toward his new ranch, he crosses the path of Sheriff Haight and his posse, who immediately mistake him for Qualey. Trapped by the lawmen, Scrap pretends to be shot and falls into the river. When he is found "unconscious" with Fairfax's badge and papers, all assume he is the marshal. Scrap decides to continue the deception when he "awakens" and help out with the capture of the real bandits. He goes to the ranch of his sweetheart, Joan McClain, and is convinced to sing at a wedding, which leads the sheriff's deputies to wonder if he really is the famous singing outlaw. Scrap then pretends to be Qualey when he meets the outlaw Green River gang, but he is followed there by the sheriff and arrested. Thrown into jail for the murder of Fairfax, Scrap shares his cell with Teton Joe, the leader of the Green River gang. Scrap tells Joe that he has hidden $10,000 at Joan's ranch, so the outlaw helps him to break out of jail, as does Scrap's longtime friend, Longhorn. Scrap is followed to the ranch by Joe and his gang, then manages to capture all the outlaws just as the sheriff and his posse arrive. In the meantime, Longhorn and one of the deputies arrive, having found the bodies of both Qualey and Fairfax, which completely exonerates Scrap. Proclaimed a hero by one and all, Scrap is about to receive his reward in the arms of Joan, but when he hesitates, Longhorn steps in, saying, "If you're not going to kiss her, I am."

Film Details

Also Known As
Renegade Wranglers
Release Date
Jan 23, 1938
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 24 Dec 1937
Production Company
Commonwealth Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

The working title for this film was Renegade Wranglers. Hollywood Reporter reported that this picture was filmed on location in Lone Pine, CA. According to modern sources, the cast included Jack Rockwell, Jack Kirk, Robert McKenzie, Budd Buster, Lafe McKee, Hank Worden, Art Mix, Chick Hannon, Herman Hack, Curley Gibson and Francis Walker.