Son of God's Country


60m 1948

Film Details

Also Known As
Colorado Thunderbreds
Release Date
Sep 15, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

Sometime after the Civil War, a series of violent cattle raids occurs in the town of Trailhead. The local ranchers get together and push for the arrest of the man they suspect is the leader of the rustling gang, Trailhead Chronicle editor John Thornton. Believing that his friend is innocent, one of the ranchers, Eli Walker, defends Thornton and announces that Trailhead's new marshal, Monte Hale, is due in town the next day. Later, the real leader of the gang, Bill Sanger, and his henchman, Art Bigelow, go to Thornton's office to challenge him about the raids. Fearing for his life, Thornton removes one of the bullets from his gun, and replaces it with a rolled up note which accuses Sanger of being the leader of the gang. Shortly thereafter, Sanger and Bigelow burst in and knock Thornton unconscious. Meanwhile, Eli rides out to meet Monte and warn him about the rustlers. Moments later, with Thornton as their prisoner, the gang attacks. Thornton tries to escape on his horse, but Sanger shoots him in the back. Later, Monte gives Thornton's daughter Cathy the news about the murder, and she insists that her father was not involved with the gang. After Cathy's brother Frank goes to Sanger's ranch house and accuses him of killing his father, Sanger knocks him unconscious and summons Bigelow and a rustler named Hagen. As she sorts through her father's things, Cathy finds a map which shows each of the raided ranches neatly marked off. She shows the map to Monte, who notices that Sanger's ranch is the only one that has not been raided. After the rustlers attack again, Monte arrests Hagen, who admits that he is working for Sanger. To fool the gang into thinking that they are once again safe, Tom "fires" Monte, who then pretends to leave town. Later that evening, Eli arrives at Sanger's ranch under the pretext of delivering an order of oats. While Eli is deliberately slow about unloading the oats from his truck, Monte breaks into Sanger's ranch house, where he finds Frank bound and gagged. From the next room, Sanger hears Monte's voice and rushes in to shoot him in the wrist. When Sanger is unable to fire his gun a second time, Monte grabs it and discovers Thornton's note tucked inside the chamber. The note explains that Sanger has been trying to buy up ranches in a straight line after learning of plans to build a railroad. As Monte and Eli escape, they are fired upon by Bigelow and Hagen. When Monte sees the man Sanger and Hagen hired to impersonate Frank, he shoots and kills him. Later, Cathy goes to Bigelow's hideout to offer him the note in exchange for Frank's freedom. After Frank is released, Eli arrives with a posse. Sanger tries to escape in a wagon, but Monte apprehends him. With peace finally restored to Trailhead, Monte spends his time courting Cathy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Colorado Thunderbreds
Release Date
Sep 15, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

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Trivia

Notes

A working title for the film was Colorado Thunderbreds. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Trevor Bardette in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include Herman Hack in the cast.