Sundown in Santa Fe


60m 1948

Brief Synopsis

A dagger has been left in every robbery by Walter Durant, fugitive leader of the President Lincoln murder ring. Rocky is sent to Santa Fe to find Durant and arrest him and the gang of outlaws he controls. Rocky soon finds that the information for every robbery comes from Tom, who is the son of the sheriff. But Rocky has to arrest the whole gang, and he does not know who is part of the gang and where Durant may be hiding.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 5, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Sometime after John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln, authorities learn that a man named Walter Durant was behind the plot. The U.S. Army calls upon Maj. Allan "Rocky" Lane and Sheriff Jim Wyatt to search for Durant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On their way, the men share a train compartment with printer Horace Harvey "Nugget" Clark, who is also headed for Santa Fe. Upon arriving in Santa Fe, Jim deputizes Rocky, and later, Jim's son Tom and Tom's crooked wife, Lola Gillette, deliver a letter to Wyatt's ranch. Later, Rocky stops Lola's ranch foreman, Trevor "Bronc" Owens, from whipping a horse he has won in a poker game, then buys the horse from him. Suspicious, Bronc follows Rocky to Lola's ranch, where she vouches for him. Tom, meanwhile, shows Durant, a rancher who now goes by the name John Stuart, the letter from Capital Mining Co. requesting an escort for their scheduled shipment of gold bullion. Tom hides the letter, and the next day, he and Durant rob the coach carrying the gold. At the scene of the attack, Rocky and Nugget discover a knife with the inscription, "Sic semper tyrranis," or "Ever thus to tyrants," the phrase Booth reportedly shouted just before killing Lincoln, etched into it. Later, when Rocky comes to question him, Tom tries to burn the letter, but Rocky retrieves it from the trash before it is destroyed. A representative of the mining company, J. R. White, writes a second letter, but Tom hides this one as well. When Lola's father Tracy and his men, including Tom and Bronc, attack the relay station where the mining company was supposed to meet the escort, Rocky and Nugget chase them away. At the mine, Rocky shoots Tom, while Bronc escapes. As Tom dies, Jim tells Rocky that Tom had been trying to help him catch the thieves. Outside, Tracy's men fire on Rocky, but he escapes. After Rocky arrests Bronc, Lola promises to ask Tracy to break him out, but later, fires her gun through the jail house window. After Lola drops her gun inside the jail house, Rocky and Nugget rummage through her desk looking for evidence. They discover a letter announcing that a caravan carrying payroll money is due to pass through the area soon. When Tracy's gang then attacks the caravan, Rocky is able to stop the stampeding horses, but the gang escapes with the money. Durant meets Tracy at the mine, and Rocky discovers the empty wagon with a second knife stuck in it. After Rocky asks Durant about Tracy's money, they decide to inspect his mine. Lola tells Jim that Rocky has shot Tom and is waiting for him at the mine. When Nugget unloads Durant's wagon, he finds the money and detains Lola. Rocky then arrives at the mine and discovers Bronc dead. Moments later, Jim arrives and shoots Tom. After Nugget reveals Durant's identity, Rocky arrests him. Later, Nugget and Rocky pack their bags and move on.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 5, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, this film was to star Monte Hale and Adrian Booth. Modern sources include Bob Wilke in the cast.