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In Old Montana

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In Old Montana
In Old Montana 1939 poster.jpg
Poster advertising In Old Montana with Jean Carmen at right
Directed byRaymond K. Johnson
Written byJackson Parks
Raymond K. Johnson
Homer King Gordon
Barney Hutchinson
Produced byC.C. Burr
StarringFred Scott
Jean Carmen
John Merton
CinematographyMarcel Le Picard
Harvey Gould
Edited byCharles Henkel Jr.
Music byLee Zahler
Production
company
C.C. Burr Productions
Distributed bySpectrum Pictures
Equity British Films (UK)
Release date
  • February 5, 1939 (1939-02-05)[1]
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

In Old Montana is a 1939 American Western film directed by Raymond K. Johnson and starring Fred Scott, Jean Carmen and John Merton.[2] It is about the conflict existing between sheepherders and cattlemen in the nineteenth century.

Background

The film was "the second of four singing Westerns Scott made for C. C. Burr".[3] It was distributed in the United Kingdom in 1940 by Equity British Films.

The film begins with a statement explaining the conflict:

When the links in the chain of States that made up the great United States were forged, there were many conflicts, dramatic and spectacular, that often threatened the prosperity of the frontier and the economic structure of the whole nation. Such was the war that broke out in Montana in 1860 between the cattle barons and the sheepherders. The cattlemen had priority and also claimed sheep polluted the land and streams, cropping the grass so short the grazing land was ruined for years. The sheepmen claimed that raising sheep was more profitable and that "the spread" was Government land and they had as much right to it as anyone else. The series of events chronicles here took place in the Lobo Valley just below the fertile grazing lands of the Powder River Basin. Although frankly a Western story, with fictitious characters, each one originally had its counterpart in fact.

Plot

Fred Dawson (Scott), a serving cavalry officer, requests leave of absence to visit his father, who has been shot. His commanding officer grants the request but asks him to carry out an investigation at the same time into the current conflict between the sheepherders and cattlemen in the area. Dawson arranges a meeting between the two factions to encourage mutual cooperation in an attempt to resolve the dispute. During the meeting Joe Allison (Walter Mcgrail) is shot and Dawson is framed for the shooting. He is locked up pending a trial but his friend Doc Flanders (Harry Harvey) breaks him out. Later Dawson and Ed Brandt (John Merton) have a fist fight, after which it emerges that Theodore Jason (Frank LaRue) has secretly been creating all the trouble for his own ends, hoping that the cattlemen and sheepherders would run out of money so that he could foreclose on their debts.

There is a subplot in which Fred Dawson forms a close relationship with June Allison (Carmen), the daughter of Joe Allison.

Cast

References

  1. ^ Release date IMDb. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Pitts, p. 367.
  3. ^ In Old Montana at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 10, 2014.

Bibliography

  • Pitts, Michael R. Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940. McFarland & Company, 2005.

External links


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