Black Bart (1948)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  25 May 1948 (France)
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California stage robber Black Bart meets European dancer Lola Montez.



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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Percy Kilbride ...
Jersey Brady
Lloyd Gough ...
Sheriff Gordon
Mark Lorimer
J.T. Hall
Soledad Jiménez ...
Ed Mason (as Eddy C. Waller)
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Harmon (as Anne O'Neil)
Chief Many Treaties ...


Cheerful outlaw Charlie Boles leaves former partners Lance and Jersey and heads for California, where the Gold Rush is beginning. Soon, a lone gunman in black is robbing Wells Fargo gold shipments. One fateful day, the stage he robs carries old friends Lance and Jersey...and notorious dancer Lola Montez, coming to perform in Sacramento. Black Bart and Lance become rivals for both Lola's favors and Wells Fargo's gold. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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MASTER GUNMAN! LAWLESS LOVER! (original print ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

25 May 1948 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Black Bart  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was the first film produced by Leonard Goldstein for Universal-International. See more »


One of the newspaper columns (c. 1849) mentions automobiles. See more »


Charles E. Boles: I'd like to know why you blew up that tree. You might have killed somebody.
Jersey Brady: I figured it out. No tree, no hanging.
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Remade as Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967) See more »

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A Mixed Bag
6 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Three tricky outlaws part ways, only to meet up later on opposite sides.

Pretty good Western— somewhere between an A-production and a B. It's an unusually distinguished supporting cast from Lovejoy to McIntyre to Kilbride, along with some good scenic outdoor set-ups that keep the eye entertained even when the action slows down. Reviewer lorenellroy is right—the amorality of Lynn and Duryea is unusual for the period, 1948. It's hard at times to know where their loyalties lie, making the script somewhat—and refreshingly-- difficult to predict. Add a luscious De Carlo who looks ravishing in Technicolor, while turning in a surprisingly artful performance.

So, with these positives, why doesn't the movie impact more strongly than I believe it does. Now I'm as big a Duryea fan as anyone. In fact that's why I tuned in. But for some reason he looks less motivated than usual, draining Bart of needed character color. There's not the usual relish of his better performances. Add to that the other lead, Jeffrey Lynn, who's just naturally colorless, and there's not the needed drive at the movie's center. At the same time, director Sherman has to work in the romantic angle without sagging the tempo, which he does pretty well. But the staging of the final ambush scene is clumsily done—how could the ambushers miss their shots at such close range as Bart and Lance race for the cabin.

Anyway, there's real offbeat potential in the various ambiguities that the script doesn't develop adequately until the end. Nonetheless, the compensations are enough to make this a generally entertaining 80-minutes of cowboy intrigue.

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