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Black Bart (1948)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Jersey Brady
Lloyd Gough ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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: Lola, I've been working on something for two years. Something that will make me the biggest man in this part of the country. I'm within an inch of doing it now. You wouldn't want me to quit at this point.
Lola Montez: The biggest man in the cemetery is still pretty small.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1998) See more »

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Bart& Lola
12 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Universal B picture is yet another example of Hollywood taking a famous character of the old west and fashioning their own story about him without a bit of reality to it. All that I can say is that Black Bart did go by the real name of Charles Bolles and they did do his crime thing in California in the 19th century. Other than that this film has nothing to do with Black Bart's real story.

Among other things Black Bart was always a gentleman and left a bit of poetic verse at the scene of each robbery. Not a line of poetry comes from Dan Duryea's lips. As Black Bart died in 1888 and Lola Montez died in 1861 it's highly unlikely they ever even met.

Yvonne DeCarlo plays the exotic dancer who had King Ludwig of Bavaria panting for more. But that's all done with, Lola's in America on a tour and she's now in San Francisco. On the way there she meets up with Black Bart when he holds up the stagecoach. Also along are a pair of Duryea's associates from his past, Jeffrey Lynn and Percy Kilbride. They know Duryea even behind the mask and want in on the set up. Lynn also wants in on Lola Montez.

Black Bart despite its gross historical inaccuracies is an interesting and unique film. No happy endings for anyone here as Duryea and Lynn go out like Butch and Sundance. Yvonne DeCarlo is properly fetching as Lola though I think the one who should have played Lola in a better film of her life should have been Greta Garbo.

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