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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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Jeffrey Lynn ...
Percy Kilbride ...
Jersey Brady
Lloyd Gough ...
Sheriff Gordon
Frank Lovejoy ...
Mark Lorimer
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Clark
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J.T. Hall
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MacFarland
Soledad Jiménez ...
Teresa
Eddy Waller ...
Ed Mason (as Eddy C. Waller)
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Harmon (as Anne O'Neil)
Chief Many Treaties ...
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Storyline

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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Western

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25 May 1948 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Black Bart  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles E. Boles was the historical figure of Black Bart, and he reportedly held up 28 Wells Fargo stagecoaches in Northern California before he was captured in 1882. The real-life Boles operated alone, used an unloaded weapon, and often-times he left poems inside the strongboxes he had looted. After his release from prison he disappeared.His place and date of death is unknown. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lance Hardeen: What about that $3000 we have buried at Sage Fork.
Charles E. Boles: We split it.
Lance Hardeen: How?
Charles E. Boles: We can't all go together. The first one there takes his share and leaves the rest.
Lance Hardeen: You must trust me a lot, Charlie.
Charles E. Boles: I do. Besides, I 've got a faster horse.
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Above average and consistently enjoyable Western
24 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Black Bart is an interesting movie and well above the norm for the standard studio product of its day.Not only is it splendidly photographed,with a lustrous use of colour that sets it apart from the herd,it has a wonderfully dry and laconic wit that adds a touch of verbal eloquence to proceedings.Indeed I was reminded at times of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"in the banter between characters some of which would have sat well in the mouths of characters in a Philip Barry movie or other practitioners of the drawing room comedy.The script is also insouciantly epigrammatical with a pleasing sense of amorality--its leading characters are outlaws and perfectly at home with themselves and their profession.Naturally.this being a 1948 movie they are not allowed to get away with it but the morality is quite unique for the period

We first meet Charles Bowers,later to become the title character,when he and his compadre "Lance"are about to be hung,a fact they greet with stoicism and flippant banter,when they are rescued by ex banker turned outlaw the grizzled veteran Jersey--well played by Percy Kilbride(old Pa Kettle Himself)They split up and Charles ,with the connivance of an old friend,sets himself up as Black Bart a black garbed highwayman making away with Wells Fargo bounty in a series of stagecoach robberies.Lance and Jersey re-appear,recognise him and try to cut in on the deal.Matters get complicated when Bart falls in love with Lola Montez the celebrated singer and dancer who reciprocates the feeling but insists Bart lay aside his illegal trade and turn to more legitimate pursuits

It is a well acted movie with Duryea and Kilbride especially fine and De Carlo enters into the spirit of things with a brash and outgoing performance

Minor but interesting and I enjoyed it .Give a go -you won't regret it


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