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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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Dan Duryea ...
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
Ray Walker ...
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

Jersey Brady: There ain't no permanence in this business. You just begin to like somebody and he turns up dead.
Lance Hardeen: You can lose a lot of people you don't like that way, too.
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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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