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The Duke is wrongly convicted for a killing, but he escapes from prison and heads out west to find the real killer.


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John Brant - aka Smith
Nancy Shubert ...
Sally Blake
Joseph Conlon - alias Bob Jones
Ed Walsh
Dad Blake
Deputy Sheriff (as Wally Wales)
Sheriff Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taggart (uncredited)
Silver Tip Baker ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Henchman (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ...
Henchman (uncredited)
William Dyer ...
Blind Pete (uncredited)
Wally Howe ...
Store Customer (uncredited)
Jack Jones ...
Henchman (uncredited)
Julie Kingdon ...
Town Girl (uncredited)
Posse Rider (uncredited)
Henchman (uncredited)
Bud - Train Engineer (uncredited)
Stage Driver (uncredited)
Henchman (uncredited)
Henchman (uncredited)
Dick - Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by

Armand Schaefer

Written by

Lindsley Parsons ... (story)
Lindsley Parsons ... (screenplay)
Will Beale ... (story) (uncredited)

Produced by

Trem Carr ... executive producer (uncredited)
Paul Malvern ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Archie Stout ... (photography)

Film Editing by

Carl Pierson ... (edited by)

Sound Department

John Stransky Jr. ... recordist (as John A. Stransky Jr.)


Yakima Canutt ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Jones ... stunts (uncredited)
Art Mix ... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... stunts (uncredited)
Archie Ricks ... stunts (uncredited)
Blackjack Ward ... stunts (uncredited)

Other crew

E.R. Hickson ... technical director
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, John Brant escapes and ends up out west where, after giving the local lawmen the slip, he joins up with an outlaw gang. Brant finds out that 'Jones', one of the outlaws he has become friends with, committed the murder that Brant was sent up for, but has no knowledge that anyone was ever put in jail for his crime. Willing to forgive and forget, Brant doesn't realize that 'Jones' has not only fallen for the same pretty shopgirl Brant has, but begins to suspect that Brant is not truly an outlaw. Written by Doug Sederberg

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Taglines Romance rides in a drama of thundering hoofs and blazing guns! See more »
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Also Known As
  • An Innocent Man (United Kingdom)
  • Justice pour un innocent (France)
  • Une Sale Amiti√© (France)
  • Que Justice Soit Faite (France)
  • Gestohlene Ware (Germany)
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  • 54 min
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Trivia The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in Detroit Saturday 12 February 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Syracuse Sunday 15 May 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 17 July 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and Saturday 18 March 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Tuesday 22 November 1949 on KOB (Channel 4) and in New York City Monday 3 July 1950 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »
Goofs While the store proprietor reads a note written by John Brant, there is a sudden brief cut for no apparent purpose to the exact shot of Brant and Conlon riding into town which was used a few moments earlier, before their visit to the store. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Within a Minute: The Making of 'Episode III' (2005). See more »
Quotes [after eluding the sheriff by swimming underwater, John emerges on the far side of the lake at the feet of a tall gunslinger]
John Brant: Well, I guess you got me.
Joseph Conlon: [snorts] Come on out, stranger. I ain't the law. You're a pretty smart hombre and you got plenty of nerve. It strikes me that the boss could use somebody like you. What's your name?
[John glares at him]
Joseph Conlon: Smith, ain't it. That's the handle most of you fast travelers use. Aw, it's as good a name as any. Mine's Jones!
[they shake hands]
Joseph Conlon: Say, you're pretty near all in, ain't ya. Better come up with me to the hideout and meet the Big Chief. We're short a coupla hands.
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