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Yellowstone (1936)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 September 1936 (USA)
An ex-con is murdered in Yellowstone National Park while a bank robber's son is searching for the loot his father hid there 20 years before.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Jefferson Parker (screenplay), Stuart Palmer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Dick Sherwood
Judith Barrett ... Ruth Foster
Andy Devine ... 'Pay-Day'
Alan Hale ... John Alexander Hardigan
Ralph Morgan ... James Foster / Anderson
Monroe Owsley ... Marty Ryan / Jenkins
Rollo Lloyd ... Franklin Ross
Raymond Hatton ... Old Pete
Paul Harvey ... Chief Ranger R. C. Radell
Paul Fix ... 'Dynamite'
Michael Loring ... Merritt Billing - Singer
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After eighteen years in prison, James Foster (Ralph Morgan) returns to Yellowstone National Park to retrieve stolen payroll and his daughter Ruth Foster (Judith Barrett), arrives to be with him. Also showing up at the lodge are gangsters Marty Ryan (Monroe Owsley) and "Dynamite" (Paul Fix ), detective Hardigan (Alan Hale) and a botanist, Franklin Ross (Rollo Loyd). Foster is murdered and the blame falls on Dick Sherwood (Henry Hunter), a young park ranger in love with Ruth. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GREAT GEYSER MURDER MYSTERY! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Lyrics by Nelle Richmond Eberhart
Performed by an unknown singer and the Universal Recording Orchestra
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If you don't mind bad acting and logical errors, you'll love this film.
2 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the opening credits for "Yellowstone" began to roll, I knew that the film couldn't be very good. The woman warbling the tune was simply horrid--and a sign of things to come!

The film is, naturally, set in Yellowstone National Park. A rather dim young lady, Ruth (Judith Barrett) has come to the park to meet her estranged father who was supposedly in Australia for the past 18 years. When I heard this, I immediately assumed he'd been in prison for the last 18 years. Why this never occurred to the woman is beyond me. As I said, she seemed dim!

When Ruth arrives at the park, a creepy ranger, Dick (Henry Hunter) notices her and almost immediately begins sexually harassing her--or at least that's how his behaviors would be interpreted today. However, Ruth being dim, she likes Dick's advances and they soon become a couple- -even though he's SUPPOSED to be a ranger and not hitting on guests.

Along with Ruth, a variety of shifty characters arrive in town--further convincing the viewer that Ruth's father MUST be an ex-con. Well, it turns out that he is and was in prison for a string of robberies. And, not surprisingly, he's hidden the loot and a lot of people want the loot. Even less surprising is when the father (Ralph Morgan) ends up dead. Who did it? Who cares?!

This film is full of bad writing, bad dialog and cheapness. While it is a B-movie and such movies often are cheaply made, this one was worse than usual in many ways. The worst was that NOTHING occurred without it being telegraphed ahead of time. For example, the crusty old story teller (Raymond Hatton) just happened to be regaling guests with stories about an old gang of thieves--the same ones who would soon start fighting over the hidden money. And, often characters would overact or swoon (Ruth actually did this TWICE). All in all, despite the film having some decent supporting characters (such as Alan Hale and Paul Fix), bad writing overwhelmed everything else. Illogical assumptions, folks standing about 5 feet from a HUGE geyser when it erupts and the like show that in addition to bad writing, the direction was also less than stellar. All in all, not a lot to recommend this other than some nice location shots.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dezoito Anos Depois See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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