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California Firebrand (1948)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 1 April 1948 (USA)
Hale finding a wounded Lowery assumes his identity. This gets him the job of town Marshal and puts him in the middle of the battle between Dawson and the Mason family. More trouble occurs ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Ford

Writers:

J. Benton Cheney (screenplay), John K. Butler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monte Hale ... Monte Hale
Lorna Gray ... Joyce Mason (as Adrian Booth)
Paul Hurst ... Chuck Waggoner
Alice Tyrrell Alice Tyrrell ... Dulcey Waggoner
Tristram Coffin ... Jim Requa - aka Jud Babbit
LeRoy Mason ... Luke Hartell
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Lance Dawson
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Granny Hortense Mason
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Gunsmoke Lowery (as Daniel M. Sheridan)
Duke York ... Chad Mason
Lanny Rees Lanny Rees ... Rick Mason
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy Willing - Guitar Player
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Musicians
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Hale finding a wounded Lowery assumes his identity. This gets him the job of town Marshal and puts him in the middle of the battle between Dawson and the Mason family. More trouble occurs for Hale when Lowery arrives and exposes him as a fake. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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gun-slingers...FIST FIGHTERS...in Bold Outdoor Action (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Music | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Final film of LeRoy Mason. He suffered a heart attack on the set and died a month later. See more »

Connections

Remade as Thunder Over Arizona (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Trail To California
Written by Foy Willing and Sid Robin
Performed by Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage
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From the inside
9 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

No good deed goes unpunished it would seem in California Firebrand. Paul Hurst finds Monte Hale afoot shorn of horse and six guns and gives him a lift. Later on they find Dan Sheridan shot in the back and needing medical assistance real bad. Hale goes to town to find some.

But as it turns out Sheridan is a notorious gunslinger brought to town by villains Tris Coffin and Douglas Evans to be town marshal and keep the decent citizens cowered. This is so they can take a valuable piece of mining property owned by Sarah Edwards and her clan.

Hale learns that these people murdered his uncle who tried to help Edwards and her people. But he plays along hoping to find out just what the big picture is with the villains and whatever nefarious schemes they're hatching.

California Firebrand has the look and feel of a Roy Rogers film and in this case with good reason as it is a remake of one of Roy's films from the early Forties Sheriff Of Tombstone. Paul Hurst is every bit as cantankerous an old cuss as Gabby Hayes. And Hale is in good voice himself crooning a couple of cowboy ballads.

Enough action for any front row Saturday matinée kid in 1948. Even though soon they would start to lose that audience to the little screen that would soon start showing westerns in every American home that was rapidly acquiring televisions.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Vale do Sangue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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