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Frontier Fury
Director: William Berke (Dir)
Release Date:   24 Jun 1943
Production Date:   14 Dec--22 Dec 1942
Duration (in mins):   55
Duration (in feet):   4,950
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Cast:   Charles Starrett (Steve Langdon)  
    Roma Aldrich (Stella Larkin)  
    Arthur "Arkansas" Hunnicutt (Arkansas Tuttle)  
    Jimmie Davis   and his Singing Buckaroos
    Clancy Cooper (Dan Bentley)  
    I. Stanford Jolley (Nick Dawson)  
    Edmund Cobb (Tracy Meade)  
    Bruce Bennett (Clem Hawkins)  
    Ted Mapes (Jim Wallace)  
    Bill Wilkerson (Chief Eagle Feather)  
    Stanley Brown (Gray Bear)  
    Joel Friedkin (Doc Hewes)  
    Jessie Arnold (Minerva)  
    Elmo Lincoln (Stewart)  
    Franklyn Farnum (Homer)  
    Frank O'Connor (Dan)  
    Frank LaRue (Marshal)  
    Chief Yowlachie (Nuyaka)  
    Jack Kirk (Deputy)  
    George Russell (Henchman)  
    Jack Rockwell (Lane)  
    Eddie Borden (Pop Barrows)  

Summary: When Indian agent Steve Langdon and Gray Bear, a chief's son, are sent to Independence, Kansas, to withdraw the Indians' funds from the bank, Steve decides to protect against potential robbery by sending an express stage ahead with an armed guard while he and Gray Bear carry the money in their saddlebags on the passenger stage. Their plans go awry when the robbers, disguised as Indians, seize the passenger stage while it is stopped at a way station and kill Gray Bear. While fending off the outlaws, Steve notices a star tattooed on the leader's arm. As a result of the robbery, Steve is dismissed from his job, and some innocent Indians are arrested when one of the stolen coins is found in their possession. Vowing to avenge Gray Bear's death and bring the outlaws to justice, Steve decides to undertake his own investigation. Upon returning to town to question the express agent, Steve is shot at. After Steve overpowers his assailant, the man claims that he mistook Steve for someone else. Steve releases his attacker, then finds a stolen coin that was dropped by him. Soon after, Stella Larkin arrives in the town to meet her fiancĂ©, but discovers that he has just been hanged as a bandit by the local vigilantes. When a collection is taken up for the bereaved Stella, Clem Hawkins, the stage driver, contributes one of the stolen coins. Under questioning, Clem admits that he informed the bandits about the money hidden in the saddlebags, but before he can go to trial, he is killed. When Stella appears once again, claiming that Clem was her fiancĂ©, Steve exposes her ruse and forces her to admit that she is the sweetheart of bandit leader Dan Bentley, the man with the tattooed arm. In order to keep tabs on Stella, Steve arranges a job for her with Doc Hewes's medicine show. One day, when she slips out to meet Dan, Steve follows her and walks into a trap. Arkansas Tuttle, Steve's friend, races there with Jimmie Davis and his band. With Stella's help, Steve overpowers Dan while Arkansas and the others apprehend the gang. After bringing the outlaws to justice and recovering the stolen money, Steve is reinstated as an Indian agent. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: William Berke (Dir)
  William O'Connor (Asst dir)
Producer: Jack Fier (Prod)
  Irving Briskin (Exec prod)
Writer: Betty Burbridge (Story and scr)
Photography: Benjamin Kline (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Lionel Banks (Art dir)
  Perry Smith (Assoc)
Film Editor: Jerome Thoms (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Robert Priestley (Int dec)
Sound: Lambert Day (Sd eng)
Country: United States

Songs: "The End of the World," words and music by Fred Rose; "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold," words and music by Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan; "I Hung My Head and Cried," words and music by Jimmie Davis and Cliff Bruner; "A Sinner's Prayer," composer undetermined.
Composer: Cliff Bruner
  Jimmie Davis
  Fred Rose
  Gene Sullivan
  Wiley Walker

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 15/5/1943 dd/mm/yyyy LP12053

PCA NO: 9060
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Recording

 
Genre: Western
Sub-Genre: with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Indians of North America
  Indian agents
  Investigations
  Robbery
 
Subjects (Minor): Coins
  Dismissal (Employment)
  False arrests
  Impersonation and imposture
  Kansas
  Medicine shows
  Murder
  Stagecoach drivers
  Tattoos
  Traps
  Vigilantes

Note: A HR production chart places John Bond, Art Wenzel, Wes Tuttle and Ann Savage in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Lew Meehan to the cast. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   18 Sep 1943.   
Daily Variety   9 Jul 43   p. 3.
Film Daily   22 Sep 43   p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter   18 Dec 42   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   9 Jul 43   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald   17 Jul 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   8 May 43   p. 1305.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   17 Jul 43   p. 1427.
Variety   15 Sep 43   p. 10.

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