Overland with Kit Carson


Overland with Kit Carson
Overland with Kit Carson
Directed by Norman Deming
Sam Nelson
Produced by Jack Fier
Written by Joseph F. Poland
Morgan B. Cox
Ned Dandy
(story/screenplay)
Starring Bill Elliott
Iris Meredith
Richard Fiske
Bobby Clack
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Sidney Cutner
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline (B&W)
Distributed by USA Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 21, 1939 (1939-08-21)
Running time 15 episodes
310 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Overland with Kit Carson (1939) was the eighth serial released by Columbia Pictures.

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Plot

Overland with Kit Carson is constructed upon a seemingly simple premise. Old Western settlers are being driven off their homesteads and ranches by a combination of Indian assaults and harassing attacks by bands of mysterious outlaws. Then, the US government sends out famed Indian scout Kit Carson and army officer David Brent to investigate the facts, and Carson discovers that a mysterious villain known only as Pegleg, who enjoys planning his misdeeds as much as carrying them out, controls an outlaw gang called the Black Raiders and is using them and the Indians to drive out the settlers so he can establish his own empire. By 1939, film-goers knew exactly what to expect from a western serial: a clean-cut, self-assured hero facing down a good-for-nothing villain in a tireless pursuit, the menacing Indians and gun-toting bad guys, the moral soldier and the pretty girl, a reckless boy, lots of action, the climactic final gunfight, and not much in the way of thematic depth.

Cast

Bill Elliott Kit Carson
Iris Meredith Carmelita González
Richard Fiske Lt. David Brent
Bobby Clack Andy Gardner
Trevor Bardette Trapper Mitchell
LeRoy Mason Baxter
Olin Francis Pierre
James Craig Tennessee
Francis Sayles Dr. Parker
Kenneth MacDonald     Winchester
Dick Curtis Drake
Richard Botiller Natchez
Hal Taliaferro Jim Stewart
John Tyrrell Capt. Gilbert
Kenne Duncan Trapper

Production

Scenes from Overland with Kit Carson were used as stock footage for Blazing the Overland Trail.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Doomed Men
  2. Condemned to Die
  3. The Fight for Life
  4. The Ride of Terror
  5. The Path of Doom
  6. Rendezvous with Death
  7. The Killer-Stallion
  8. The Devil's Nest
  9. Blazing Peril
  10. The Black Raiders
  11. Foiled
  12. The Warning
  13. Terror in the Night
  14. Crumbling Walls
  15. Unmasked

Source:[2]

References

  1. ^ Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut. "12. The Westerns "Who Was That Masked Man!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 320. ISBN 9780713000979. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C.. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc.. pp. 225. ISBN 078640471X. 

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