Harlem Rides the Range

16mm motion picture film of Harlem Rides the Range

Directed by
Kahn, Richard C., American, 1897 - 1960
Written by
Williams, Spencer, American, 1893-1969
Subject of
Jeffries, Herb, American, 1913 - 2014
Medium
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
16mm Film (b): acetate film
Dimensions
Duration: 58 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1100 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1100 Feet
Type
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place depicted
Arizona, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed
Sindewinder Valley, Apple Valley, San Bernadino County, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1939
Caption
In this American black cowboy film, a cowboy and his sidekick try to help his girlfriend's father from being cheated out of his property.
Description
2015.167.9.1ab: 16mm black and white films.
A cowboy and his sidekick that try to help a homesteader from being cheated out of his property.
Bradley and his henchman, Jim Connors, visit rancher Dennison to remind him that his mortgage is due and announces that they will either take a fifty-percent share of his mine or foreclose on him. When Bradley and Connors inform Dennison that they have stolen his radium samples, a struggle ensues and Dennison is apparently killed by Connors. Connors and Bradley quickly hide the body and flee. Later, two riders from Amarillo, Texas, Bob Blake and his lazy partner Dusty, enter the Dennison ranch hoping to find employment or dinner and discover blood on a table. After discouraging Dusty from stealing a tin of food, Bob sights a picture of a lovely girl and takes it. During target practice on the nearby Watson ranch, Mr. Watson agrees to hire Bob and Dusty for thirty dollars a month plus food. At Watson's ranch, Dusty recognizes Connors' horse as the one he saw fleeing the Dennison ranch and learns that Connors is the ranch foreman. Meanwhile, Cactus, a ranch hand, tells Watson that his buddy Tex has disappeared and leaves to look for him. Noticing Connors leaving late at night, Bob follows him into a trap, but bests him in a fistfight. The next morning, Watson fires Connors and makes Bob the new foreman. After Watson and Bob encounter Cactus burying Tex, they fetch the sheriff to pay a visit to the Dennison ranch. There they find a can of spilled tomato juice and believe that Bob and Dusty mistook for it blood. When Connors demands one hundred dollars from Bradley to keep quiet, Bradley kills him and throws suspicion on Bob. The sheriff arrests Bob, and Dusty insists on accompanying him to jail. When the sheriff tells Bradley that Watson has received a letter from Dennison's daughter Margaret saying that she will be arriving with $6,000 to pay off her father's debts, Bradley decides that she too must be killed. After escaping through the use of a rope trick, Bob sets out to rescue Margaret. Meanwhile, Cactus finds the sheriff locked up and shows him a letter that explains Bradley's duplicity. Bob and Margaret ride from the deserted train station to make their stand against Bradley's men. During the subsequent gun battle, Bob runs out of ammunition, but the sheriff, Watson and others ride up in time to capture Bradley and his men. Cactus then shoots Bradley to avenge Tex. Returning to the ranch, Bob and Dusty find that Dennison has recovered and has been hiding in his mine, and that it was he who spilled the tomato juice on the table. When Bob tries to return Margaret's photograph, she shows her affection for him by giving it back to him.
Source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Accessed on August 10, 2016 (http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=2234)
Topic
African American
American West
Business
Race films
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number
2015.167.9.1ab
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Nieman Film Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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