Ride a Crooked Trail

Synopsis: After robbing a bank Murphy assumes the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal, when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge, Matthau. Murphy is forced to remain as the new Marshal; an old flame, Scala, nearly unmasks him by accident, only to be forced to assume the ruse of being Murphy's wife. The "couple" given a house and respectability, which neither has had before. They maintain the charade to avoid hurting a young orphan boy, Matthau's ward. Scala is torn by her loyalty to boyfriend planning to rob the bank and growing feelings for Murphy.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): Jesse Hibbs
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
88 min


ON THE ROUTE OF PROSPEC What is your name?

Jud Blunt from Fort Smith.

What does the letter say?

You know I do not read.

Take it! Look at this!

Never mind!

The beard is three weeks old.

Our man is shaved.

Come on, Mr. Blunt!

Pay for what you drink,

keep your gun...

and there will be no problem.

How's it going, Tom?

What is it, Judge?

A guy named Joe Maybe

raided a bank in Muskogee.

He did not steal anything,

but they did not catch him.

- How do you know that?

- We're getting civilized.

We have a telegraph for which you can

speak, if you can decipher what you say!

Come on, Tom!

It's delaying the law!


Speak for the telegraph!

Wait there, son!

- Where are you from?

- Upstream.

We're looking for a

man up the river.

Dress like you, it

looks like you...

can even have the same name.

What is your name?

Does it make a difference?

It can look beautiful in

the field we make it.

If not, we'll just

write Joe Maybe.

He tried to rob a

bank in Muskogee.

If you can afford

all the letters!

Check the guy!

Get off the saddle slowly.

Do not try!

You are Jim Noonan

of Indian Territory.

Why did not you tell me?

- Why did not you ask me?

- Are you sure, Judge?

Of course, only Noonan

walks with a broken star!

Only Noonan would shoot

me, because I was a fool.

Deputy, I owe you a drink.

Follow me!

Why does not he fall?

I've already seen him shot six times.

And it never falls...

Unless you're pregnant!

Funny, delegate.

Because we've never met?

Lucky, I imagine, Judge.

I met Old Bill McClintoc...

the one who used the insignia in

the Indian Territory before him.


I drank a lot with him

a week before he died.

It was Sam Teeler from Pecos.

I've never met Sam either.

I've heard of him.

Be careful when you meet him. You

can lose another tip of that star.

I'll be careful.

My, man! A hole is not enough?

Why are you doing another?

Too bad it was not in your head.

The doctor does not like me because

I never send him any patient.

Let's take that bottle,

shall we, delegate?

His whole business goes to

Jepson, the funeral director.

I know he pays you

$ 10 per head.

Only if the deceased has money.

Do I keep them waiting, or do I

say there's no hearing today?

There will be audition today!

Give me my work clothes!

Wait, sir.

Sit down with me,

you're my guest.

Attention, get up!

Get up everyone!

The court is in session!

Sit down, sit down!

What are we doing today? The first case

is the Railroad against Dan Watson.

a conviction of the Railroad.

It will not be long.

Proceed. Be brief.

When the company I represent has

agreed to make this city...

the terminal of your

Western Division...

guaranteed that the passage

by the banks of the river...

would be obtained at reasonable prices.

We offer Mr. Watson, $

1,000 for the warehouse...

a part of which we must

remove for the passage.

His price is $ 20,000...

I find that outrageous!

I'll tell you what's outrageous.

What do you think, Dan?

Lawyer Hutchins

will speak for me.

If he talks, he'll lose.

I demand a change of attitude!

This court is prejudiced

and admits it!

You're right, you're prejudiced,

because you're a liar and a traitor.

If you do not like these words...

Take me to court!

Why do you ask for $ 20,000, Dan?

Because the Railroad

has money to pay.

Well, that's an honest

statement, but it's not fair.

The Railroad is very

important for our city.

Do the following.

Let them get the part

they need for $ 2,000.

They build the loading platforms and

make the leftovers for nothing.

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Borden Chase

Borden Chase (January 11, 1900 – March 8, 1971) was an American writer. more…

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