Bandit Queen

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The Bandit Queen is a 1950 American Western film directed by William Berke. The movie featured Barbara Britton and Phillip Reed as the leaders of a Robin Hood type band. The Bandit Queen was produced by Lippert Pictures Inc. and shot in the Vasquez... read more

The Bandit Queen is a 1950 American Western film directed by William Berke. The movie featured Barbara Britton and Phillip Reed as the leaders of a Robin Hood type band. The Bandit Queen was produced by Lippert Pictures Inc. and shot in the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park as well as the San Fernando Valley. Set near Madera, California during the California Gold Rush, The Bandit Queen is a 70 minute black-and-white movie that was a serial film depiction of Joaquin Murrieta's life. Martha Vickers was initially slated to "play a two-gun gal of the West in her come-back picture" in this movie. This release marked the final "Lippert Studios" film in 1950 with Britton starring in the title role as a Spanish American aristocratic daughter who avenged her parents' deaths in recovering stolen wealth through the use of a bullwhip. The Baltimore Afro-American described The Bandit Queen as, "a pistol-packin mama story".

Original Release

12/22/1950

US Release

12/22/1950

Cast

Barbara Britton Zara Montalvo aka Lola Belmont / Zarra Montalvo, alias Lola Belmont
Willard Parker Dan Hinsdale
Phillip Reed Joaquin Murietta / Joaquin Murietta, alias Carlos del Rio
Barton MacLane Jim Harden / Sheriff Jim Harden
Martin Garralaga Father Antonio / Fr. Antonio
Thurston Hall Governor
Victor Kilian Jose Montalvo / Don Jose Montalvo
Angelo Rossitto Nino
Anna Demetrio Maria
Paul Marion Manuel / Manuel, a Vigilante
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

William Berke

Writers

Victor West, Orville H. Hampton, Budd Lesser

Cast

Barbara Britton Zara Montalvo aka Lola Belmont / Zarra Montalvo, alias Lola Belmont
Willard Parker Dan Hinsdale
Phillip Reed Joaquin Murietta / Joaquin Murietta, alias Carlos del Rio
Barton MacLane Jim Harden / Sheriff Jim Harden
Martin Garralaga Father Antonio / Fr. Antonio
Thurston Hall Governor
Victor Kilian Jose Montalvo / Don Jose Montalvo
Angelo Rossitto Nino
Anna Demetrio Maria
Paul Marion Manuel / Manuel, a Vigilante
Margia Dean Carol Grayson
Pepe Hern Raphael, a Vigilante / Raphael
John Merton Hank
Mikel Conrad Captain Gray
Carl Pitti McWilliams
Arthur Berkeley Waiter
Roy Butler Guard
Joe Dominguez Morales
Elias Gamboa Don Phillipe Rodridguez
Hugh Hooker Dawson

Producers

Murray Lerner Executive Producer
Robert L. Lippert Executive Producer
William Berke Producer

Editors

Carl Pierson

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