The Bandit Queen (film)

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The Bandit Queen
Bandit Queen.jpg
The Bandit Queen with her avenging bullwhip
Directed by William Berke
Produced by Lippert Pictures Inc.
Written by Budd Lesser
Orville H. Hampton
Starring Barbara Britton
Barton MacLane
Phillip Reed
Willard Parker
Martin Garralaga
Victor Kilian
Distributed by Forgotten Hollywood
Release date
  • 1950 (1950)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Bandit Queen is a 1950 American Western film directed by William Berke.[1] The movie featured Barbara Britton and Phillip Reed as the leaders of a Robin Hood type band.[1][2][3] The Bandit Queen was produced by Lippert Pictures Inc.[4] and shot in the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park[1] as well as the San Fernando Valley.[5] Set near Madera, California during the California Gold Rush, The Bandit Queen is a 70 minute black-and-white movie[3] that was a serial film depiction of Joaquin Murrieta's life.[6] Martha Vickers was initially slated to "play a two-gun gal of the West in her come-back picture" in this movie.[7] 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.[8] The Baltimore Afro-American described The Bandit Queen as, "a pistol-packin mama story".[9]


As the lead actress, Britton was the protagonist child of an American father and Spanish mother, Dones Jose and Zara Montalvo, as portrayed by Victor Kilian and Cecil Weston who is credited as Cecile Weston.[1][4][10][11] The Montalvo family possessed land rights or Spanish land grants to a hacienda with gold mines present.[1][10][2][3] Abroad, the daughter came home to California and witnessed her parents being murdered by Hank (John Merton) and an unknown man, Sheriff Jim Harden, who was played by Barton MacLane.[1][4][10][2] Montalvo initially approached Harden about the crimes but eventually recognized him as part of murderers' gang.[3] She teamed up with Phillip Reed, in the role of Joaquin Murietta, to regain her rightful inheritance.[1][4][10][2] Together they assumed false identities with Montalvo hidden behind the alias of a Zorro-like character named Lola Belmont with Murietta as Carlos del Rio.[1][4][10]

Dan Hinsdale (Willard Parker), who was an attorney, later informed her about his purchase of her family's rancho at a reduced fee because of back taxes owed by Montalvo's parents.[3] Montalvo sought the aid of Father Antonio (Martin Garralaga), who along with Murietta, is one of the few people to know their double identities. Antonio warned her that her outlaw gang was wanted by the Spanish authority and its soldiers.[3] Upon learning this, Belmont and del Rio furtively worked to regain stolen gold and "land rights"[8] on the behalf of other neighboring rancheros.[1][2][3]

Partial cast[edit]


The Bandit Queen received the following reviews:

- The Baltimore Afro-American, April 21, 1951.[9]

- The Modesto Bee, February 8, 1959.[12]

- Southeast Missourian, March 22, 1951.[5]

- Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina), January 29, 1951.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Bandit Queen (1950)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bandit Queen (1950)". Noblebandits. Arizona State University. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Bandit Queen (1950)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "1940 - 1959 (1950 section)". Noblebandits. Arizona State University. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "A Week At The Cape Theaters". Southeast Missourian. Google news. March 22, 1951. p. 9. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Hedda Hopper (September 13, 1950). "Barbara Britton won't go east". Toledo Blade. Google News. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Manners, Dorothy (August 14, 1950). "Dorothy Manners in Hollywood". Milwaukee Sentinel. Google News. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Erickson, Hal. "Bandit Queen Plot Synopsis". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Rea, E.B. (April 21, 1951). "On The AVENUE". Baltimore Afro-American. Google news. p. 11. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "The Bandit Queen (1950) - Plot Summary". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bandit Queen - Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "TV Movie Key". The Modesto Bee. Google news. February 8, 1959. p. 20. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "- FOX -". The Times-News (North Carolina). Google news. January 29, 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 

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