Curtain Call at Cactus Creek

Curtain Call at Cactus Creek is an American western comedy film starring Donald O'Connor and Gale Storm. In the story, a traveling entertainer (O'Connor) gets mixed up with bank robbers.

Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
Directed byCharles Lamont
Produced byRobert Arthur
Screenplay byHoward Dimsdale
Story byHoward Dimsdale
Stanley Roberts
StarringDonald O'Connor
Gale Storm
Vincent Price
Eve Arden
Music byWalter Scharf
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byFrank Gross
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 25, 1950 (1950-05-25) (United States)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


A traveling troupe of entertainers arrives in Cactus Creek, Arizona, to put on a show. The act's stars are singer Lily Martin and her niece Julie and the flamboyant actor Tracy Holland, while a frustrated Eddie Timmons handles the lighting, sound effects and other duties, even though his ambition is to perform on stage. Eddie's in love with Julie.

The bandit Rimrock Thomas turns up with his gang to rob the bank. Rimrock gets an idea while watching Lily Martin perform. He will coincide the robbery with the next show. Rimrock's presence disturbs Eddie and ends up disrupting the performance. When an explosion is heard from the direction of the bank, the audience flees. So do the entertainers, who don't want to give the customers a refund.

Rimrock hides in Eddie's wagon. He decides to keep using the show as a front, teaching Eddie how to become a successful outlaw. Eddie gets caught by a sheriff, but Rimrock has taken a shine to the young man and breaks him out of jail. When he's cornered, Rimrock arranges it so that it appears Eddie is the one who captured him. Eddie collects a $26,000 reward and vows to go straight, but Rimrock expects to see him again very soon.


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