The Eagle and the Hawk (1950 film)

The Eagle and the Hawk is a 1950 American Technicolor Western film directed by Lewis R. Foster and written by Lewis R. Foster and Daniel Mainwaring. The film stars John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe, Thomas Gomez, Fred Clark and Frank Faylen. The film was released on May 30, 1950, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

The Eagle and the Hawk
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis R. Foster
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byLewis R. Foster
Daniel Mainwaring
Story byJess Arnold
StarringJohn Payne
Rhonda Fleming
Dennis O'Keefe
Thomas Gomez
Fred Clark
Frank Faylen
Music byRudy Schrager
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byHoward A. Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 30, 1950 (1950-05-30)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million[1]


Gov. Lubbock (Grandon Rhodes) of Texas has asked Todd Croyden (John Payne) of the Texas Rangers to spring a Union Army spy from a Confederate camp and bring him back. France is trying to seize Mexico and the governor is aiding the latter's defense effort. Guns and ammo are being stolen in Corales, so the governor wants the Ranger and the spy, Whitney Randolph (Dennis O'Keefe), to investigate. Croyden doesn't much care for Randolph, who wins his horse and harmonica gambling on the trail.

While crossing the Rio Grande, they end up held at gunpoint by a woman, Madeline Danzeeger (Rhonda Fleming), whose wagon is stuck. After helping her, they learn that a former German army officer also named Danzeeger, likely her father, is working with a Mexican general, Liguras (Thomas Gomez), for big money. Croyden locates the missing munitions at Basil Danzeeger's (Fred Clark) ranch, but foreman Red Hyatt (Frank Faylen) is suspicious of him. A fire set by Croyden and Randolph destroys the gunpowder, but Madeline turns out to be Basil's wife and takes them prisoner. Red Hyatt tries to kill Croyden by tying him to two wild horses. Randolph dies while saving him.

Madeline has a change of heart, having fallen in love with Croyden, and is shot by her husband. Basil and Liguras end up in a fight to the death fatal to both, and, luckily, it appears Madeline will recover.



Pine-Thomas were so pleased with the film they wanted to reteam Payne, Fleming and O'Keefe in more movies as a version of the "Road To..." movies.[4]


  1. "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.
  2. Crowther, Bosley (1950-07-06). "Movie Review - The Eagle and the Hawk - THE SCREED IN REVIEW; 'The Eagle and fhe Hawk,'Based on an Incident in Civil War, Opens of Paramount". Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  3. "The Eagle and the Hawk (1950) - Overview". 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  4. Dennis O'Keefe Repeat Okayed by Pine-Thomas Los Angeles Times 19 Aug 1949: B5.
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