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The Durango Kid (1940)

Approved | | Western | 15 August 1940 (USA)
The first film in which Charles Starrett played an alter-ego character known as "The Durango Kid" but this entry, for all intents and purposes, has only the names of Starrett and "Durango" ... See full summary »

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Music | Western
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It is Texas in 1875 and Kirby's gang continues to rob the stage. But now, the Durango Kid, robs Kirby's gang and returns the money to Mrs. Bancroft of the stage line. After that, he foils ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams
Stars: Charles Starrett, Tex Harding, Jean Stevens
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett) and his friends Tex Harding (Tex Harding) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) become involved in the affairs of two rival stagecoach lines, one of them headed by Mary... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Keays
Stars: Charles Starrett, Tex Harding, Dub Taylor
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The outlaw gangs are robbing the railroads and the Rangers cannot follow them when they move to New Mexico. So Kip decides to take a vacation to New Mexico and, as the Durango Kid, bring ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams
Stars: Charles Starrett, Tex Harding, Dub Taylor
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

One of the writers of this serial, George H. Plympton, dusted the story off and re-sold it to Sam Katzman for a Columbia 1951 serial called "Roar of the Iron Horse". "Winners of the West" ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Stars: Dick Foran, Anne Nagel, Tom Fadden
Certificate: Passed Music | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Durango Kid--with "unable" assistance from Smiley "Sherlock Holmes" Burnett--investigates a pair of murders that threaten to fuel a range war.

Director: Ray Nazarro
Stars: Charles Starrett, Virginia Hunter, Ozie Waters
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Luana Walters ...
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Mace Ballard
Francis Walker ...
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Ben Winslow
Melvin Lang ...
Marshal Trayboe
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Pat Brady ...
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Frank LaRue ...
Sam Lowry
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The first film in which Charles Starrett played an alter-ego character known as "The Durango Kid" but this entry, for all intents and purposes, has only the names of Starrett and "Durango" in common with the long (long, long) "Durango Kid" series Starrett starred in from late-1944, beginning with "The Return of the Durango Kid" until 1952. Rancher Sam Lowry is killed by Mace Ballard because he learned that Ballard's men are waging war against the homesteaders. Ballard blames the killing on "The Durango Kid", a a mysterious frontier Robin Hood friendly to the homesteaders. This accusation makes Bill Lowry more than a little suspicious of Ballard for, unknown to anyone, he is the Durango Kid, a role he has assumed in order to fight against the Ballard gang. When Ballard's men raid the Ben Winslow homestead, they are driven off by Bill and his ranch hands but not before the home is burned and the cattle scattered. Taking a shine to Winslow's daughter, Nancy, Bill masks himself as "... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Both barrels blazin'! all hands singin'!

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15 August 1940 (USA)  »

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El héroe enmascarado  »

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Charles Starrett made a career out of playing 'The Durango Kid", appearing as the character in more than 60 "B" western movies. Oddly enough, though he revealed his true identity at the end of every picture, no one seemed to remember it in subsequent adventures. See more »

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Mace Ballard: You've been so clever, I thought I might learn something talking to you. They say a dyin' man's words are interesting.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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There's a Rainbow Over the Range
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Tim Spencer
Performed by the Sons of the Pioneers
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An excellent B western
18 October 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This is the best edition of the "Durango Kid" series I have seen. Kenneth MacDonald is, as always, an excellent villain. It's nice not to have to put up with the antics of a dopey comic sidekick. The plot is good, but ignore the 1940s outfits on the women.


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