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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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Mace Ballard
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Ben Winslow
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Marshal Trayboe
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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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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Tumbling Tumbleweeds
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Nolan
Performed by the Sons of the Pioneers over opening and closing credits
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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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