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The Durango Kid (1940)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  15 August 1940 (USA)
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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" ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ...
Luana Walters ...
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Mace Ballard
Francis Walker ...
Forrest Taylor ...
Ben Winslow
Melvin Lang ...
Marshal Trayboe
Bob Nolan ...
Pat Brady ...
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 <>

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Both barrels blazin'! all hands singin'!




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Release Date:

15 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El héroe enmascarado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ben Taggart originally was cast as "Marshal Trayboe" and is even in the press-book for that role, but he was replaced by Melvin Lang. See more »


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 »


The Prairie Sings a Lullaby
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Glenn Spencer
Performed by the Sons of the Pioneers
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15 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Durango Kid (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bill Lowry (Charles Starrett) returns home only to have his father murdered. He turns into his alter ego The Durango Kid to try and find out who killed his father as well as who's behind terrorizing the local settlers. THE DURANGO KID is a pretty good "B" Western from Columbia that manages to keep you entertained throughout its 61-minute running time. As with most Westerns like this, one certainly shouldn't go in expecting the work of John Ford but for the most part I think fans of the low-budget genre should be entertained. A lot of credit must go to director Lambert Hillyer who manages to keep the film moving at a very good pace and there aren't any boring or dry moments, which certainly helps. I think there are some good gunfights throughout the picture and the final fight is a very good one. I also thought the lead character was one that had no trouble keeping one interesting in everything going on. Starrett certainly has no problem at being charming and I think he's good enough in the role to keep you involved. Kenneth MacDonald is also very good in the role of the villain while Luana Walters is cute as the love interest. The film certainly isn't Oscar-worthy but if you enjoy this type of Westerns then this here is worth watching.

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