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The Sombrero Kid (1942)

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A US marshal is murdered by a gang run by the town boss. The marshal's son poses as an outlaw to infiltrate the gang and bring them to justice.



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Complete credited cast:
Lynn Merrick ...
Dorothy Russell
Robert Homans ...
Marshal Thomas Holden
John James ...
Tommy Holden
Joel Friedkin ...
Uriah Martin
Philip Martin
Stuart Hamblen ...
Smoke Denton
Robert McKenzie ...
Judge Tater (as Bob McKenzie)
Slim Andrews ...
Panamint (as Lloyd 'Slim' Andrews)
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Barnett


When Marshall Holden discovers gold, Martin tricks him into signing a deed and then has him killed. His natural son replaces him as Marshall but his adopted son Jerry accidently kills a man and is wrongly convicted of murder. But Martin also has a son and he is the key to solving Jerry's problems. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Romance | Western





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31 July 1942 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Contemporary television crime drama forerunner
4 March 2007 | by (Studio City, CA) – See all my reviews

Don "Red" Barry is Jerry. the adopted son of Tom Holden and returns with him and Holden's son Tommy to Coldwater, after an absence of fifteen years. Local residents recruit Holden to become sheriff and fight local gang led by Smoke Denton. However, the true leader is local banker.

Tom Holden is murdered after he discovers gold and is duped into signing mine deed as collateral for bank loan. Holden's son Tommy, replaces his father as sheriff. Meanwhile Don Barry as Jerry is framed and convicted for a murder. He escapes and begins quest for justice.

Those are just the highlights of this fast-paced story which seems to be the forerunner of contemporary television crime dramas, with multiple story lines.

The only version on DVD is poor quality with some scenes nearly black and with little contrast. The few 16mm prints floating around are fair at best unless someone knows better.

Don "Red" Barry doesn't rise above pedestrian or journeyman. Adequate is the most appropriate adjective. Moreover, he never wears a sombrero so I have no idea why he is the Sombrero Kid. Unfortunately, unless you want to watch 16mm, there isn't a good version on DVD.

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