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The Return of the Durango Kid (1945)

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 »

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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 or robs the gang every time they try to make a heist. But Bill is really looking for evidence to clear the name of his dead father, the real Durango Kid. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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GALLOP TO GLORY WITH A GREAT NEW HERO...ROBIN HOOD OF THE RANGE! (original poster - all caps)


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19 April 1945 (USA)  »

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A Volta de Durango Kid  »

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Sung by Tex Harding (dubbed by James T. 'Bud' Nelson)
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Good Start to the Series
16 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Return of the Durango Kid (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bill Blayden (Charles Starrett) travels to a small town to clear his father of a crime he didn't commit. Once there he realizes that the stagecoaches are being robbed at every turn and that the man behind it (John Calvert) might have also had something to do with his father's ordeal. THE RETURN OF THE DURANGO KID isn't really a sequel to the 1940 film that also had Starrett because nothing matches up in regards to the story. This here was the starting point for sixty-plus more films in the Columbia series and this here gets it off to a good running start. The thing with these "B" Westerns is that you're either going to get them and enjoy them for their cheap, unoriginal quality or you're going to see them as trash that is nothing but the same story repeating itself. I found this here to be fairly entertaining thanks in large part to the performance of Starrett. Now, I'm not going to sit here and say this guy rivaled John Barrymore but an actual "performance" isn't the key to one of these Westerns. The viewer needs someone he likes and someone strong enough to carry you through the story and the actor does just that. I also thought Calvert was good as the bad guy and Jean Stevens as the love interest with the clever name of Paradise Flo. The film manages to have some good chases, several gunfights and overall good feel to carry the 58-minute running time.


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