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Silver City Kid (1944)

Passed | | Crime, Western | 20 July 1944 (USA)
Molybdenum deposits can make a man rich, but Stoner finds that the deposits run under the Clayton Ranch. Judge Ballard wants the Ranch so he has Garvey shoot Steve. When Ruth blames Stoner ... See full summary »

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Jack Adams
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Ruth Clayton
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Wildcat Higgens
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Twinkle Clayton
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Judge Sam H. Ballard
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William Stoner
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Steve Clayton
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Henchman Yeager
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Henchman Utah
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Molybdenum deposits can make a man rich, but Stoner finds that the deposits run under the Clayton Ranch. Judge Ballard wants the Ranch so he has Garvey shoot Steve. When Ruth blames Stoner for the death of Steve, Ballard shoots Stoner and puts the blame on Ruth, who is holding the gun. This way, Ballard has no partners. While Garvey tries to shoot Jack over and over, Jack is looking for evidence to clear Ruth and convict Ballard. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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THUNDERING HOOFS! PULSE-POUNDING ADVENTURE! All blended into an action-packed western! See more »

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Crime | Western

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20 July 1944 (USA)  »

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À Procura do Assassino  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Where's The Silver City Kid?
4 August 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

As was the case in many series westerns, the title of the movie had nothing to do with the plot. First of all there's no silver in the story, its an unpronounceable metal (molybdenum) that is used to harden steel. Secondly, there is no one in the cast identified in any way as The Silver City Kid.

Having said all of that, this movie is one of a series that starred Allan Lane in the days before he became Red Ryder and "Rocky" Lane. Lane is Jack Adams the foreman of the Clayton Ranch. Owner Steve Clayton (Lane Chandler) is murdered when he finds out why bad guys Ballard (Harry Woods) and Banker Stoner (Frank Jaquet) are trying to convince him to sell his ranch. It seems that a rich deposit of the ore is right under the ranch.

Clayton's sister Ruth (Peggy Stewart) and Adams and his pal Wildcat (Wally Vernon) take up the fight. There's plenty of action including a pretty good saloon brawl and a couple of gunfights, before the baddies are brought to justice in the final reel.

Director John English keeps the story moving and Republic's expert stunt people keep the action scenes exciting and entertaining. And there is the usual supporting cast of veteran players. In addition to those already mentioned, there is Glenn Strange as the chief henchman and Tom London as the sheriff. Stuntman Tom Steele even has a small role as "one of the boys". "Twinkle" Watts is along for the kiddies as, you guessed it, Twinkle.

Allan Lane had appeared in a few serials at Republic in the early 40s before getting this series. This I believe, was Wally Vernon's only appearance as Lane's sidekick.


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