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Man from Texas (1948)

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James Craig is torn between his criminal career as the masked bandit named the "El Paso Kid," and the life of a law-abiding citizen with his long-suffering wife Zoe (Bari). Throughout the ... See full summary »

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James Craig ...
Tobias Simms, alias Toby Heath
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Zee Simms, alias Zee Heath
Johnny Johnston ...
Billy Taylor (as Johnnie Johnston)
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Widow Weeks
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Jed (as Wally Ford)
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'Pop' Hickey
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Aunt Belle
Victor Cutler ...
Charlie Jackson (as Vic Cutler)
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Marshal Gregg
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James Craig is torn between his criminal career as the masked bandit named the "El Paso Kid," and the life of a law-abiding citizen with his long-suffering wife Zoe (Bari). Throughout the film, he tells his worried wife "just one more time," but is unable to stop, angering Zoe greatly. However, he does have brief moments of heroics when he helps the Widow Weeks *Merkel) save her farm. This was Eagle-Lion Studios first "big budget" film. Written by Anonymous

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"The Good Book says, relieve the weary traveler of his burden".
10 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not surprising that this film doesn't have any reviews up to this point. I've only come across it as part of the Mill Creek Entertainment collection of two hundred fifty mostly little known B Westerns. This one's a below average entry, almost to the point of being inane. Had I known the main character Tobias Simms/El Paso Kid (James Craig) was going to get married to his wife Zee (Lynn Bari) more than once I would have kept track. I can understand how this might have been confusing for the young Heath kids, who were present for each ceremony, their last names changing each time to accommodate the new town they found themselves in. You see, Toby was addicted to being an outlaw, and even though Zee attempted to leave him behind every time he took off with his gang, she always wound up back with him. This yo-yo effect got monotonous after a while, and I found myself rooting for Zee to just up and run away as she threatened to do any number of times.

But that wasn't the most unbelievable part of the story. In his travels, El Paso comes across a widow (Una Merkel) who had nine kids in nine years, but none of them were around! It was explained that her husband's folks took them away, presumably because she was too poor to take care of them. With money 'borrowed' from a local bank, The Kid pays off her home, has the bank representative robbed of the the money, and later proceeds to pay back the money he got from banker Hickey (Harry Davenport).

The way the story ends is a puzzler too. As the law eventually catches up with Mr. Kid (Hickey's name for Toby), he's arrested and on his way to prison. Ever the honorable outlaw, he helps prevent a train robbery, then puts himself back into the custody of the marshal. You would think that Mrs. Kid would have been fed up by now, but the couple is genuinely relieved that his sentence has been reduced to a year and a day. If I had to bet, they'll get married once he gets out.


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