Whirlwind Raiders (1948)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Music  |  13 May 1948 (USA)
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The Durango Kid battles a gang of outlaws that trick people by calling themselves the "Texas State Police."



(original screenplay) (as Norman Hall)
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Cast overview:
Nancy Saunders ...
Don Reynolds ...
Tommy Ross (as Little Brown Jug)
Fred F. Sears ...
Tracy Beaumont (as Fred Sears)
Doye O'Dell ...
Guitar Player
The Radio Rangers ...
Western Band


It's 1873 and the disbanded Texas Rangers have been replaced by the corrupt Texas State Police. Steve Lanning arrives posing as a wanted outlaw to get in with them in his attempt to have them replaced. His inside work helps the Durango Kid break up the State Police raids but he is in trouble when his secret identiy as Durango becomes known to them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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ADVENTURE STORMS TO NEW HIGHS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Music | Western


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Release Date:

13 May 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cavaleiro da Lei  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: In 1873, the justly famed Texas Rangers had been disbanded. In their places rode an evil crew who looted and killed under the protection of the state police badges they wore.
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I'm Looking Poor but Feeling Rich
Written by Smiley Burnette
Performed by Smiley Burnette
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This time Smiley saves the day
22 May 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

I've read that Smiley "Frog" Burnette and Charles Starrett didn't get alone so well in real life because when they made their first film together Smiley told Starrett that he had been sent by the studio to bail him out. That may not have been exactly true but it is true for this particular outing. Smiley was an extremely talented songwriter and entertainer but he left a little to be desired as a sidekick. I always thought his humor appealed mainly to the preschool crowd. I always liked Gabby Hayes and Fuzzy St. John better. But in this film, Smiley really shines. His comedy is much better too. So I recommend this particular Durango Kid to see Smiley at his best. Otherwise, it's a typical Charles Starrett/Durango Kid feature. One reviewer pointed out that the Kid's identity is revealed for the first and only time in a movie. So that would be another reason to watch Whirlwind Raiders. As usual in a Saturday afternoon oater, the title has very little to do with the story except to indicate that there is plenty of action.

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