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Desert Vigilante (1949)

Approved | | Western | 9 April 1949 (USA)
Silver is being smuggled across the border and the secret passage goes through Betty Long's basement. When Steve arrives he gets tangled up with the rustlers who are now going to have the Durango Kid to contend with.





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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ...
Steve Wood - The Durango Kid
Betty Long
Thomas Hadley
Mary Newton ...
George Chesebro ...
Bill Martin
The Georgia Crackers ...
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Government agent Steve Brooks, secretly the Durango Kid, rides to the border town of San Feliz after a gang smuggling silver from Mexico. All trails lead to the Lazy Zee ranch run by Betty Long, whose uncle has been killed in a mysterious manner in the ranch house cellar. Ranch cook Smiley Burnette is certain the cellar is haunted. Steve, alternating between his own identity and the Durango Kid, learns that Federal Attorney Thomas Hadley, is mixed up with the smugglers. Steve's government agent identity is discovered and Hadley and his partner Martin try to kill him. He escapes and soon discovers that the ring leader of the gang is Angel, a seemingly sweet old lady, who supposedly has been confined to be and taken care of by Betty because her late husband was once foreman of the Lazy Zee. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

9 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vigilantes do Deserto  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by Jimmy Wakely
Performed by The Georgia Crackers
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"Open the doors and blast him!"
21 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well if there was ever any doubt that these Durango Kid flicks were made for a pre-adolescent gang of nine and ten year olds, this one will rest my case. For example, when Smiley Burnette and Betty Long express their disbelief that anyone could have made a noise in the basement of the Long home, it became pretty obvious to me that Miss Long must have never walked across the room to know that there was a door on the other side! And then, later on in the story when Durango and Smiley open that door and discover a cave used by silver smugglers, they proceed down the passage way for a distance, and upon turning around all you see is the great outdoors! How did that happen?

Well I guess none of this had to make any sense to a theater full of screaming kids who came there to see Durango whip up on the bad guys. This film had plenty of them, led by crooked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Hadley (Tristram Coffin). You know, I never commented on this before even though I've seen him in a slew of old Westerns, but who ever came up with the name Tristram. There's just no way to say it without it sounding like it's being mispronounced. Tris for short makes more sense, but gee, what was Mrs. Coffin thinking when she named her son?

And wait a minute now - did I see what I think I saw? The Durango Kid is riding his horse and gets knocked off by a tree branch? Wow, is that any way to treat a hero? Actually I saw this happen in another B Western, I think it was Buster Crabbe but can't remember the name of the picture. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

Well if you think I'm being critical here, forget it. I can watch this stuff pretty much all day if I had the chance. It's a lot of fun catching all the goofy stuff going on, and if you can put up with the nonsense and the endless horse chases, you might even learn something. Like thirty five dollars a month was pretty good pay for a ranch hand in the 1880's. But there is one thing the movie left me wondering about

  • what exactly is a frog-sticker?

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