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Snake River Desperadoes (1951)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  30 May 1951 (USA)
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Hatching a scheme to sell rifles to the Indians as a protection against the white settlers, Jim Haverly (Monte Blue) works both sides against the middle by having his henchmen masquerade as... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ...
Don Reynolds ...
Little Hawk (as Don Reynolds 'Brown Jug')
Tommy Ivo ...
Billy Haverly
Monte Blue ...
Jim Haverly
Smiley Burnette ...


Hatching a scheme to sell rifles to the Indians as a protection against the white settlers, Jim Haverly (Monte Blue) works both sides against the middle by having his henchmen masquerade as Indians and raid the settlers. With the ranchers preparing for retribution against the Indians, Haverly's plan is working well until Steve Reynolds/The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) shows up and, with the aid of a young white boy (Tommy Ivo) and his young Indian friend (Don Reynolds), and his bumbling sidekick Smiley (Smiley Burnette), begins the process of uncovering the actual villains. Written by Les Adams <>

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Charles STARRETT'S guns ablazing... Smiley BURNETTE'S fun amazing!








Release Date:

30 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Tenebrosos  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Just before the stage carrying Smiley Burnett and the Indian agent is attacked by the fake Indians you can see the guide wire for the first arrow fired into the stage bouncing around between Smiley and the Indian agent's head. See more »


[Smiley's off-tune trumpet playing annoys his fellow passenger]
Jason Fox: Do you have to do that?
Smiley: No, I'm not getting paid for it, if that's what you mean... but I'm just practicing. You know what they say about practice - practice makes perfect. Say, I wish you could hear the Smiley Burnette Silver Cornet Band. We can really play, I mean. I been all the way back to Indianapolis Indianapus to get us some uniforms. Here, just look at that.
[he pulls out a band hat]
Smiley: Boy, ain't that like downtown? Ain't that ...
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Ever hear a polka in a Western?
6 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've seen one Durango Kid movie, you've seen them all. Here's the deal - in the opening sequence, the Durango Kid rides into town in the guise of his alter-ego. His name usually changes from film to film; in "Snake River Desperados", he goes by Steve Reynolds.

Within the first fifteen minutes, we're treated to a humorous Smiley Burnette song. Sometimes Smiley knows the new man in town, sometimes he doesn't. However at some point they manage to form a casual alliance and go about righting the wrong of the movie. In this case, rancher Jim Haverly (Monte Blue) feigns friendliness to a band of Indians, while inciting his fellow ranchers to inflict damage to the town while dressed up as redskins. Then, Haverly gets to have it both ways by selling guns to Chief Black Eagle, hoping to create a vicious spiral of events.

The Durango Kid is on top of things though, and is aided by two young boys, one an Indian named Little Hawk, and the other the nephew of villain Haverly. Meanwhile, the affable Smiley and his fellow musicians (The Silver Coronet Band!) dress up in their new uniforms and perform, get this - a polka! Burnette is always good for two, sometimes even three musical numbers per show. It's all spirited fun as the the guilty parties are finally uncovered, and The Durango Kid gets to move on to another town, another meeting with Smiley Burnette, and another mission accomplished.

If you like this film, (and I do enjoy these, even if the plot never changes), seek out the Durango films with early film appearances by Clayton Moore and Jock Mahoney. Occasionally Dub Taylor provides the comic relief in place of Smiley Burnette.

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