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The Hawk of Wild River (1952)

Steve Martin (Charles Starrett)is sent to Wild River to recover stolen gold and finds the town is being terrorized by The Hawk (Clayton Moore) and his outlaw gang. The Hawk attempts to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jack Mahoney (as Jack Mahoney)
Eddie Parker ...
Henchman Skeeter (as Edwin Parker)
Jim Diehl ...
Al Travis
Raider ...
Raider - Durango's Horse
Bullet ...
Bullet, Steve's Horse
Smiley Burnette


Steve Martin (Charles Starrett)is sent to Wild River to recover stolen gold and finds the town is being terrorized by The Hawk (Clayton Moore) and his outlaw gang. The Hawk attempts to murder Sheriff Jack Mahoney (Jock Mahoney) and is captured and jailed. Steve helps the Hawk break jail and thus makes contact with the bandit gang. He sends a bungling photographer, Smiley Burnette (Smiley Burnette), to warn the sheriff that the gang plan to rob the express office. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FORTY-FIVE GUNNING...WILD WEST FUNNING! (original print ad - all caps)


Music | Western


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Release Date:

28 February 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Gavião do Rio Bravo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ironies of ironies--the Hawk, a bad guy played by soon to be The Lone Ranger Clayton Moore, is captured by a masked man riding a white stallion. See more »


When Steve Martin goes into the general store and picks out a bone handled 44-40 from the showcase, he loads two bullets into the chamber and proceeds to fire three shots. See more »


Pedro Enchilada
Written by Smiley Burnette
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Straddling Two Eras
26 June 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The Durango Kid is sent to recover stolen gold from an outlaw gang headed by The Hawk who likes to skewer his enemies with a bow and arrow.

A conventional matinée western, "Hawk" had the misfortune of bad timing. It came right at the end of the genre's popularity, when TV was taking over kids viewing. Actually, the movie signals the transition with future TV cowboys Mahoney (The Range Rider) 1953, and Moore (The Lone Ranger) 1949-1957 taking over from Starrett who was rooted in the matinée, this being one of his last films. Thus, it's a kind of look at two entertainment eras. Of course, there's also Autry favorite Smiley Burnette unfortunately appearing in one of his last movie roles.

Actually, it's a decent matinée entry, with enough intrigue and action to keep fans like myself interested. Also, Burnette gets some extended comedic routines that are pretty funny. Too bad his antics often overshadowed what a hugely talented man he was. Maybe most unusual about the entry is the absence of a leading lady. In fact, there are almost no women at all. Frankly, I missed the eye candy. Anyway, the movie can be taken as part of an "adios" to that favorite of several generations-- the matinée western.

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