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The Kid from Broken Gun (1952)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  19 August 1952 (USA)
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Charles Starrett makes his final appearance as The Durango Kid, this time as Steve Reynolds, a postal inspector who has gone underground to catch the bad guys. His longtime sidekick, Smiley... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ...
Jock Mahoney ...
Jack Mahoney (as Jack Mahoney)
Gail Kingston
Tristram Coffin ...
Martin Donohugh
Myron Healey ...
Attorney Kiefer
Helen Mowery ...
Dixie King (archive footage)
Raider ...
Durango's Horse
Bullet ...
Steve's Horse
Smiley Burnette ...
Edgar Dearing ...
Judge Halloway
Chris Alcaide ...
Matt Fallon
Pat O'Malley ...
Doc Handy
John L. Cason ...
Chuck (as John Cason)


Charles Starrett makes his final appearance as The Durango Kid, this time as Steve Reynolds, a postal inspector who has gone underground to catch the bad guys. His longtime sidekick, Smiley Burnette appears as an itinerant optometrist who is hardly in the plot line of the film. Jock Mahoney plays Jack Mahoney, an eastern educated dude who has come back home. The Durango Kid teaches Jack how to draw and fire a six-gun, and the two ultimately work together to bring the outlaws to justice. Evidently, the director, Fred f. Sears, and the cast had made this picture so many times they could not invent a new ending. At the end Smiley addresses the audience directly and assures us that everything turned out all right. He is puzzled, however, why Steve never got to meet The Durango Kid. Written by richardann

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19 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Jock Mahoney appears not only as the token hero of the newly filmed framing story, but also as a henchman in the flashbacks which consist of archive footage edited from The Fighting Frontiersman (1946), from which almost half of the film came. See more »


Edited from The Fighting Frontiersman (1946) See more »

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Adios, Kid
16 December 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charles Starrett ends his acting career, having spent seven years as 'the Durango Kid', one of the regulars on the Top Ten Western Stars list, with this fairly interestingly set up courtroom drama. Here he is on trial for murder and the events are shown in flashback. It's an interesting story-telling technique, weakened, however, by the fact that we know Starrett is a good guy and didn't do it. Costs on this one were kept down by using a single courtroom set for half the one-hour film and using footage from an earlier picture for the rest, which is why Jock Mahoney appears in two roles.

Columbia, the studio that produced Starrett's movies, was getting out of bread-and-butter westerns. The studio had dropped most of its movie series like BLONDIE and THE LONE WOLF and relegated its B production to the cheap Sam Katzman unit. Within a couple of years B movies would be the province of independents like AIP and the movie western would disappear under the onslaught of TV series. Writer Ed Earl Repp would move to TV, cinematographer Fayte M. Browne would be DP on one more movie and director Fred Sears would move to cheap sci-fi flicks... and the long history of genre westerns would end. Too bad.

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