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The Kid from Broken Gun (1952)

Passed | | Western | 19 August 1952 (USA)
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:
Jack Mahoney (as Jack Mahoney)
Dixie King (archive footage)
Smiley Burnette


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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HE'S OUT TO BEAT A MURDER RAP! (original print ad-all caps) See more »




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19 August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Depoimento Acusador  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Smiley who...?
7 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Not being a fan of, or knowledgeable about, cheap B Westerns, I was about to give this film a devastatingly bad review. Fortunately, I had the sense to do some research, and discovered it was the last of a series of Columbia programmers about "The Durango Kid". That doesn't make it any less bad, but at least the film gains some... provenance.

Smiley Burnette is featured in a highly unnecessary role, which includes singing a song he (probably) wrote, "It's the Law". Burnette was at one time a popular sidekick, but unlike (say) Gabby Hayes, is hardly remembered. * It's films like this that might explain why.

Hayes was a good actor who could convincingly play serious roles; Burnette is there strictly for the laughs. Not only does he appear in court dressed as a woman to deliver fake testimony, but when he's accused of wasting the court's time, he sings "It's the Law" wearing a dozen costumes, both male and female. (One suspects this sequence took longer to film than all the rest of the picture.)

Even given that this is a kiddie Western, it's unintentionally risible throughout. Burnette calls armed men "gunsels", the writer apparently not knowing what the word //really// means. And Dixie's riding outfit has to be seen to believed. One can only hope the costume designer was deliberately being campy (rather than believing there was anything historically accurate about it).

"The Kid from Broken Gun" is a laff-riot that, at a very brisk 55 minutes, doesn't wear out its welcome. An ideal "party film".

* Stan Freberg mentions Burnette in the introduction to the "Bang Gunleigh, US Marshal Field" sketch on his 1957 radio show.

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