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Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid (1953)

Unrated | | Short, Western | TV Short 7 April 2010
This Pilot was about the Adventures of the "Tucson Kid", an insurance investigator who travels to any town where a suspicious insurance claim has appeared.

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The Tucson Kid
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Deputy Ed
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Don Nagel ...
Dance
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Zeke
Forbes Murray ...
Roger
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Lefty
Bud Osborne ...
Max
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Duke ...
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The title character is the "Tucson Kid", an insurance investigator who travels to any town where a suspicious insurance claim has appeared.The film is set in a small town by the name of Crossroads. The Tucson Kid, under the alias Duke Smith, is here to investigate the burning of a saloon and the reason the owner demands payment in cash by the insurance company. Said owner is local businessman Bart Miller (Lyle Talbot), who recently arranged the murder of Jim Hawks (the co-owner of the saloon) and the destruction of the saloon in an act of arson. The murdered man was also the local sheriff. Miller employs a criminal gang consisting of Dance (Don Nagle), Lefty (Kenne Duncan), and Max (Bud Osborne). Written by Dimadick

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7 April 2010 (Australia)  »

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The concept of a protagonist as a traveling insurance investigator would allow the proposed series to adopt an anthology format, with a different location and storyline in each episode. See more »

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Referenced in The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) See more »

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Ed Wood plays it safe
11 October 2006 | by (Studio City, CA) – See all my reviews

For unknown reason, writer-director Ed Wood Jr, called this pilot Crossroad Avenger instead of the more accurate Tucson Kid. This is standard B-western fare without a strong lead character. Plus, the storyline is tedious and predictable.

Considering Ed Wood, wrote and directed such classics as Plan 9 From Outer Space and Bride of the Monster, this program is disappointing in that there is nothing perverse, unusual, ridiculous or comical. And, certainly nothing memorable. Also, it pales in comparison with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger, Zorro or even Bat Masterson.

Sadly, this is probably the most professional program written and directed by Ed but, unfortunately it is uninspired. Considering this is a pilot, the lead character is not strongly developed but then again this was written and produced many years ago.

This would have been more successful and enjoyable as a feature film although it still would not have been notable. If you seeking Ed Wood wackiness, then save your money. This is not the Ed Wood Jr. most of us know and love.


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