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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 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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The film served as a star vehicle for Tom Keene. Keene had become known as a star of B movie Westerns in the 1930s and 1940s, but was experiencing a downturn in his career in the 1950s. See more »

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

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pathetic production with good stars after their sunset
11 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Tom Keene looks tired, as does half the cast of this half-hour TV pilot directed and written by the infamous Ed Wood, Jr. I bought a copy of the movie from Ray Dennis Steckler, and the best part of it was a little piece he (or someone) had taped on the end which included a commercial for Remington ammunition with Keene Duncan shooting at various forms of candy and food products (presumably items with which the juvenile audience could relate to in terms of size).

As for the pilot, it is crudely produced, with typical terrible Wood direction. At one point, the aged comedy actor simply lurches off the screen at a really odd angle. Others have posited that this show was equivalent to other material on the air at the time: I'd like to see it. Of course, all I've really been able to find is "The Lone Ranger" and "The Gene Autry Show", and on these shows professional directors and photographers were utilized, even if the writing was pretty standard. Ed Wood can be an interesting writer, but his direction is awful by any measure, and it shows even in this tiny prairie saga.


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