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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 "Crossroad Avenger" lasts 25 minutes. The series failed to find a buyer. It was eventually combined with another Western starring Keene into a longer film called The Adventures of the Tucson Kid and was syndicated to television c. 1954. See more »

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Excellent cast in low-budget TV pilot

You will want to see this for the cast, including two of the best cowboy stars, Tom Keene and Tom Tyler, and three of the best villains, Lyle Talbot, Kenne Duncan, and Bud Osborne, and two others of talent but of whom I had not heard, villain Don Nagel and "desert rat" Harvey B. Dunn.

Since this was a pilot, one can suppose if it had sold there would have been better plot development in the future.

For a low-budget TV pilot, the production values are pretty good, but there are two problems: Tom Tyler was already in the throes of his ultimately fatal health problems and Tom Keene was looking somewhat past his prime, but only somewhat.

Again, I think if the pilot had sold, the very talented actors would have looked better and the scripts would be better and more detailed.

Tom Keene, even this late in his career, was always a very pleasant character, and a good cowboy. I need a lot of research to understand why he wasn't a huge star. He really deserved to be.

In sum, watch this for the nostalgia, I guess, and for the history, since the four cowboys (Keene, Tyler, Osborne, Duncan) are so much part and parcel of the Hollywood West and western.


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