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Down Laredo Way (1953)

 -  Western  -  5 August 1953 (USA)
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Rodeo star Rex Allen investigates the death of a colleague and in the process uncovers a ring of diamond smugglers.



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Complete credited cast:
Rex Allen ...
Rex Allen
Koko ...
Koko, Rex's Horse (as Koko the Miracle Horse of the Movies)
Dona Drake ...
Roy Barcroft ...
Judy Nugent ...
Taffy Wells
Percy Helton ...
Judge Sully
Chip Wells
Zon Murray ...
Joe, the Fake Deputy


Rex Allen, star of the Western Rodeo Circus, and his clown pal Slim Pickens, get involved in the matrimonial plans of high-wire specialist Chip Wells and his treacherous parter Valerie, through feeling sorry for Chip's motherless 8-year-old daughter Taffy. Chip thinks Taffy is jealous of Valerie, but Taffy tells Rex that she just thinks Valerie isn't the right woman for her father. After protecting Valerie from Cooper, Chip discovers that Valerie has diamonds worth a half-million dollars in her possession. Chip hides the diamonds in Taffy's doll, until he can get an explanation from Valerie. Knowing that Chip won't tolerate her diamond-smuggling activities, Valerie distracts him at a critical point in their high-wire performance and he falls to his death. To get possession of Chip's personal belongings, knowing the diamonds are hidden there, she calls on the shady "Judge" Sully for help. He writes a phony order making Taffy a ward of his court and orders Chip's belongings to be held ... Written by Les Adams <>

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5 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Salto da Morte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Excellent B Western!!

Down Laredo Way is a fun, exciting and at times funny western from Republic's later days that benefits from master serial/western director William Witney and a likable cast; the heroic Rex Allen, comical sidekick Slim Pickens, beautiful and hilarious Dona Drake, adorable Judy Nugent and Clayton Moore (without his mask) just to name a few. A good diamond mystery, humor, suspense, a beautiful gypsy girl, and plenty of action! All that and much more in 54 minutes. Unbelievable!!! Watch it!!

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