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Blazing the Western Trail (1945)

Passed  |   |  Action, Music, Western  |  18 September 1945 (USA)
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Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett) and his friends Tex Harding (Tex Harding) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) become involved in the affairs of two rival stagecoach lines, one of them headed by Mary... See full summary »



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Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett) and his friends Tex Harding (Tex Harding) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) become involved in the affairs of two rival stagecoach lines, one of them headed by Mary Halliday (Carole Mathews) whose father (Nolan Leary) has been murdered by the gang of the rival line, Forrest Brent(Al Bridge. She is unaware of this, and hinders rather than helps the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) and his friends in their attempts to expose Brent and his gang. Written by Les Adams <>

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THE DURANGO KID BLAZES A NEW THRILL TRAIL! Roaring guns...strumming guitars...swingy tunes...sizzling action! See more »


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18 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desbravadores do Oeste  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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[a gang of thugs holds up Mary's stagecoach]
Cannonball: Your wastin' your time, Mister. We don't carry nothin' but mail on this stage.
Henchman Santry: We ain't particular about what we steal. Get busy, boys!
Mary Halliday: Someday, they're gonna hang you sidewinders from the rafters!
Henchman Santry: Maybe so, if they catch us.
Cannonball: Look, Miss Mary, they turned the horses loose. Say, y'all can't do this to us! How are we goin' to get back to Quantro Basin?
Henchman Santry: Try walkin'. It's good for what ails you.
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More musical than Western, but good fun

There are some astonishing omissions here. For example, the chief bad guy is played by Al Bridge, the sheriff by Edmund Cobb, and they are just two of the dozens who don't get billing credit! Al Bridge was a favorite of Preston Sturges, and had a memorable voice and presence. Apparently there was some budget crunch that caused the cast listing to be so curtailed.

Charles Starrett plays the Durango Kid, who was the star of a long series, but who had several alter egos in that series. Here he is Jeff Waring, though he is Steve Martin, Steve Holden, Steve Ransom, Steve Reynolds, and many other names over the years. That seems odd, too.

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys take up a lot of screen time, and some of the musical instruments seem anachronistic; but this is not meant as a complaint.

Carole Mathews is the leading lady, and she is a real beauty. She has a fairly long list of credits, but I would rate her as worthy of even more.

Tex Harding was the sidekick, and the one who got the girl. He was good looking, sang one of the songs (although I think actually lip-synched), and was a good cowboy. Again, I think he deserved a longer and better career.

There are lots of minor characters, helping flesh out a rather minor script, and making this a very watchable movie. I like a movie more when there are lots of speaking parts, and it's one reason I give this a high score.

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