The first film in which Charles Starrett played an alter-ego character known as "The Durango Kid" but this entry, for all intents and purposes, has only the names of Starrett and "Durango" ...
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Remade in 1956 as Canyon River starring George Montgomery, this film has Wyoming rancher Jim Kirk (Bill Elliott) deciding to cross-breed his Texas longhorns with Herefords to develop what ... See full summary »
Young Danny leads an Army detail into a trap enabling his brother Steve and his gang to capture their load of gattling guns. Tim and Chito capture the brothers but don't find the guns. Tim ... See full summary »
John Poole, a lawman turned peace-loving doctor, refuses to use force to tame the lawless element of the town. Tom Nightlander, newly-appointed sheriff, who uses both his fists and guns ... See full summary »
Johnny Mack Brown,
New ranch owners Tucson, Stony, and Lullaby find their legal papers missing and cattle rustled. The culprit is Ogden and his stooge Deputy Glascow. When the trio fight back, Ogden brings in... See full summary »
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to... See full summary »
Captain Fred Allison has been in a German Prisoner of War Camp for a long time. It has been two years since he last saw Monica, a girl he met, married and bought a house with in six days ... See full summary »
Roy Del Ruth
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
The first film in which Charles Starrett played an alter-ego character known as "The Durango Kid" but this entry, for all intents and purposes, has only the names of Starrett and "Durango" in common with the long (long, long) "Durango Kid" series Starrett starred in from late-1944, beginning with "The Return of the Durango Kid" until 1952. Rancher Sam Lowry is killed by Mace Ballard because he learned that Ballard's men are waging war against the homesteaders. Ballard blames the killing on "The Durango Kid", a a mysterious frontier Robin Hood friendly to the homesteaders. This accusation makes Bill Lowry more than a little suspicious of Ballard for, unknown to anyone, he is the Durango Kid, a role he has assumed in order to fight against the Ballard gang. When Ballard's men raid the Ben Winslow homestead, they are driven off by Bill and his ranch hands but not before the home is burned and the cattle scattered. Taking a shine to Winslow's daughter, Nancy, Bill masks himself as "...Written by
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Charles Starrett made a career out of playing 'The Durango Kid", appearing as the character in more than 60 "B" western movies. Oddly enough, though he revealed his true identity at the end of every picture, no one seemed to remember it in subsequent adventures. See more »
Even though the story is taking place sometime in the latter half of the 19th Century, Luana Walters' bobbed hair style, and particularly her knee length skirts and high heel shoes, are strictly 1940; likewise the background women at various points in the film, and in the closing sequence. See more »
You've been so clever, I thought I might learn something talking to you. They say a dyin' man's words are interesting.
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A different Kid with a white hat, in the first and probably the best
After being kind of disillusioned with the Durango Kid films I saw, back from my childhood in the fifties, it was quite a thrill to see this one, the first, made in 1940. Here in Brazil, the Kid was more known in the comic book stories, but whenever I had a chance I would see a film, and he was my favorite hero. But as time went by I would neither enjoy Smiley Burnette, nor the plots that seemed too recurrent and obvious. But in "The Durango Kid" everything works better. The plot is elementary, but exciting, the Sons of the Pioneers, are better than ever, the songs are good. Charles Starrett has some ironic dialogues with the bad guy, Ballard Kenneth MacDonald) which show what a good actor he was. And the Kid wears a white hat! In my opinion, the best of the Durango Kid's movies.
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