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The Durango Kid (1940)

Approved | | Western | 15 August 1940 (USA)
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" ... See full summary »

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Paul Franklin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ... Bill Lowry, The Durango Kid
Luana Walters ... Nancy Winslow
Kenneth MacDonald ... Mace Ballard
Francis Walker ... Steve
Forrest Taylor ... Ben Winslow
Melvin Lang ... Marshal Trayboe
Bob Nolan ... Bob
Pat Brady ... Pat
Frank LaRue ... Sam Lowry
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musical Cowhands
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Both barrels blazin'! all hands singin'!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El héroe enmascarado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mace Ballard: 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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Connections

Spin-off The Kid from Broken Gun (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Rainbow Over the Range
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Tim Spencer
Performed by the Sons of the Pioneers
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A different Kid with a white hat, in the first and probably the best
1 October 2017 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

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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