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The San Antonio Kid (1944)

Approved | | Western | 16 August 1944 (USA)
Red Ryder tries to expose murderous crooks who are terrorizing ranchers into selling their land because they contain secret, oil rich deposits.


Howard Bretherton


Norman S. Hall (original screenplay), Fred Harman (based on the comic by)


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Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Robert Blake ... Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)
Alice Fleming ... The Duchess
Linda Stirling ... Ann Taylor
Earle Hodgins ... Happy Jack
Glenn Strange ... Ace Hanlon
LeRoy Mason ... Walter Garfield
Duncan Renaldo ... Johnny Bennett - aka San Antonio Kid
Tom London ... Henchman Long
Jack Kirk ... Ben Taylor
Robert J. Wilke ... Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
Cliff Parkinson Cliff Parkinson ... Ed - Henchman
Jack O'Shea ... Nick - Bartender


A geologist has found oil on the neighboring ranches and teams up with Ace who has his gang create a reign of terror to get the ranchers to sell out. But to get rid of Red Ryder, Ace sends for the San Antonio Kid. Arriving, the Kid has a freak accident and Red comes along to save his life. When the Kid later meets with Ace he learns that Red is the man he has been paid to kill. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Ridin' Ropin' Roarin' Red (Print ad- Racine Journal-Times,((Racine, Wisc.)) 22 April 1946) See more »










Release Date:

16 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Valentão de Santo Antônio See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: The San Antonio Kid (2016) See more »

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There's oil on the ranches
15 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott stars in yet another film as Red Ryder where he has to face The San Antonio Kid in a showdown. Duncan Renaldo plays The San Antonio Kid, noted gambler and fast draw who is asked to become a contract killer.

The stakes are high in this one. Oil company man LeRoy Mason is in cahoots with saloon owner Glenn Strange who's been running ranchers off their property because there's hidden oil there. The latest victim was Linda Stirling's father and now Stirling is living over at Red Ryder's ranch with the Duchess, Little Beaver, and Red.

Strange sends for a former faro dealer Renaldo to gun Red Ryder whom he sees as the main obstacle in getting control of the oil. But as it turns out Renaldo has a mind of his own.

Earle Hodgins is in this one functioning as an additional sidekick for Red Ryder, an adult one. Although that's a debatable point as Hodgins and little Bobby Blake get into with Blake constantly outsmarting him and providing the laughs in this western.

A good outing for Wild Bill Elliott in the Red Ryder series.

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