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Prospector Cimarron Dobbs (Emmett Lynn) stumbles on a vast cache of Spanish gold left in Texas by Santa Anna's army, and knows he will be swindled out of his discovery unless he gets help. Saloon hostess Dixie King (Helen Mowery) agrees that he must secure the help of the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett), otherwise known as Steve Reynolds. Dobbs is kidnapped by a gang headed by John Munro (Robert Filmer'), owner of the saloon where Dixie works. She writes Steve, and the Durango Kid and his sidekick Smiley (Smiley Burnette) ride out to help. Meanwhile,henchmen Rankin (George Chesebro) and Slade (Zon Murray) are vainly attempting to learn the location of the treasure from Dobbs. Steve begins to suspect that Munro is involved, and offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to Dobb's whereabouts and announces that the treasure will be divided among the needy ranchers in the area. Written by
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This is a typically lively early Durango Kid western -- star Starrett had been making movies since 1930s and had moved into B westerns half a dozen years later -- with some good songs by Smiley Burnette and Western Swing group, the Georgia Crackers. Cinematographer Philip Tanura's work is unremarkable, although his interior shots are very formal.
The story is centered around people looking for and fighting over Santa Ana's gold, which is just as good a starting point as any for a B western Western, since it all come down to an arrangement of the tropes of westerns. There is a nice, confusing series of double-crosses to keep the viewer interested. There is an early series example of using a narrator to set the story. With a screen time of 61 minutes, it helps to get through at such a speed, although later Durango Kids would wind up using it as a crutch as budgets tightened.
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