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Cyclone Fury (1951)

Johnny is a young Indian boy who falls heir to thousands of wild horses when his adoptive white father is murdered by henchmen of the town's leading citizen, Grat Hanlon. With the aid of ... See full summary »


Ray Nazarro


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ... The Durango Kid / Steve Reynolds
Fred F. Sears ... Captain Barham
Clayton Moore ... Grat Hanlon
Robert J. Wilke ... Bunco - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
Merle Travis ... Guitar Player
Merle Travis' Bronco Busters Merle Travis' Bronco Busters ... Musicians
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley Burnette


Johnny is a young Indian boy who falls heir to thousands of wild horses when his adoptive white father is murdered by henchmen of the town's leading citizen, Grat Hanlon. With the aid of his protector Steve Reynolds, he acquires an Army contract to deliver 300 horses a month to the cavalry. Hanlon, desiring the contract himself, and his men set out to keep the contract from being fulfilled. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Charles Starrett and Smiley Burnette come through high...wide...and then some for the U.S. Army


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Release Date:

14 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fúria Ciclônica See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Features Prairie Raiders (1947) See more »


He'll Be Getting Some Sleep
Written by Smiley Burnette
Performed by Smiley Burnette with Merle Travis and His Bronco Busters
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The Durango Kid battles the budget and comes up smiling
7 January 2016 | by scottandjanSee all my reviews

During the last two years of Columbia's lengthy run of Durango Kid westerns, the production team was forced to make budget cuts. This resulted in fewer supporting players and, especially, shooting less new material and reusing older footage to bring each film up to the 54-minute mark. Sometimes this method was very obvious, with the new footage setting up flashbacks that were often confusing or distracting. CYCLONE FURY avoids the flashbacks and offers an hour of pleasing western action and music.

The big surprise is that only about half of the footage was photographed for this picture, and the other half is borrowed from older Durangos. The first reel is taken from PRAIRIE RAIDERS, the musical numbers are taken from GALLOPING THUNDER, the Smiley Burnette horseback chase is from CHALLENGE OF THE RANGE; and the smoke-signal and Indian-tribe scenes are from LARAMIE. The film editor added even more stock shots of wild-horse roundups. Script writer Barry Shipman, an old hand at interpolating old clips into new stories, ties it all together so cleverly that the seams are hidden fairly well, and the new footage keeps the story moving forward instead of flashing back. To give you an idea of how careful the new staging is, some of the old footage had the actors outdoors exhaling icy breath -- and the new footage with villain Clayton Moore matches it!

Columbia's number-one cowboy star, the durable Charles Starrett, is still an impressive figure after 16 years of westerns. He handles his dual role of stalwart cowboy and masked crusader with aplomb, and he throws the best punch in the movies. Smiley Burnette's comedy relief is a matter of taste, but in CYCLONE FURY he isn't quite as imbecilic as usual, and he actually sings one of his songs straight, in a persuasive tenor. Clayton Moore as Durango's main opposition is par for this series, and fans who know Moore only as the Lone Ranger might be surprised at how well he carries off a bad-guy role.

CYCLONE FURY is a masterpiece of film editing, out of necessity rather than creativity, and is a fine exhibit of the waning days of B-western production.

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