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The Rough, Tough West (1952)

Approved | | Western | 15 June 1952 (USA)
When Steve Holden plus his alter ego, the Durango Kid, is reunited with his old Texas Ranger saddlemate Jack Mahoney, he finds his former friend has become greedy and power hungry.


Ray Nazarro


Barry Shipman




Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ... Steve Holden / The Durango Kid
Jock Mahoney ... Big Jack Mahoney (as Jack Mahoney)
Carolina Cotton ... Carolina
Pee Wee King Pee Wee King ... Pee Wee - Golden West Cowboys Band Leader
Pee Wee King and His Band Pee Wee King and His Band ... Musicians
Raider Raider ... Durango's Horse
Bullet Bullet ... Steve's Horse
Smiley Burnette ... Fire Chief Smiley Burnette


Steve Holden arrives looking for his old friend Big Jack only to find he runs the town and is greatly disliked. However the cause of the conflict is Big Jack's chief henchman Fulton. Steve becomes Sheriff and he and the Durango Kid then battle Fulton as he goes after the miner's gold. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Fulton: [to Big Jack] Well, you told me yourself never threaten anyone with an empty gun. When Durango and the miners are calling your bluff, you better start using' some live ammunition.
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You Gotta Get a Guy With a Gun
Written by Carolina Cotton
Performed by Carolina Cotton and Pee Wee King and His Band
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Interesting formula oater
8 February 2002 | by Dave BanksSee all my reviews

I always enjoy watching any film from the Durango Kid series. These simple, one hour, B&W formula westerns provide the good, old fashioned kind of movie entertainment that I enjoyed in the theaters, many years ago. I'm usually not a big fan of music in my westerns but this film featured some good musicians and singers such as Pee Wee King and his band plus Carolina Cotton. However, I never liked Smiley Burnett and, as usual, his songs do nothing except irritate me.

The plot is rather good as a former Texas Ranger decides that he is going to end up with total control of the only road that provides a path into and out of the town. Naturally, he will make it a toll road. The methods that he plans to use are illegal and an old sidekick of his in the Rangers comes to town, becomes the Marshall and has to go up against his old friend. The resolution of the plot is somewhat different than most of these type of movies and is both interesting and satisfying.

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Release Date:

15 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Protetor dos Fracos 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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