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The Rough, Tough West (1952)

Approved | | Musical, 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Steve Holden / The Durango Kid
... Big Jack Mahoney (as Jack Mahoney)
... Carolina
Pee Wee King ... Pee Wee - Golden West Cowboys Band Leader
Pee Wee King and His Band ... Musicians
Raider ... Durango's Horse
Bullet ... Steve's Horse
... Fire Chief Smiley Burnette
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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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15 June 1952 (USA)  »

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O Protetor dos Fracos  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Buzzy Barrett: That was sure swell, Jack.
Big Jack Mahoney: Just remember what I told you - think big, act big, and you'll be big. Ain't that right, Smileyz/
Fire Chief Smiley Burnette: Yeah, I get that way just eaten' too much!
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Ragtime Annie Lee
Written by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart
Performed by Carolina Cotton and Pee Wee King and His Band
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Interesting formula oater
8 February 2002 | by See 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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