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Down Laredo Way (1953)

Approved | | Western | 5 August 1953 (USA)
Rodeo star Rex Allen investigates the death of a colleague and in the process uncovers a ring of diamond smugglers.

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Gerald Geraghty (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Rex Allen ... Rex Allen
Koko ... Koko (as Koko the Miracle Horse of the Movies)
Slim Pickens ... Slim Pickens
Dona Drake ... Narita
Marjorie Lord ... Valerie
Roy Barcroft ... Cooper
Judy Nugent ... Taffy Wells
Percy Helton ... Judge Sully
Clayton Moore ... Chip Wells
Zon Murray ... Joe, the Fake Deputy
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Rex Allen, star of the Western Rodeo Circus, and his clown pal Slim Pickens, get involved in the matrimonial plans of high-wire specialist Chip Wells and his treacherous parter Valerie, through feeling sorry for Chip's motherless 8-year-old daughter Taffy. Chip thinks Taffy is jealous of Valerie, but Taffy tells Rex that she just thinks Valerie isn't the right woman for her father. After protecting Valerie from Cooper, Chip discovers that Valerie has diamonds worth a half-million dollars in her possession. Chip hides the diamonds in Taffy's doll, until he can get an explanation from Valerie. Knowing that Chip won't tolerate her diamond-smuggling activities, Valerie distracts him at a critical point in their high-wire performance and he falls to his death. To get possession of Chip's personal belongings, knowing the diamonds are hidden there, she calls on the shady "Judge" Sully for help. He writes a phony order making Taffy a ward of his court and orders Chip's belongings to be held ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FOR THE WESTERN THRILL OF YOUR LIFE! Ride With Rex and Koko On Their Greatest Action Adventure! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Salto da Morte See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Delightful Little Gem!
27 June 2004 | by bowiebksSee all my reviews

Who would have thought that this little "barely-B" western with singing cowboy Rex Allen would be so well-written, directed and acted? Many enjoyable and familiar actors here, including Clayton Moore, Donna Drake, Marjorie Lord, etc. The climactic fight between Lord and Drake includes some pretty vivid slugging as well as the more expected hair-pulling. One of my favorite character players, Percy Helton, gives a terrific and hilarious performance as a fake "judge" hoping to get his hands on some smuggled diamonds. And speaking of fights, you haven't lived until you have seen the fist-fight between Helton and Slim Pickens! This little movie is a darn good way to spend a spare hour.


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