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Blazing the Western Trail (1945)

Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett) and his friends Tex Harding (Tex Harding) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) become involved in the affairs of two rival stagecoach lines, one of them headed by Mary... See full summary »


Vernon Keays


J. Benton Cheney (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Charles Starrett ... Jeff Waring / The Durango Kid
Tex Harding Tex Harding ... Tex Harding
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball
Carole Mathews ... Mary Halliday
Bob Wills ... Bob
The Texas Playboys The Texas Playboys ... Stageline Employees / Band Members


Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett) and his friends Tex Harding (Tex Harding) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) become involved in the affairs of two rival stagecoach lines, one of them headed by Mary Halliday (Carole Mathews) whose father (Nolan Leary) has been murdered by the gang of the rival line, Forrest Brent(Al Bridge. She is unaware of this, and hinders rather than helps the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) and his friends in their attempts to expose Brent and his gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

18 September 1945 (USA) See more »

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Desbravadores do Oeste See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[a gang of thugs holds up Mary's stagecoach]
Cannonball: Your wastin' your time, Mister. We don't carry nothin' but mail on this stage.
Henchman Santry: We ain't particular about what we steal. Get busy, boys!
Mary Halliday: Someday, they're gonna hang you sidewinders from the rafters!
Henchman Santry: Maybe so, if they catch us.
Cannonball: Look, Miss Mary, they turned the horses loose. Say, y'all can't do this to us! How are we goin' to get back to Quantro Basin?
Henchman Santry: Try walkin'. It's good for what ails you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening title cards: In the days when the West was young, Congress passed the Overland Mail bill, which authorized the extension of the mail service from the Mississippi Basin to the Pacific Coast... and so began a deadly struggle for control of the postal franchises.

1870 Brent Lines get Topeka mail contract. Brent seeks control of Quanto Basin Line. Western Stage Company bought by Brent. See more »


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Goodbye, Liza Jane
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
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Another stagecoach race
17 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The right of way and mail contract for competing stagecoach lines is the reason for the conflict in Blazing The Western Trail. Steve Clark and Al Bridge run competing lines and just by the casting you know Al Bridge will be the villain.

Bridge did a lot more than westerns. He was a favorite member of Preston Sturges's stock company, probably best remembered as the prison warden in Sullivan's Travels. When Clark is killed his daughter Carole Matthews takes over. But she gets some aid from none other than Charles Starrett going incognito as the Durango Kid with Tex Harding and Dub Taylor as sidekicks.

The Durango Kid series was most popular for Columbia Pictures right up to the mid 50s. An exciting stagecoach race where Durango foils some homicidal bad guys is the climax. Those have been popular since Ben-Hur.

Fans of the Durango Kid series should like this.

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