The Last of the Duanes (1941)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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With Paramount abandoning its "Zane Grey" western series in 1941, 20th Century-Fox took up the cudgel with such films as The Last of the Duanes. George Montgomery stars as Buck Duane, who in 1870 returns to his Texas hometown, only to find out that his father has been murdered. Following the most obvious suspect, Duane discovers that the culprit is a member of a highly organized outlaw gang. Realizing that he's outnumbered (no kidding!), Duane joins the Texas Rangers, hoping not only to break up the gang but also expose its mysterious leader. Eve Arden is surprisingly but effectively cast as a dance-hall girl who briefly befriends the hero. Last of the Duanes was previously filmed by Fox in 1931, with George O'Brien in the lead.

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bad-guy, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, death, entertainer, father, fugitive, gangster, good-guy, gunfighter, justice, killing, name-clearing, on-the-run, outlaw [Western], ranger [military], reputation, revenge, self-defense, vindication