Prairie Raiders (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 54 min.  |  
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The Durango Kid is unfairly accused of double-crossing a friend in this above-average entry in Columbia Pictures long-running Western series. Durango, using his civilian name of Steve Bolton, has leased the Whispering Range to Bronc Masters (Robert Scott) so that Bronc can provide the Army with wild mustangs. But in the presence of his girlfriend Ann Bradford (Nancy Saunders) and ranch hand Smiley Burnette), Bronc suddenly turns on Steve and accuses him of having already leased the range to someone else. Investigating under his usual guise of the Durango Kid, Steve discovers that the land indeed seems to have been leased to land developer Spud Henley (Hugh Prosser). This second lease, however, is an obvious forgery, but it takes the combined efforts of both Durango and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior (Sam Flint) to catch the culprits, a gang of claim jumpers. In addition to Smiley Burnette, who performs his own "The Thieving Burro" and "Raisin' Rabbits," Prairie Raiders also featured Ozie Walters and his Colorado Rangers.