Return of the Durango Kid (1945)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Charles Starrett, who originated the character of the Durango Kid in the 1940 Heroes of the Range, embarked on a lengthy seven-year Western series with this aptly titled horse opera. Starrett plays Bill Blayden, a newcomer to Silver City, TX, searching for the villain who framed his father years before. En route, Blayden is the victim of a stagecoach holdup along with Paradise Flo (Jean Stevens), who may or may not know more about the holdup than she lets on. In Silver City, Bill sides with Buckskin Liz Armstrong (Betty Roadman) and her drivers (Britt Wood) and Tex Harding) against the town's crooked boss, saloon owner Leland Kirby (John Calvert). The latter is in cahoots with Tom Wagner (Hal Price), who is attempting to take over Buckskin's stage route by illegal means. Donning the disguise of the Durango Kid, Blayden gets the goods on both Kirby and Wagner and, along the way, learns the identity of the man who framed his father. Young sidekick Tex Harding performs "Old Pinto (and His Cowboy Pal)," while a jolly group known as The Jesters takes care of such humorous ditties as "When They Fiddle Out the Polka" and "He Holds the Lantern (While His Mother Cuts the Wood)". Starrett would play the character of the Durango Kid for the remainder of his career -- a total of 63 films. Strangely, he was awarded a new alias in each film.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, mask [disguise], passenger, revenge, stagecoach, tracking [following]