Riders of the Lone Star (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |  
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In what was advertised as the last of Columbia's "Durango Kid" Westerns, Charles Starrett once again donned his patented black mask in pursuit of evildoers, accompanied this time by Curly Williams and his Georgia Peach Pickers who along with series regular Smiley Burnette performed such numbers as "The Prairie Dog Lament" and "Oh, Monah." Assigned to investigate a series of gold mine robberies, ranger Steve Mason and his magician pal Smiley are helped by pretty mine owner Doris McCormick (Virginia Hunter) and 12-year-old Mike Morton (Mark Dennis). The latter, who has been raised by town drunk Faro (George Chesebro), refuses to believe that his long-lost father is a notorious outlaw. In order to locate the elusive Morton, presumed to be the boy's father and a main suspect in the mine holdups, Steve disguises himself as the Durango Kid. Even less surprising than this rather commonplace plot was the fact that Columbia changed its decision to abandon the lucrative series, which instead continued through 1952.