Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Dakota Kid was the first of four Republic westerns built around the talents of preteen performers Michael Chapin and Eilene Jansen. In each of these films, Chapin played Red, the grandson of sheriff Tom White (James Bell), while Jansen co-starred as Judy, the boy's best friend and severest critic. Inevitably, the two kids would become involved in Big Trouble involving outlaws and such. In this film, Red and Judy reform the titular Dakota Kid (Dann Morton), who joins forces with them to rout the real villain, crooked saloonkeeper Ace Crandall (Robert Shayne). Featured in the cast as a schoolteacher is Margaret Field, the mother of Oscar-winning actress Sally Field.
bad-guy, bar [pub], child, control, courage, cowboy, evil, gangster, good-guy, gunfighter, identity, justice, nephew, outlaw [Western], owner, rescue, sheriff