The Sundown Kid (1943)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Starring the engaging Donald Barry (nicknamed, for obvious reasons, "Red"), this average Republic Western was filmed on-location at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA. Barry, a James Cagney look-alike, played a Pinkerton agent masquerading as a criminal in order to infiltrate a gang of counterfeiters that is using wealthy widow Lucy Randall (Helen MacKellar) as a front. Arriving at the Dawson ranch, the gang's hideout, Red discovers that the counterfeiting ring is headed by J. Richard Spencer (Ian Keith), the innocent Mrs. Randall's attorney, and Dawson himself (Ted Adams). With assistance from girl reporter Lynn Parsons (Linda Johnson), Red bests the counterfeiters, discovering along the way that he is Mrs. Randall's long-lost son. Voted a top ten Western star by the Motion Picture Herald in 1942, 1943, and 1944, Barry usually benefited from good supporting casts, this time including the veteran Ian Keith and former stage star Helen MacKellar. Leading lady Linda Johnson replaced an ailing Lynn Merrick, Barry's usual co-star.

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agent [representative], bad-guy, counterfeit, cowboy, gangster, good-guy, group, hermit, lady, lost, prison, property, reporter, son, undercover