West of Dodge City (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |  
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Charles Starrett once again dons the disguise of the "Durango Kid" to restore law and order in this entry in Columbia's 1945-1952 Western series. This time, the Kid, aka Steve Ramsey, witnesses a stage robbery, during which local rancher John Avery (Nolan Leary) is brutally murdered. Behind both the holdup and the killing is unscrupulous Silver Bend businessman Henry Hardison (Fred S. Sears), whose attempts at purchasing Avery's potentially valuable land have hit a snag. Hired by Avery as his surveyor and now working for the dead man's children, Anne (Nancy Saunders) and Danny (Glenn Stuart), Steve Ramsey not only discovers the true killer but also saves young Danny from being framed in a loan office robbery. Smiley Burnette, as Silver Bend's dimwitted newspaper publisher/reporter/news vendor, adds a bit of folksy humor to the proceedings and performs his own "Can't Cry for Laughing" and "Cricket Song." Leading lady Nancy Saunders would appear in no less than six "Durango Kid" Westerns from 1947 to 1948.