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The Durango Kid

1940-1952
Episodes: 62
User ratings: 2,145
Average rating: 6.6

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Western

Bill Lowry returns just as his father is killed. He suspects Ballard and in the guise of the Durango Kid, starts robbing him. He gives the money to the burned out homesteaders but Ballard catches Nancy with the money. Ballard suspects Lowry is the Kid and tells him he has retrieved the money. Thinking the Kid will try to get the money back, he sets a trap for him.

Please note that if multiple episodes was released in the same year then their order could be inaccurate.

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1.
The Durango Kid
1940
Bill Lowry returns just as his father is killed. He suspects Ballard and in the guise of the Durango Kid, starts robbing him. He gives the money to the burned out homesteaders but Ballard catches Nancy with the money. Ballard suspects Lowry is the Kid and tells him he has retrieved the money. Thinking the Kid will try to get the money back, he sets a trap for him.
User ratings: 99
Average rating: 6.9
2.
Both Barrels Blazing
1945
The outlaw gangs are robbing the railroads and the Rangers cannot follow them when they move to New Mexico. So Kip decides to take a vacation to New Mexico and, as the Durango Kid, bring Cass and his gang back to justice. But Cass and his gang are killed at the bank in a double cross and Kip must still find the loot. For this, he enlists the help of Tex and Grubstake, although Grubstake does not know it.
User ratings: 73
Average rating: 6.1
3.
The Return of the Durango Kid
1945
Bill Blayden is on the trail to find the needed evidence to clear his father's name of a robbery frame-up. He is posing as a tenderfoot and he goes to work, by day, on a stage-line ran by 'Buckskin' Liz Blodgett, which is facing bankruptcy due to continuing holdups. At night he continues his investigation in the guise of a masked rider known as The Durango Kid.
User ratings: 103
Average rating: 6.5
4.
Outlaws of the Rockies
1945
Tex Harding is mistakenly arrested for bank robbery. When Sheriff Steve Williams returns he finds his friend Tex in jail. When Tex escapes Steve is accused of being in cahoots with Tex and he must also flee. Later Tex learns Steve is the Durango Kid and the two wanted men now work together to bring in the real outlaws.
User ratings: 16
Average rating: 6.4
5.
Rustlers of the Badlands
1945
User ratings: 7
Average rating: 7.4
6.
Lawless Empire
1945
In the lawless town of Dusty Gulch, the Durango Kid comes to the aid of Reverend Harding in his fight against Blaze Howard and his henchman. When Durango foils all bad guy's plans, Blaze's boss Doc Weston realizes Cannonball it tipping off Durango. Weston then lets Cannonball overhear false information that will send Durango into a fatal trap.
User ratings: 66
Average rating: 6.4
7.
Texas Panhandle
1945
Steve Holden, a secret service agent, is suspended when his boss becomes suspicious of his activities as The Durango Kid. Can Steve prove his innocence?
User ratings: 22
Average rating: 6.3
8.
Blazing the Western Trail
1945
Stage line owner Brent has his men robbing Halliday stages and when his manager Waring learns of it, Brent has him killed. Jeff Waring arrives and takes his uncle's job. He soon learns what's happening and the Durango Kid goes into action. This keeps Halliday going and gives them a chance to get the mail contract by winning the stagecoach race.
User ratings: 121
Average rating: 6.5
9.
The Desert Horseman
1946
Steve Gordon is falsely accused of robbing an army payroll and has been found guilty in a court-martial. Knowing his only chance to clear his name is to find the real robbers, he escapes from the guardhouse, with the help of his orderly, Smiley Burnette. He finds that the man he thinks can clear his name has been murdered, and the daughter, Mary Ann Jarvis, now runs his ranch, which is being sought by a gang for unknown reasons. He uses his alter-ego, a masked rider known as The Durango Kid, to find the culprits who stole the payroll and also are after the Jarvis ranch.
User ratings: 33
Average rating: 6.0
10.
The Fighting Frontiersman
1946
Cimarron has found a lost treasure and the outlaw gang knows about it. They have made him a prisoner and are trying to get the location from him. However, he has sent for his friend Steve Reynolds and the Durango Kid will soon be on the job.
User ratings: 50
Average rating: 6.5
11.
Frontier Gunlaw
1946
Jim Stewart (Charles Starrett) comes to Mesa City and buys a ranch from publisher Matt Edwards (Weldon Heyburn), who is confined to a wheelchair. The area is terrorized by an outlaw gang known as "The Phantoms." When Jim's cattle herd is rustled and his ranch foreman, Pop Evans (John Elliott), killed, he takes an active hand against the gang in his guise as the Durango Kid. He first suspects rancher Tex Harding (Tex Harding) as being behind the gang, but changes his mind when he meets Harding's pretty sister, Kitty (Jean Stevens).
User ratings: 10
Average rating: 7.2
12.
Galloping Thunder
1946
The cattle herds of some Arizona ranchers are being stampeded and stolen, so the Arizona Stockmen's Syndicate sends ace investigator Steve Reynolds in to find out who is responsible. Steve poses as a vicious gunslinger named Buck McCloud to work his way into the gang, and then becomes the Durango Kid to disrupt the activities he learns about. Jud Temple is the loyal fiancée of town banker Grat Hanlon who turns out to be the brain-trust behind the gang.
User ratings: 17
Average rating: 6.9
13.
Gunning for Vengeance
1946
Steve Landry arrives as the new Marshal of a town that is having trouble with outlaws. When an outlaw escapes over the State line out of his jurisdiction, the Durango Kid brings him in. The Durango Kid then continues to break up the outlaw raids. But Belle, the saloon owner who is in cahoots with the outlaws, notices the the boot prints of the Durango Kid match those of the new Marshal and a trap is sent to get Durango.
User ratings: 18
Average rating: 6.5
14.
Heading West
1946
Dakota Indian Agent Steve Reynolds receives a copy of the Bonanza City Nuggett from Jim Mallory and reads a story blaming the Durango Kid for recent gold mine raids. Steve, also the Durango Kid, and his pal Smiley head for Bonanza City to contact Mallory and Rance Hudson, his partner in the mining machinery business. Mallory sells his interest in the business to Hudson for $50,000 and heads for California. Seeing him off are Hudson's secretary Anne Parker, her father Sam Parker, owner of the Gold Moon Mine and his miners Hank Penny and the Plantation Boys (Harold Hensley, Noel Boggs, Sanford Williams and Fenton Reynolds). Hudson plans to rob the wagon train and blame the Durango Kid, and sends Curlew and his henchmen to do the job. Killing Mallory in the raid, Curlew caches the money rather than taking it to Hudson. Despite that, Hudson learns that Carter plans a gold shipment and orders Curlew to rob the stage. Steve and Smiley hit town and Steves decides that Curlew and his brother Red could bear watching. The Durango Kid breaks up the first robbery attempt, but a second one is successful, although Durango learns from a wounded henchman that the Curlew gang has a hideout in Lost Canyon.
User ratings: 11
Average rating: 7.0
15.
Landrush
1946
In "Landrush", Steve Harmon arrives in Border Plain to survey the land, known as the Spur, which is to soon be opened to homesteaders. The area is a natural haven for a desperado gang led by Claw Hawkins, already under suspicion of murdering a Pony Express rider. Hawkins' gang wrecks the newspaper office of Jake Parker, but Hawkins loses a marked $100 bill he had stolen from the Express rider. Jake finds it and sends for Steve and Sheriff Tim Collins. Knowing that Hawkins still poses a danger to Jake, Steve switches to the Durango Kid and kidnaps him, hiding him in the carpentry shop ran by his pal Smiley. There, Jake runs off handbills and notices that the Spur is opened for settlement and land will be acquired through a first-one-there landrush. The Hawkins gang, secretly led by rancher Caleb Garvey, tries to circumvent the landrush by taking a short cut and starting a prairie fire in the path of the landrushers. Steve aids the prospective land owners by having them dig fire ditches and then, as the Durango Kid, swooping down on the gang members who are setting up property claims in the Spur.
User ratings: 8
Average rating: 6.8
16.
Roaring Rangers
1946
When Sheriff Jeff Connor of Powder River cannot stop the crime wave, his young son, Larry, writes to the Durango Kid for aid. Taggart, the saloon owner, is the secret head of the outlaws, while Connor's brother Bill is in cahoots with him. Steve Randall, the Durango Kid, and his pal, Smiley Butterbean, arrive in time to stop a stagecoach holdup, and Steve is made a deputy sheriff. Taggart has one of his men, Slade, pose as the Durango Kid and while he is speaking to the townspeople, the rest of the outlaw gang pillages the town, and this somewhat damages the Durango Kid in the eyes of Larry and his sister Doris. Steve suggests that Sheriff Connor visit the government about a railroad project, and Taggart instructs Slade and the gang leader to kill Connor on his trip back.
User ratings: 16
Average rating: 7.1
17.
Two-Fisted Stranger
1946
Arriving to become the new Deputy, Steve Gordon takes over as Sheriff instead when he finds the Sheriff has been killed. He doesn't last long and is fired for incompetence. But he realizes Brady is pulling off a swindle. Having found the proper soil, Brady has salted it with cheap diamonds, gotten Smiley to accidently find them, and is now taking money from eager investors and planning to flee with it.
User ratings: 15
Average rating: 6.1
18.
Terror Trail
1946
Red Butte saloon owner Duke Catlett (Lane Chandler) is the secret owner of a large sheep flock which he grazes on surrounding cattlelands. A range war looks between the cattlemen, led by Bart Mason (Zon Murray), and the sheepherders. Karen Kemp (Barbara Pepper) and her younger brother Rocky (Elvin Eric Field), a young city tough, enroute from Chicago to buy a half interest in a Catlett enterprise are held up by two of the latter's gunmen and lose $30,000. But the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) gives chase and retrieves the money. At the relay station, Karen meets the Durango Kid again, and his pal Smiley (Smiley Burnette), but does not recognize the former in his guise of Steve Haverly. Durango learns of cattlemen scattering poisoned wheat, but does not know who the instigators are. Smiley's trading post is wrecked and Karen offers Smiley and his boys (Ozie Waters and His Colorado Rangers)a job playing for a show that night. Catlett catches Karen eavesdropping while he and his men are plotting to steal Steve's cattle herd. Catlett realizes he must change his plans and instead of attacking Steve's herd on the south range, he intends to attack the north range, and has Steve informed of the south range attack.
User ratings: 35
Average rating: 6.4
19.
Last Days of Boot Hill
1947
Treasury Department Steve Waring, and also, unknown to others, the Durango Kid, comes to Sunset Pass in search of $1000,000 in gold coins, stolen from the government by the late Forrest Brent. He is aided by Smiley Burnette, the local deputy sheriff. Later, Paula Thorpe, Brent's daughter from his first marriage, arrives with her lawyer sweetheart Frank Raeburn, with intentions of proving her father's estate belongs to her and not to Mrs. Brent, his wife of record when he died. The widow Brent has no intentions of giving up one single cent.
User ratings: 13
Average rating: 7.5
20.
Law of the Canyon
1947
Freight wagons are being stolen and ransomed back to their owners. Government agent Steve Langtry (and his alter ego the Durango Kid) is sent break up the Hood Gang that's behind the robberies.
User ratings: 34
Average rating: 6.5
21.
The Lone Hand Texan
1947
Steve Driscoll, alias the Durano Kid, rides to the aid of Sam Jason, an elderly rancher who is drilling for oil on his ranch, when masked raiders wreck the well. Jason gets financial aid from townsmen, continues with his drilling, and the raids also continue. Steve suspects Mrs. Reginald Adams. a rich widow of being behind the raids. When the town money for Jason is stolen, Steve, as Durango, follows the robber to the Adams ranch.
User ratings: 13
Average rating: 6.0
22.
Riders of the Lone Star
1947
An outlaw gang is trying to stop the reopening of a mine as they look for the money left there by the famous outlaw Dusty Morton. After a ten year absence, Morton has apparently reappeared and Steve arrives looking for him. He finds his son who also wonders if his father is still alive. With the gang soon after him, the Durango Kid goes into action and Steve tries to learn who the real Dusty Morgan is.
User ratings: 9
Average rating: 6.4
23.
South of the Chisholm Trail
1947
When the ranchers of Bearcat are plagued by rustlers, Big Jim Grady offers to buy their herds from them at low-ball prices. Steve Haley suggests to the ranchers that they band together and drive their herds to Abilene, Kansas and get full price. Steve's friend Smiley "joins" the rustlers to learn who their leader is. Grady henchman Doc Walker asks Steve to help break up the cattle drive, and he agrees in order to keep tabs on the rustlers. The gang makes several attempts to take the trail herd but Steve, in his guise as the Durango Kid, intervenes and saves the cattle.
User ratings: 10
Average rating: 6.9
24.
West of Dodge City
1947
Most of the cast and half of the footage of this one turns up (uncredited) in 1951's "Bonanza Town" marking the only instance of a villain in one Durango Kid film returning in another. It wasn't that Henry Hardison (Fred Sears) was that much of a worthy character as it was Columbia could penny-pinch a second film at half the cost. Story is set in the post-Civil War period with crooks flocking to prey on the small towns of the southwest, with Hardison and his henchmen the worst of the lot. His plan is to fleece the ranchers of River Bend out of their property with the promise to build a dam to provide water for their land. All of the settlers are in line except John Avery (Nolan Willis) and his daughter Anne (Nancy Saunders.) Avery sends for Steve Ramsey (Charles Starrett), an engineer and surveyor who, unknown to Avery, is also the Durango Kid. Steve quickly sees that the land is not suitable for a dam project, and that Hardison has some other reason in mind. Steve enlists the aid(?) of the town newspaper editor Smiley (Smiley Burnette), and open war soon breaks out.
User ratings: 15
Average rating: 6.7
25.
Buckaroo from Powder River
1947
Steve arrives looking for the person printing counterfeit bonds. He finds his man in Pop Ryland who has two sons and a stepson. The stepson doesn't want to be an outlaw like the other sons and helps Steve out by posing as the Durango Kid when needed and then leading him to the evidence he is looking for.
User ratings: 15
Average rating: 6.7
26.
The Stranger from Ponca City
1947
A saddle-weary Steve Larkin (Charles Starrett), also the Duranko Kid, rides into Red Mound, a town filled with cattle rustlers. Cafe owner Smiley (Smiley Burnette), befriends Steve and fills him in on the activities. Steve angers the rustler's leader, Flip Dugan (Jim Diehl) when he purchases the old Atkins ranch which is supposedly haunted. Flip and his henchmen try to prevent the recording of the deed, but the Durango Kid and Deputy Marshal Tug Carter win the gun battle.
User ratings: 14
Average rating: 6.9
27.
Blazing Across the Pecos
1948
A gambling czar's efforts to take over the town are foiled by the Durango Kid.
User ratings: 68
Average rating: 6.5
28.
Phantom Valley
1948
The Durango Kid--with "unable" assistance from Smiley "Sherlock Holmes" Burnett--investigates a pair of murders that threaten to fuel a range war.
User ratings: 58
Average rating: 6.2
29.
Six-Gun Law
1948
Decker uses a trick gun loaded with blanks to make Steve Norris think he killed the Sheriff. Then he makes him Sheriff and forces him to take orders. Things look bad for Steve so it's time for the Durango Kid to appear.
User ratings: 15
Average rating: 7.0
30.
Trail to Laredo
1948
When Dan Parks finds gold being smuggled on his freight line, his partner Morgan frames him as the smuggler. Fenton is the brains behind the smuggling operation and afraid his man Morgan will talk, breaks Parks out of jail and kills Morgan making it look like Parks did it. Steve Ellison who arrives investigating the smuggling operation knows his friend Parks is innocent and the Durango Kid soon goes into action.
User ratings: 22
Average rating: 5.9
31.
West of Sonora
1948
Steve becomes a Deputy to help find the outlaw Black Murphy whose one hand is a hook. Although the Sheriff and Murphy are grandfathers to the same little girl, they are bitter enemies. Meeting Murphy, Steve is not convinced he is the man they want. He is right as the Sheriff's brother has a hook he uses to place the blame on Murphy. When the little girl becomes owner of a valuable mine, the brother now plans to get rid of the Sheriff, Murphy, and the girl.
User ratings: 15
Average rating: 6.2
32.
Whirlwind Raiders
1948
The Durango Kid battles a gang of outlaws that trick people by calling themselves the "Texas State Police."
User ratings: 38
Average rating: 6.7
33.
Quick on the Trigger
1948
Steve Warren is the local sheriff and is searching for the outlaw gang that is holding up the stages on the line owned by Nora Reed. He captures one of the gang-members, Frank Reed, Nora's brother and tosses him in jail. Frank's jail-stay is a short one as he is soon murdered. The town's crooked lawyer Garvey Yager and a surveyor named Alfred Murdock conspire to accuse Steve of the killing, and have him arrested and dismissed as the sheriff. Steve escapes and goes after Murdock whom Smiley Burnette had seen near the jail at the time of the murder. Yager and Murdock, actually the leaders behind the outlaw gang, are out to get Steve, whose father had once jailed them elsewhere. Martin Oaks, the newly-appointed sheriff dupes Smiley into capturing Steve. Steve escapes jail again and, in the guise of the Durango Kid, renews the pursuit and capture of Yager and Murdock.
User ratings: 10
Average rating: 6.6
34.
Bandits of El Dorado
1949
The tell-tale signs that one of the films in Columbia's "Durango Kid" series is going to be comprised of about thirty minutes of stock footage from one of the earlier films are; 1) there is no actress credited, 2) it opens with a droning narrative and 3) the opening scene cuts right to the stock footage. All three apply here, but once past the opening scene that has Edmund Cobb, Ray Bennett, John Merton and Kermit Maynard robbing a bank in footage from "Galloping Thunder" (and Maynard reappears a few scenes later as a stage guard in the new footage), this "Durango" entry quickly becomes a film that looks unlike any other in the series reference design, style, plot, acting, camera placements and movement and other little attributes that sets a film aside, and all this done by, for the most part, the exact same people on the crew side that made all of the other films in the series. Go figure. The plot is nothing new in that the Texas Rangers and Mexican Rurales can find no trace of six to seven wanted outlaws on either side of the border. Texas Ranger Captain Henley and Ranger Steve Carson stage a fake killing of the Captain by Carson in order to make him a wanted fugitive, and find the answer to the mystery as such. Carson comes to Copper City with the information that the owner of the town mercantile, B.F. Morgan, can provide a refuge for those on the dodge from the law. He can since he is really in the employ of the leading citizen, Charles Bruton of both Copper Town, Texas and El Dorado, Mexico who, for a fee, guarantees the outlaws he hides that they won't "ever" be found. And stands behind his guarantee. But the outlaws don't trust Carson too much, and he is caught between the outlaws and the Rangers, led by Tim Starling. Mahoney also keeps busy as Starrett's double for both the Carson and Durango roles, and literally chases himself down alleys, up staircases and across roof tops. A nice touch for trivia lovers occurs when Mahoney (doubling the Carson character) jumps from a rooftop onto a passing horseman and the two men who doubled for Starrett in over 90% of his westerns from 1935 onward, find themselves on the back of the same horse.
User ratings: 45
Average rating: 6.3
35.
The Blazing Trail
1949
Old Mike Brady built Brady Town and was a leader, but a bullet from an unknown assailant has ended his life. When the will is read, it leaves the bulk of the property to Kirk, the gambling son of Mike. This upsets Sam, the hard working son, but not gambler Full House who always beats Kirk at cards. But even the Sheriff is suspicious of the will, but he needs proof and the Durango Kid will find the proof.
User ratings: 40
Average rating: 7.0
36.
Challenge of the Range
1949
Mysterious outlaws are raiding the farm of Jim Barton and his daughter Judy, when Rancher's Protective Association man Steve Roper shows up to take a hand. Barton and other small ranchers under attack suspect Cal Matson and his son Reb as being behind the raids to run them off their land. Steve, in his guise of The Durango Kid, with the aid of his pal Smiley, learns that there is a third party behind the land-grabbing scheme.
User ratings: 18
Average rating: 7.1
37.
Desert Vigilante
1949
Silver is being smuggled across the border and the secret passage goes through Betty Long's basement. When Steve arrives he gets tangled up with the rustlers who are now going to have the Durango Kid to contend with.
User ratings: 40
Average rating: 7.0
38.
Horsemen of the Sierras
1949
U.S. Marshal Steve Saunders, searching for the killer of a government surveyor, interrupts a gun battle between the feuding Grant and Webster families, who fell out when Chris Grant was killed and the Grants blame the Websters. Ellory Webster, blamed for the killing of Chris, ostensibly perishes when he is trapped in a barn fired by the Grants. Phineas Grant suspects that Ellory is still alive and hiding at the Rocking Moon ranch. Steve, in his guise as the Durango Kid, does some snooping and when the Grants and Websters start another battle, he and his sheriff friend Smiley Burnette take a hand. Steve arrests Duke Webster and Phineas who have conspired to wipe out both of their own families for the oil they have discovered.
User ratings: 9
Average rating: 7.4
39.
Laramie
1949
A major Indian uprising is expected and Wyoming military posts are alerted. Colonel Dennison (Fred Sears) is meeting with Chief Eagle (Shooting Star) and his son Running Wolf (Jay Silverheels) when Chief Eagle is mysteriously shot. Steve Holden (Charles Starrett), an agent for the government peace commission, with the aid of a wandering shoemaker, Smiley (Smiley Burnette), discover the troubles and the Chief's murder have been instigated by Cronin (Bob Wilke), the regimental scout, for personal gain for he and his gang of outlaws.
User ratings: 70
Average rating: 6.5
40.
Renegades of the Sage
1949
Following the Civil War, the U.S. government sets out to find a gang opposing the construction of telegraph lines in the west. They suspect Braden, who had formed a guerrilla band and destroyed the telegraph service during the war. Government agent Steve Duncan, who also works undercover as The Durango Kid, starts to run down the gang with only a picture of Braden for a clue. Steve is ambushed by an outlaw and left for dead but is rescued by Smiley, who takes him to a trading post ran by a man named Miller. Steve recognizes Miller as Braden, who tells him he is being falsely accused of crimes actually committed by Sloper.
User ratings: 7
Average rating: 7.4
41.
Across the Badlands
1950
The Durango Kid exposes a gang making attacks on a band of surveyors laying a new railway line.
User ratings: 30
Average rating: 7.3
42.
Frontier Outpost
1950
Steve Lawton, aka The Durango Kid, U.S. Army undercover man, and his assistant Smiley, are sent to Santa Fe by Army investigator Copeland to deliver a gold shipment and check on the strange disappearance of Captain Tanner from Fort Navajo. Copeland is murdered by Forsythe, a fake government agent,who orders Krag Benson and his other henchmen to ambush Steve and Smiley and steal the gold shipment. Steve and Smiley escape the trap and reach Santa Fe, where they learn that Tanner's wife Alice is being held hostage by Forsythe and his gang.
User ratings: 12
Average rating: 6.3
43.
Lightning Guns
1950
Luke Atkins and Captain Dan Saunders are ranchers in Piute Valley and are at odds with each other over a dam that Atkins is constructing to help the valley people. Their feud does nothing to help the romance of Saunders' son, Sheriff Ron Saunders and Atkins' daughter, Susan . The opposition to the dam that Saunders has led, makes him the prime suspect when the banker who is going to lend Atkins the money for the project is murdered, and Sheriff Saunders is forced to arrest his father. But Steve Brandon, mostly in his guise as the Durango Kid, does a bit of snooping and begins to suspect that the local storekeeper has an interest in more than just selling groceries.
User ratings: 37
Average rating: 6.3
44.
Outcasts of Black Mesa
1950
Steve 'The Durango Kid' Norman is accused of a crime he didn't commit. With the help of his old friend Smiley Burnette Steve breaks jail to find the real culprits. The sneaky Ruth Dorn is Steve's main suspect.
User ratings: 7
Average rating: 5.9
45.
Raiders of Tomahawk Creek
1950
When a rancher, part of whose property is in Indian territory, is murdered and robbed of a silver ring of Indian origin, the new Indian Agent, Steve Blake (Charles Starrett) investigates. He finds that similar murders and robberies have taken place, one victim being the rancher father of Janet Clayton (Kay Buckley). Ex-Indian Agent Randolph (Edgar Dearing), responsible for the killings, frames Steve for one of the killings and he is jailed. His pal, Smiley (Smiley Burnette), a correspondence school detective, trails Dike but is captured. Steve breaks jail and, in his guise as the Durango Kid, begins to bring the villains to justice.
User ratings: 14
Average rating: 6.3
46.
Streets of Ghost Town
1950
Another one of the films from the Durango Kid series where there's only about 20 minutes of new footage shot; the scenes in the ghost town involving the credited players---Charles Starrett, Smiley Burnette, George Chesebro, Mary Ellen Kay, Don Reynolds, Stanley Andrews. Frank Fenton and the uncredited Jack Ingram---and the remaining footage is taken from two 1946 films in the series, "Gunning For Vengeance" and "Landrush", with the latter dominating most of the running time, but with the majority of the stock-footage scenes covered by a voice-over narration by Charles Starrett telling Sheriff Stanley Andrews the background story that has now led them to the streets of ghost town. The plot here concerns the search for unrecovered loot hidden in the ghost town by double-crossing outlaws. Most of the footage is told in flashback by Starrett, who leaves out the actual ending of "Landrush" to make the scenes from it merge into this film. Plus, when he's talking and the people in the stock footage scenes aren't, then the story can be whatever he says it is and not what may have actually transpired in the original films. This leads to a few oddities such as; Starrett's non-Durango character in this one is Steve Woods, but the handbills he hands out in stock footage from "Landrush" carry the name of his character in that film, Steve Harmon; George Chesebro has the credited role of Bill Donner, but he also plays henchman in the footage from the other two films, neither of which is named Donner; and Bob Kortman plays henchman from two other films, one with a moustache and one without, and the scene continuity has it appearing and disappearing from one scene to the next, and Jock Mahoney flits in and out doubling Starrett in scenes from three different movies, counting this one. The best scene is in the actual original footage when George Chesebro, as the blinded Bill Donner and playing it in his usual over-the-top at full volume style a la Al Picino(or vice-versa since Chesebro came first),is cornered by outlaw Frank Fenton, and tells Fenton that he can't see him but he can hear him, implying some kind of threat to Fenton's welfare. Fenton, who can both see and hear, promptly shoots him dead. And, speaking of that, players Bud Geary and John Tyrrell were both dead when this film was released, but stock footage has extended more than one career.
User ratings: 85
Average rating: 6.3
47.
Texas Dynamo
1950
Stanton, backed by the citizen's peace patrol making him the only armed man in town but actually the head of a gang of crooks, has Julia Beck elected mayor as an honest front for his activities. Her father, Walt Beck, sends for Steve Drake/The Durango Kid to help fight Stanton, but Stanton has Beck killed and Durango is blamed. The Texas Dynamo, a gunman sent for by Stanton, dies on the trail and Steve rides into town posing as the Texas outlaw. He convinces Julia of Stanton's double-crossing use of the peace patrol, but not before Stanton also frames her brother, Bill Beck, for a robbery.
User ratings: 10
Average rating: 5.7
48.
Trail of the Rustlers
1950
Trying to acquire all the land in the Rio Perdido valley, Chick Mahoney (Don Harvey), Jed Mahoney (Myron Healey) and their gang, working under the orders of the mother of the Mahoney boys, Mrs. J.G. Mahoney (Myra McKinney), raids the Hyland ranch and kills the owner. Steve Armitage (Charles Starrett) arrives and lends his assistance to Mary Ellen Hyland (Gail Davis), the rancher's daughter, and her young brother Tod (Tommy Ivo). Steve learns that his old pal, Smiley (Smiley Burnette), is working for the Mahoney gang without realizing they are outlaws and killers, and also finds out the Mahoneys are anxious to grab the valley land because of an underground river running beneath it.
User ratings: 69
Average rating: 6.3
49.
Bonanza Town
1951
A man's pursuit of some wanted criminals is hindered by the interference of a crooked judge.
User ratings: 70
Average rating: 6.6
50.
Cyclone Fury
1951
Johnny is a young Indian boy who falls heir to thousands of wild horses when his adoptive white father is murdered by henchmen of the town's leading citizen, Grat Hanlon. With the aid of his protector Steve Reynolds, he acquires an Army contract to deliver 300 horses a month to the cavalry. Hanlon, desiring the contract himself, and his men set out to keep the contract from being fulfilled.
User ratings: 52
Average rating: 6.3
51.
Fort Savage Raiders
1951
Steve Drake/The Durango Kid is commissioned by the Army to track down a band of desperado's who have escaped from the stockade at Fort Savage. The gang is led by ex-army Captain Craydon who is embittered as he blames the Army for his young son's death. A pompous young Lieutenant, son of the fort commander Colonel Sutter, is placed in charge of the bandit-chasing group that includes Steve, his pal Smiley and an old scout known as Old Cuss. His conceit and contempt of the civilians nearly leads to disaster.
User ratings: 12
Average rating: 6.4
52.
The Kid from Amarillo
1951
Treasury agent Steve Ransom (Charles Starrett) is given the mission of unmasking Jonathan Cole (Fred Sears), head of a gang of smugglers operating near the Mexico/Texas border which is not within the length of three eastern seaboard states of Amarillo but Columbia title writers were never good at geography. In spite of Steve's warnings, his bumbling pal Smiley (Smiley Burnette) does some lone-wolf sleuthing on the Cole ranch and is taken prisoner just as Steve is getting the evidence he needs against Cole.
User ratings: 10
Average rating: 6.7
53.
Pecos River
1951
Steve is a Government Agent looking for the gang that stole the U.S. Mail. When Old Henry kills an outlaw trying to rob the stage, the outlaws gun down Henry at his home. His son Jack, just back from the East, is taught to shoot by the Durango Kid. Steve appears to join the gang in order to catch them.
User ratings: 50
Average rating: 7.2
54.
Prairie Roundup
1951
Steve Carson, a former Texas Ranger Captain, shoots a fleeing hold-up bandit and is framed on a murder charge. He escapes with the help of his pal Smiley and they hire out as cowhands on a ranch owned by Toni Eaton. Steve, as the Durango Kid, learns that Buck Prescott has been fleecing the local ranchers by paying low prices for their cattle that have been stampeded by his henchmen. But he has no proof and his alter ego Steve is still wanted on the murder charge.
User ratings: 24
Average rating: 7.9
55.
Ridin' the Outlaw Trail
1951
Steve Forsythe/The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) is trailing holdup man Sam Barton (Lee Morgan) from Texas, but Barton is found first by hotel owner Ace Conley (Jim Bannon) who has his henchmen kill Barton and hide the 1000 $20 gold pieces he has stolen in an abandoned mine. Before Steve and the local sheriff, Tom Chapman(Peter Thompson), can get together on a plan, Conley has terrorized Pop Willard (Edgar Dearing), a miner, into boasting of his "gold strike" to divert attention from Conley's plan of melting the gold pieces into nuggets which he can bring into town legitimately. He needs a blacksmith to melt the gold and Smiley (Smiley Burnette), the town blacksmith, is kidnapped to handle that chore.
User ratings: 7
Average rating: 6.7
56.
Snake River Desperadoes
1951
Hatching a scheme to sell rifles to the Indians as a protection against the white settlers, Jim Haverly (Monte Blue) works both sides against the middle by having his henchmen masquerade as Indians and raid the settlers. With the ranchers preparing for retribution against the Indians, Haverly's plan is working well until Steve Reynolds/The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) shows up and, with the aid of a young white boy (Tommy Ivo) and his young Indian friend (Don Reynolds), and his bumbling sidekick Smiley (Smiley Burnette), begins the process of uncovering the actual villains.
User ratings: 63
Average rating: 6.9
57.
The Hawk of Wild River
1952
Steve Martin (Charles Starrett)is sent to Wild River to recover stolen gold and finds the town is being terrorized by The Hawk (Clayton Moore) and his outlaw gang. The Hawk attempts to murder Sheriff Jack Mahoney (Jock Mahoney) and is captured and jailed. Steve helps the Hawk break jail and thus makes contact with the bandit gang. He sends a bungling photographer, Smiley Burnette (Smiley Burnette), to warn the sheriff that the gang plan to rob the express office.
User ratings: 50
Average rating: 5.8
58.
Junction City
1952
User ratings: 7
Average rating: 7.9
59.
The Kid from Broken Gun
1952
Charles Starrett makes his final appearance as The Durango Kid, this time as Steve Reynolds, a postal inspector who has gone underground to catch the bad guys. His longtime sidekick, Smiley Burnette appears as an itinerant optometrist who is hardly in the plot line of the film. Jock Mahoney plays Jack Mahoney, an eastern educated dude who has come back home. The Durango Kid teaches Jack how to draw and fire a six-gun, and the two ultimately work together to bring the outlaws to justice. Evidently, the director, Fred f. Sears, and the cast had made this picture so many times they could not invent a new ending. At the end Smiley addresses the audience directly and assures us that everything turned out all right. He is puzzled, however, why Steve never got to meet The Durango Kid.
User ratings: 96
Average rating: 6.6
60.
Laramie Mountains
1952
In this entry of the long-running Durango Kid series, renegade Henry Mandel and his henchmen Paul Drake and Carson have discovered gold on an Indian reservation and plan on getting rid of the Indians by, disguised as Indians, attacking wagon and supply trains and Army units and laying the blame on Chief Lone Tree and his foster son Swift Eagle. Army Post Commander Major Markham and his aide, Lieutenant Robert Pierce, fall for the scheme, but Indian Agent Steve Holden, in his guise as the Durango Kid, uncovers the plot and, with the aid of Swift Eagle and Major Markham's soldiers, brings the renegades to justice.
User ratings: 57
Average rating: 6.3
61.
The Rough, Tough West
1952
Steve Holden, also the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett), arrives in a mining town and finds that his old friend Big Jack Mahoney (Jock Mahoney billed as Jack Mahoney)is operating a saloon and winning illegal control of gold mines and claims. Saloon entertainer Carolina (Carolina Cotton)is in love with Mahoney and does not know of his unorthodox deals. Smiley Burnette (billed above the title on the film and the posters and eligible for 2nd billing for those who can't read), the local fire chief, sympathizes with the miners and, as usual, provides next-to-nothing in the way of help except some songs, which are overshadowed by the music from Carolina Cotton and Pee Wee King. Mahoney gains control of the town's only outgoing road and demands toll on all of the gold shipments. But Steve, newly-appointed Sheriff, and Smiley lead the miners to a secret(?)road to the one-street town, which turns out not to be all that much of a secret as the wagons are waylaid by Mahoney's gunmen. Will Big Jack see the error of his ways and reform? Not before fire chief Smiley sings "Fire of Forty-One" he won't.
User ratings: 45
Average rating: 7.0
62.
Smoky Canyon
1952
The Durango Kid tries to help a man framed for murder and stop a range war between sheepmen and cattlemen.
User ratings: 40
Average rating: 5.9
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