Landrush (1946)

53 mins | Western | 17 October 1946

Director:

Vernon Keays

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

George Meehan

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Dec 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 46
p.3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Mar 46
p. 2895.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Sep 46
p. 3211.
Variety
18 Sep 46
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
Sd tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Darling Nellie Gray," music and lyrics by Benjamin Russell Hanby
"Dentist Song," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette
"De Camptown Races" and "Oh! Susanna," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
17 October 1946
Production Date:
5 November--13 November 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1946
Copyright Number:
LP665
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
53
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11326
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1880s, a group of settlers traveling by covered wagon through a part of the West known as the Free Territory is ambushed and held up at gun point by Claw Hawkins' gang of desperadoes. The gang takes the settlers' money, demands that they return to the nearby town of Border Plain and warns them to stay away from the Free Territory, which they call the Spur. Just as the gang is about to make its getaway, however, The Durango Kid, a masked rider for justice, arrives on the scene and begins shooting at the gang. After luring the gang into a trap, The Durango Kid attacks the desperadoes and retrieves the stolen money. Before returning the money to the settlers, The Durango Kid changes back into his cowboy clothes and resumes his identity as the surveyor Steve Harmon. A short time later, in Border Plain, Jake Parker, the editor of the town newspaper, leads a recall campaign to oust Sheriff Jim Collins, who is in league with the Hawkins gang. Parker vows to force Collins' resignation by forming a citizen's league and by printing an editorial in which he will formally accuse him of killing a Pony Express rider during a holdup. The recall effort easily wins the support of Smiley, a clumsy dentist and carpenter, who has long suspected that the sheriff is crooked. While Steve, accompanied by some of Smiley's men, goes on a surveying mission, Hawkins tries to use one of the marked bills stolen from the Pony Express robbery to bribe Parker into dropping the editorial. When Parker rejects the bribe, Hawkins knocks the editor unconscious and ransacks his office. ... +


In the 1880s, a group of settlers traveling by covered wagon through a part of the West known as the Free Territory is ambushed and held up at gun point by Claw Hawkins' gang of desperadoes. The gang takes the settlers' money, demands that they return to the nearby town of Border Plain and warns them to stay away from the Free Territory, which they call the Spur. Just as the gang is about to make its getaway, however, The Durango Kid, a masked rider for justice, arrives on the scene and begins shooting at the gang. After luring the gang into a trap, The Durango Kid attacks the desperadoes and retrieves the stolen money. Before returning the money to the settlers, The Durango Kid changes back into his cowboy clothes and resumes his identity as the surveyor Steve Harmon. A short time later, in Border Plain, Jake Parker, the editor of the town newspaper, leads a recall campaign to oust Sheriff Jim Collins, who is in league with the Hawkins gang. Parker vows to force Collins' resignation by forming a citizen's league and by printing an editorial in which he will formally accuse him of killing a Pony Express rider during a holdup. The recall effort easily wins the support of Smiley, a clumsy dentist and carpenter, who has long suspected that the sheriff is crooked. While Steve, accompanied by some of Smiley's men, goes on a surveying mission, Hawkins tries to use one of the marked bills stolen from the Pony Express robbery to bribe Parker into dropping the editorial. When Parker rejects the bribe, Hawkins knocks the editor unconscious and ransacks his office. Parker, however, manages to hold onto the marked bill, and his office is saved from complete destruction by the arrival of Steve and Smiley. Steve quickly changes into his Durango Kid outfit, subdues the gang and saves Mary, Jake's daughter, from harm. Soon after Steve and Smiley's men return to their surveying mission in the Spur, a shot rings out and one of the men is injured. Steve discovers Hawkins' hideout while investigating the source of the gunfire, but he is immediately driven off the land by Hawkins' men. Later, when Parker distributes posters announcing the opening of the Spur to homesteaders, Caleb Garvey, a ranch broker who is really the secret leader of Hawkins' gang, destroys the posters. On the day of the land rush, the Hawkins gang tries to prevent the settlers from reaching the Spur by setting a prairie fire, but Steve succeeds in putting out the flames with the help of the settlers. After changing into his Durango Kid disguise, Steve pursues the Hawkins gang and arrives at the hideout just as Garvey double-crosses Hawkins and shoots him. Steve then captures Garvey, and is thanked by the homesteaders, who are now free to settle the land. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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