Two-Fisted Stranger (1946)

50-51 mins | Western | 30 May 1946

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HISTORY

The title of Peter Whitehead's orignal screen story was "When Durango Rode." Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: I. Stanford Jolley, Edmund Cobb, Nolan Leary, Frank Ellis, Frank O'Connor and Matty Roubert. For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

The title of Peter Whitehead's orignal screen story was "When Durango Rode." Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: I. Stanford Jolley, Edmund Cobb, Nolan Leary, Frank Ellis, Frank O'Connor and Matty Roubert. For more information on "The Durango Kid" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Jun 1946.
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Daily Variety
7 Jun 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Apr 46
p. 2951.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Jun 46
p. 3043.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
Sd eng
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Trombone Song," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette
"You're Free Again" and "Will You Meet Me Little Darlin'," music and lyrics by Zeke Clements
"Someone Swell," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette and Lee Penny.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
30 May 1946
Production Date:
30 July--8 August 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 May 1946
Copyright Number:
LP373
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
50-51
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11179
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a small Nevada town during the pioneer days of the West, a series of stagecoach robberies prompts a group of citizens to deposit their money in the local bank for safekeeping. When the president of the bank, J. P. Martin, is given reason to believe that a parcel of land that he owns contains valuable minerals, he sends one of his associates, Brady, to San Francisco to have a soil sample analyzed by an assayer. Brady, who secretly leads a gang of outlaws, is accompanied on his stagecoach trip by Sheriff Condon, who volunteers to guard the stage's cash cargo. A short distance from town, the stage is ambushed by Brady's men and the sheriff is killed. The robbery, however, is foiled by the arrival of a mysterious rider named Steve Gordon. Steve captures one of the outlaws and scares the rest away with gunfire. Unknown to the bandits or the other townspeople, Steve is The Durango Kid, the famous masked rider and law and order champion. Back in town, Steve shows Martin and others written proof that he was deputized by Condon, and appoints himself the new sheriff. Condon, it is soon discovered, predicted a holdup along the trail and took the precaution of sending empty cash boxes on the stage and hiding the bank's $25,000 in his safe. With help from his deputy, Smiley, Steve vows to find the robbers and put an end to the lawlessness along the stagecoach trails. One day, when Martin's payroll office is robbed by a masked gunman, a fake posse is formed by the outlaws to search for the holdup man. Steve, sensing a ... +


In a small Nevada town during the pioneer days of the West, a series of stagecoach robberies prompts a group of citizens to deposit their money in the local bank for safekeeping. When the president of the bank, J. P. Martin, is given reason to believe that a parcel of land that he owns contains valuable minerals, he sends one of his associates, Brady, to San Francisco to have a soil sample analyzed by an assayer. Brady, who secretly leads a gang of outlaws, is accompanied on his stagecoach trip by Sheriff Condon, who volunteers to guard the stage's cash cargo. A short distance from town, the stage is ambushed by Brady's men and the sheriff is killed. The robbery, however, is foiled by the arrival of a mysterious rider named Steve Gordon. Steve captures one of the outlaws and scares the rest away with gunfire. Unknown to the bandits or the other townspeople, Steve is The Durango Kid, the famous masked rider and law and order champion. Back in town, Steve shows Martin and others written proof that he was deputized by Condon, and appoints himself the new sheriff. Condon, it is soon discovered, predicted a holdup along the trail and took the precaution of sending empty cash boxes on the stage and hiding the bank's $25,000 in his safe. With help from his deputy, Smiley, Steve vows to find the robbers and put an end to the lawlessness along the stagecoach trails. One day, when Martin's payroll office is robbed by a masked gunman, a fake posse is formed by the outlaws to search for the holdup man. Steve, sensing a trap, refuses to join the posse, and instead puts on his Durango Kid disguise and catches up with the masked bandit just as he is about to hand over the cash to Brady. Steve stops the transaction by pointing his gun at the two men, and later returns the money to Martin. One day, Smiley joins Brady on a hunting expedition, and finds rough diamonds in the soil. The discovery sets off a diamond rush, and Martin makes a fortune selling stock in the diamonds. His fortunes soon disappear, however, when he realizes that the discovery is a hoax perpetrated by Brady. When Martin confronts Brady, Brady knocks him unconscious, robs his safe and abducts his daughter Jenniver. After rescuing Jenniver, Steve, in his Durango Kid disguise, proves that Brady was filling mud flats with fake diamonds. The Brady gang is then rounded up and arrested, and Steve leaves town for another adventure. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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