The Fighting Frontiersman (1946)

61-62 mins | Western | 19 December 1946

Director:

Derwin Abrahams

Writer:

Ed Earl Repp

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Philip Tannura

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Big Bend Badmen . The film was the first of eight Durango Kid westerns to be directed by Derwin Abrahams. For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

The working title for this film was Big Bend Badmen . The film was the first of eight Durango Kid westerns to be directed by Derwin Abrahams. For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please 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
17 Jul 1946.
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Daily Variety
21 Feb 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Nov 46
pp. 3309-10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
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
MUSIC
"Old Folks at Home" by Stephen Foster
"Little Brown Jug" by Joseph E. Winner.
SONGS
"Swamp Woman Blues," "Don't Be Mad at Me" and "Coyote Chorus," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette
"Following the Trail," music and lyrics by Bob Newman.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Big Bend Badmen
Release Date:
19 December 1946
Production Date:
11 June--19 June 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 December 1946
Copyright Number:
LP736
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61-62
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11837
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Texas, in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War, prospector Cimarron Dobbs finds a cache of Spanish gold left by Santa Anna's army, and reports his discovery to his friend, Dixie King, a saloon hostess in the nearby town of Twin Forks. While Cimarron shows Dixie a sample of his find, John Munro, the owner of the saloon and the leader of a gang of outlaws, watches them with great interest. Dixie warns Cimarron to be careful of swindlers, and advises him to hire ranger Steve Reynolds, otherwise known as the mysterious rider The Durango Kid, to protect his life. On his way to the telegram office to send a message to Steve, Cimarron is abducted by Munro's gang and held captive at their hideout. After Dixie sends a letter to Steve explaining that Cimarron has discovered gold and is now missing, Steve leaves his home in Tres Nogales and sets out for Twin Forks with his pal, Smiley Burnette. In the hope of preventing Steve from finding Cimarron, Munro instructs his men to ambush anyone approaching the town who looks like a ranger. In the hills near Twin Forks, Steve changes into his Durango Kid disguise and successfully wards off an attack by the Munro gang. He then changes out of his disguise and meets Dixie at her saloon. Smiley, meanwhile, stops in for a haircut at Kate's barbershop, where he overhears the outlaws telling Munro that they lost a battle with The Durango Kid. Munro's men then assume Smiley is the visiting ranger and follow him to Dixie's saloon, where a brawl ensues. The fight is broken up by Munro, who denies any ... +


In Texas, in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War, prospector Cimarron Dobbs finds a cache of Spanish gold left by Santa Anna's army, and reports his discovery to his friend, Dixie King, a saloon hostess in the nearby town of Twin Forks. While Cimarron shows Dixie a sample of his find, John Munro, the owner of the saloon and the leader of a gang of outlaws, watches them with great interest. Dixie warns Cimarron to be careful of swindlers, and advises him to hire ranger Steve Reynolds, otherwise known as the mysterious rider The Durango Kid, to protect his life. On his way to the telegram office to send a message to Steve, Cimarron is abducted by Munro's gang and held captive at their hideout. After Dixie sends a letter to Steve explaining that Cimarron has discovered gold and is now missing, Steve leaves his home in Tres Nogales and sets out for Twin Forks with his pal, Smiley Burnette. In the hope of preventing Steve from finding Cimarron, Munro instructs his men to ambush anyone approaching the town who looks like a ranger. In the hills near Twin Forks, Steve changes into his Durango Kid disguise and successfully wards off an attack by the Munro gang. He then changes out of his disguise and meets Dixie at her saloon. Smiley, meanwhile, stops in for a haircut at Kate's barbershop, where he overhears the outlaws telling Munro that they lost a battle with The Durango Kid. Munro's men then assume Smiley is the visiting ranger and follow him to Dixie's saloon, where a brawl ensues. The fight is broken up by Munro, who denies any association with the outlaws and says that he does not know the whereabouts of Cimarron. Smiley, however, recognizes Munro as the outlaw leader, and suggests that Steve follow the outlaws to their hideout. In his Durango Kid disguise, Steve sets out to find Cimarron, but is stopped by a cattle stampede instigated by Munro's men. Back in Twin Forks, Steve and Smiley post a $5,000 reward and a share of the Santa Anna treasure for information about Cimarron's whereabouts. Munro attempts to thwart Steve's efforts by offering Dixie half of the Santa Anna treasure if she will induce Cimarron to tell her where the gold is hidden. Blindfolded, Dixie is taken to the Munro hideout, where she meets with Cimarron. Cimarron is distrustful of Dixie until she agrees to return with a badge belonging to The Durango Kid, as proof that she and The Durango Kid are working together to win his release. Again blindfolded, Dixie is led back to town but leaves a trail of beads to mark the way. Dixie later returns to the hideout with the badge and instructs Cimarron to draw a map to the treasure. Meanwhile, Steve, in his Durango Kid disguise, finds the beads and follows the trail to the hideout. After rescuing Cimarron and subduing the Munro gang in a gun battle, Steve changes out of his Durango Kid disguise and tells the people of Twin Forks that the hidden treasure will be used to build up the region. +

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