Whirlwind Raiders (1948)

54 mins | Western | 13 May 1948

Director:

Vernon Keays

Writer:

Norman S. Hall

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

M. A. Anderson

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

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

For additional information about "The Durango Kid" series, please 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
22 May 1948.
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Daily Variety
30 Jul 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 May 48
p. 4155.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 May 48
p. 4163.
Variety
12 May 48
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op add
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOUND
Sd tech
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Give Me Texas," words and music by Leon Rice
"Fiddlin' Fool" and "Lookin' Poor, Feelin' Rich," words and music by Smiley Burnette
"Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly)," music and lyrics attributed to Daniel Decatur Emmett.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 May 1948
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 May 1948
Production Date:
3 September--11 September 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 April 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1561
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
12749
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Texas in 1873, the Texas Rangers were disbanded and replaced by the state police, a corrupt band who looted and killed while hiding behind the mantle of the law. While en route to the town of Indian Springs to meet his old friend Steve Lanning, a former Ranger, Smiley Burnette, an itinerant tinker, is accosted by a band of the corrupt police led by Buff Tyson, who confiscates Smiley's horses. At that moment, The Durango Kid, the masked rider for justice, gallops from the hills, guns ablaze, causing Smiley's horses to bolt. After stopping the runaway team, The Durango Kid shows Smiley a reward poster for Steve, who is wanted for bank robbery. Later, Steve rides into Indian Springs, whose businesses are solely owned by Tracy Beaumont, the man in control of the state police. When Red Jordan, a member of the police, slaps little Tommy Ross, Steve throttles the bully, thus earning the gratitude of Tommy's father Homer, a pillar of the community. Afterward, Steve meets privately with Smiley and Bill Webster, the town's newspaper editor. After confiding that he has been sent to expose the corruption of Beaumont and the police, Steve explains that the reward poster has been fabricated to make Beaumont think that he is disreputable. Meanwhile, at the saloon, Beaumont cheats Homer at another hand of cards, thus running up his debt to $38,000. Beaumont then offers to expunge Homer's debt if he agrees to act as figurehead for the police, and he agrees to think about it. Later, Beaumont notices Steve's wanted poster, and recruits him to the police force, assigning him to watch Homer. ... +


In Texas in 1873, the Texas Rangers were disbanded and replaced by the state police, a corrupt band who looted and killed while hiding behind the mantle of the law. While en route to the town of Indian Springs to meet his old friend Steve Lanning, a former Ranger, Smiley Burnette, an itinerant tinker, is accosted by a band of the corrupt police led by Buff Tyson, who confiscates Smiley's horses. At that moment, The Durango Kid, the masked rider for justice, gallops from the hills, guns ablaze, causing Smiley's horses to bolt. After stopping the runaway team, The Durango Kid shows Smiley a reward poster for Steve, who is wanted for bank robbery. Later, Steve rides into Indian Springs, whose businesses are solely owned by Tracy Beaumont, the man in control of the state police. When Red Jordan, a member of the police, slaps little Tommy Ross, Steve throttles the bully, thus earning the gratitude of Tommy's father Homer, a pillar of the community. Afterward, Steve meets privately with Smiley and Bill Webster, the town's newspaper editor. After confiding that he has been sent to expose the corruption of Beaumont and the police, Steve explains that the reward poster has been fabricated to make Beaumont think that he is disreputable. Meanwhile, at the saloon, Beaumont cheats Homer at another hand of cards, thus running up his debt to $38,000. Beaumont then offers to expunge Homer's debt if he agrees to act as figurehead for the police, and he agrees to think about it. Later, Beaumont notices Steve's wanted poster, and recruits him to the police force, assigning him to watch Homer. At the Ross house, The Durango Kid urges Homer to accept the job as police commissioner so that he can compile evidence against Beaumont. After The Durango Kid leaves the ranch, Tommy follows him and watches as he disappears into the woods and reemerges as Steve. After swearing Tommy in as a Ranger, Steve makes him promise never to reveal that he is The Durango Kid. Back in town, Beaumont opens his safe to show Steve the stack of tax warrants that he plans to serve on the ranchers to confiscate their lands. That night, disguised as The Durango Kid, Steve sneaks into Beaumont's office, opens the safe and copies the ranchers' names from the warrants. The next day, as the police begin to confiscate the ranchers' cattle in lieu of delinquent taxes, The Durango Kid races from the hills, saves the herd and drives off the police. After The Durango Kid blocks Beaumont's attempts to seize Webster's assets, Beaumont, plotting to discredit The Durango Kid, instructs Buff to disguise himself as the masked rider and rob the bank. When Buff runs out of the bank, however, his mask slips and Tommy recognizes him. Realizing that he has been exposed, Buff takes Tommy to Beaumont's office, where the boy blurts out that Steve is The Durango Kid. Beaumont takes Tommy hostage at his hideout in Granite Canyon, and soon after, Steve spots Tommy's riderless horse running home. When Smiley informs Steve that Tommy recognized one of the bank robbers and recalls seeing Beaumont, his carriage curtains drawn, heading for Granite Canyon, Steve rides to the canyon, overpowers the guards and rescues Tommy. In town, Buff and Beaumont watch for The Durango Kid, planning to arrest him for bank robbery. Steve outsmarts them, however, by hiding in Smiley's wagon and slipping into town. Meanwhile, Homer receives a letter officially disbanding the state police and re-instituting the Texas Rangers. As Homer convenes a meeting with Buff and Beaumont in Beaumont's office, The Durango Kid jumps from the closet and extracts the stolen money from the safe. Using his authority as a Texas Ranger, The Durango Kid places Buff and Beaumont under arrest, and when Beaumont fires his gun, Homer shoots back, killing him. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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