Trail of the Rustlers (1950)

Western | 2 February 1950

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Victor Arthur

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

Fayte Browne

Editor:

Paul Borofsky

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

For more 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

For more 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
Box Office
3 Jun 1950.
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Film Daily
2 Feb 1950.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 49
p. 16.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Feb 1950.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Shoot Me Dead for That One," "I Should Say" and "I Wish I'd Said That," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
2 February 1950
Production Date:
29 September--6 October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2806
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,867
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After he is captured by The Durango Kid, bandit Big Slim Mahoney is killed during a jailbreak, and his family vows to avenge his death. The Mahoneys, posing as respectable citizens, are secretly trying to obtain all the land near the town of Rio Perdito. Hoping to simultaneously drive off the ranchers and lure The Durango Kid to town, Chick, Slim's brother, dresses as The Durango Kid and raids the nearby ranches. On his arrival in town from Texas, Steve Armitage meets young Tod Hyland, who is now disillusioned with his hero, The Durango Kid. While they are talking, Chick, disguised as The Durango Kid, kills Tod's father. Later, Steve rides into town, where he meets his old friend, Smiley Burnette. Steve informs the Mahoneys of Hyland's death, and Mrs. Mahoney hurries to comfort Tod's sister Mary Ellen. Later, Smiley reads Steve a mysterious letter authorizing him to buy all available ranch land in Rio Perdito. Although Steve and Smiley are surprised by the letter because a drought has destroyed the value of the land, Steve advises Smiley to hold on to the letter and, later, announces that he will buy any land for sale. Unknown to Smiley, the letter was sent to him by the Mahoneys, and now that Steve has interfered with their plans, they decide to kill him. When Steve suddenly appears, disguised as The Durango Kid, however, their efforts are thwarted. Still disguised as The Durango Kid, Steve evades the Mahoneys, but is spotted in his hideout by Tod. Steve persuades Tod that he is not a killer and asks for his help in finding the lost ... +


After he is captured by The Durango Kid, bandit Big Slim Mahoney is killed during a jailbreak, and his family vows to avenge his death. The Mahoneys, posing as respectable citizens, are secretly trying to obtain all the land near the town of Rio Perdito. Hoping to simultaneously drive off the ranchers and lure The Durango Kid to town, Chick, Slim's brother, dresses as The Durango Kid and raids the nearby ranches. On his arrival in town from Texas, Steve Armitage meets young Tod Hyland, who is now disillusioned with his hero, The Durango Kid. While they are talking, Chick, disguised as The Durango Kid, kills Tod's father. Later, Steve rides into town, where he meets his old friend, Smiley Burnette. Steve informs the Mahoneys of Hyland's death, and Mrs. Mahoney hurries to comfort Tod's sister Mary Ellen. Later, Smiley reads Steve a mysterious letter authorizing him to buy all available ranch land in Rio Perdito. Although Steve and Smiley are surprised by the letter because a drought has destroyed the value of the land, Steve advises Smiley to hold on to the letter and, later, announces that he will buy any land for sale. Unknown to Smiley, the letter was sent to him by the Mahoneys, and now that Steve has interfered with their plans, they decide to kill him. When Steve suddenly appears, disguised as The Durango Kid, however, their efforts are thwarted. Still disguised as The Durango Kid, Steve evades the Mahoneys, but is spotted in his hideout by Tod. Steve persuades Tod that he is not a killer and asks for his help in finding the lost river that the town's name seems to indicate exists. Then, still dressed as The Durango Kid, Steve stops the stagecoach and steals the money being forwarded to Smiley to buy land. Meanwhile, Mrs. Mahoney discovers Steve's money hidden in his room, and, while wearing disguises, her sons give that money to Smiley. Smiley then secretly tells Steve that someone wants the Hyland ranch. In the meantime, Tod has discovered the hidden water supply and tells the Mahoneys. Mrs. Mahoney orders Mahoney henchmen Bob and Jake to take Tod prisoner until the ranches are all sold. When Tod does not return, Steve goes in search of him and then, dressed as The Durango Kid, finds the youth and the lost river. Before the sales can take place, Smiley receives a note warning him not to sell any of the land. When Smiley tries to postpone the sale, however, Chick dresses as The Durango Kid and insists that it proceed. Finally the real Durango Kid arrives and reveals Chick's subterfuge. Now that the ranchers' problems have been solved, Steve leaves town, and Tod resolves to emulate the real Durango Kid. +

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

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