Gunning for Vengeance (1946)

54 mins | Western | 21 March 1946

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

George Kelley

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Burning the Trail . While contemporary sources list actor Smiley Burnette's character as "Smiley Butterbeam," he is called Smiley Burnette within the film. Although a HR production chart lists Al Clark as the film editor, Paul Borofsky is credited onscreen. 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 Burning the Trail . While contemporary sources list actor Smiley Burnette's character as "Smiley Butterbeam," he is called Smiley Burnette within the film. Although a HR production chart lists Al Clark as the film editor, Paul Borofsky is credited onscreen. 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

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
19 Apr 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 46
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Apr 46
p. 2962.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Smithy's a Liar," "Twenty Long Years" and "Hominy Grits," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette
"The Belle of Sonora Is Mine," music and lyrics by Curt Barrett and Charley Wilkin.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Burning the Trail
Release Date:
21 March 1946
Production Date:
4 June--13 June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 March 1946
Copyright Number:
LP275
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11036
SYNOPSIS

In 1888, cowboy Steve Landry, who is actually The Durango Kid, masked champion of law and order, rides his horse along the western trail drives, where bands of renegade cowboys have been terrorizing cattle herders. En route to the town of Split Rock, where he is to become the new sheriff, Steve chases away a gang of outlaws who have shot an old man named Jenkins. He then escorts the injured man and his fifteen-year-old daughter Elaine to Split Rock. While Jenkins recuperates, Steve takes Elaine to meet his friend Smiley Burnette, a blacksmith. After deputizing Smiley, Steve recognizes the pinto hitched in front of Belle Madden's Crystal Palace saloon as the one belonging to the man who shot Jenkins. When Steve enters the saloon and tries to arrest Curley, the owner of the pinto, a fistfight between the two men ensues. Curley escapes through the rear door of the saloon, and Steve and Smiley round up a posse to chase after him. Steve eventually catches up with Curley, but because the outlaw has crossed the state line, Steve is prevented from making a legal arrest. Undaunted, Steve leaves the outlaws momentarily to change into his Durango Kid disguise, and returns to capture Curley. After delivering Curley to the town jail, Steve changes back into his cowboy clothes and watches Smiley demonstrate his new automatic jail cell lock. That night, Steve discovers that Jim Clayburn, the president of the Tavern Keepers' Association, is the leader of the outlaws, and that Belle is also in league with them. The following day, Clayburn instigates a riot to divert attention away from the jail house, and then attempts ... +


In 1888, cowboy Steve Landry, who is actually The Durango Kid, masked champion of law and order, rides his horse along the western trail drives, where bands of renegade cowboys have been terrorizing cattle herders. En route to the town of Split Rock, where he is to become the new sheriff, Steve chases away a gang of outlaws who have shot an old man named Jenkins. He then escorts the injured man and his fifteen-year-old daughter Elaine to Split Rock. While Jenkins recuperates, Steve takes Elaine to meet his friend Smiley Burnette, a blacksmith. After deputizing Smiley, Steve recognizes the pinto hitched in front of Belle Madden's Crystal Palace saloon as the one belonging to the man who shot Jenkins. When Steve enters the saloon and tries to arrest Curley, the owner of the pinto, a fistfight between the two men ensues. Curley escapes through the rear door of the saloon, and Steve and Smiley round up a posse to chase after him. Steve eventually catches up with Curley, but because the outlaw has crossed the state line, Steve is prevented from making a legal arrest. Undaunted, Steve leaves the outlaws momentarily to change into his Durango Kid disguise, and returns to capture Curley. After delivering Curley to the town jail, Steve changes back into his cowboy clothes and watches Smiley demonstrate his new automatic jail cell lock. That night, Steve discovers that Jim Clayburn, the president of the Tavern Keepers' Association, is the leader of the outlaws, and that Belle is also in league with them. The following day, Clayburn instigates a riot to divert attention away from the jail house, and then attempts to free Curley. The jailbreak fails, however, when Clayburn is unable to break the automatic lock. Clayburn later gets an idea to kidnap Elaine to force Steve to come to his hideout, but Belle, who has grown fond of Elaine, persuades the outlaw to fake the girl's kidnapping while the girl is in her care. While Steve, dressed in his Durango Kid disguise, sets out in pursuit of the kidnappers, Smiley learns that Elaine is in Belle's back room. Smiley races after Steve, alerts him to Clayburn's trap, and then helps his pal fight off the outlaws in a gun battle. Clayburn and his cohorts hurry back to town, where they attempt to capture Elaine and use her as a hostage. Their attempt fails when Elaine escapes, and Belle is shot trying to protect her. When Elaine warns Steve that Clayburn is planning an ambush, Smiley and Steve, as The Durango Kid, outwit the outlaws and prove victorious in a gun battle. With peace finally restored to Split Rock, Steve bids farewell to his pals and leaves town. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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