Sometimes you just need Charles Starrett as The Durango Kid to break the monotony of the day.
Starrett starred as The Durango Kid in more than 60 B movies churned out by Columbia from 1940 to 1952. (It took five years for the sequel to the first film to appear -- and then the floodgates opened.) The mysterious horseman in black was the nemesis of the bad guys and brought justice to the Old West one movie at a time.
In Pecos River Starret is ex-outlaw, now postal inspector, Steve Baldwin, going after the gang that murdered driver Henry Mahoney (Edgar Dearing). Henry's son is Jack Mahoney (Jock Mahoney, billed as Jack Mahoney). Comic relief Smiley Burnette plays comic sidekick Smiley Burnette. We get two songs from some guy billed as Harmonica Bill, who plays Harmonica Player Bill. Eye candy was provided by Anne James who played Betty Coulter (as Delores Sidener), one of only three roles listed in IMDb. (Turns out the Anne James died three weeks shy of her 83rd birthday in Tewksbury, Massachusetts in 2015; Tewksbury is across the river from the town where I grew up. who knew?). For those who are interested, Bullet played Starrett's horse when he was Steve and Raider played the Durango Kid's horse; that way no one would know that Steve and Durango were the same dude.
Enjoy this little piece of fluff. And stay inside, stay safe, and stay healthy.
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