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|BLAZING THE WESTERN TRAIL (director: Vernon Keays; screenwriter: J. Benton Cheney; cinematographer: George Meehan; editors: Henry Batista/ Paul Borofsky; music: Tommy Duncan; cast: Charles Starrett (Durango Kid/Jeff Waring), Tex Harding (Himself), Carole Mathews (Mary Halliday), Nolan Leary (Bob Halliday), Alan Bridge (Forrest Brent), Edward Howard (Jim McMasters), Dub Taylor (Cannonball), Virginia Sale (Nellie), Steve Clark (Dan Waring), Bob Wills (Bob), Texas Playboys (Themselves), Edmund Cobb (Sheriff Turner), Frank LaRue (Postal Inspector); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Colbert Clark; Columbia Pictures; 1945)|
|"A well-paced B-Western with
bouncy home-spun country music, a snappy
formulaic story and a dashing cowboy hero in a
by Dennis Schwartz
well-paced B-Western with bouncy home-spun country
music, a snappy formulaic story and a dashing cowboy
hero in a white hat. Director Vernon Keays ("Trigger
Law"/ "Lawless Empire"/"The Utah Kid") gets all he can
out of this routine Western and then some. Writer J.
Benton Cheney keeps things elementary and pleasantly
Western. Dub Taylor provides the comic relief, with
the running gag of him courting Virginia Sale and
taking a few pratfalls for his romantic efforts.
stage coach owner Forrest Brent (Alan
Bridge) hires gunman McMasters (Edward
Howard) and his gang to rob stage coach rival owners
Bob Halliday (Nolan Leary) and his
pretty daughter Mary Halliday (Carole Mathews) so that
he can get a valuable government postal contract based
out of the Quanto Basin territory in the West by
showing they are more efficient than their rival.
Things look glum for the Halliday line, as they are
about to lose not only the postal contract but their
business when Jeff Waring (Charles Starrett)
and his sidekick Tex Harding (Himself) appear out of
nowhere to halt a robbery on the trail. Jeff is
visiting his honest uncle Dan Waring (Steve
Clark), the unaware manager of the Brent line.
Dan discovers Brent is crooked, he goes to warn
Halliday but is shot in the back by McMasters. Framed
for the murder, Halliday is jailed without bail until
the trial takes place in three months. Jeff knows
Mary's father is innocent and schemes with Tex to help
her continue running the line without her dad while
getting the evidence that Brent killed his uncle and
is behind the robberies.
postal contract will be decided by a stage coach race
between the rival lines, with Jeff working for Brent
but sabotaging his efforts as the Durango Kid.
Meanwhile Tex and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) work for
Mary, as Tex rides the stagecoach to victory in the
race and secretly helps the Durango Kid stop the
villains and he begins a cautious romance with Mary.
REVIEWED ON 12/22/2012 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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