Laramie

Overview

Heavily trimmed prior to release, this entry in the Charles Starrett "Durango Kid" Western series for Columbia includes leading man Starrett dressed up as John Wayne's stunt double Yakima Canutt in order to match an entire sequence of stock footage lifted from the classic Stagecoach (1939). Starrett plays his usual double-role as Steve (surname Holden this time around) and the Durango Kid, working desperately to prove that gun-runner Cronin (Robert J. Wilke) killed Chief Eagle (Chief Shooting Star) in order to ...
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Overview

Heavily trimmed prior to release, this entry in the Charles Starrett "Durango Kid" Western series for Columbia includes leading man Starrett dressed up as John Wayne's stunt double Yakima Canutt in order to match an entire sequence of stock footage lifted from the classic Stagecoach (1939). Starrett plays his usual double-role as Steve (surname Holden this time around) and the Durango Kid, working desperately to prove that gun-runner Cronin (Robert J. Wilke) killed Chief Eagle (Chief Shooting Star) in order to exploit an Indian war. To flush out Cronin and his cronies, Steve gets help from shoe repairman Smiley Burnette and the fort commandant's young son (Tommy Ivo). Yodeling specialist Elton Britt performs his own "Chime Bells" and William Shakespeare Hays' "Mollie Darlin" while Smiley Burnette takes care of Who Don't?" and "The Happy Cobbler"), both self-composed.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The longest-running series in B-Western history, the Charles Starrett) oaters from Columbia were showing a bit of strain by 1949 and Laramie remains a patch-up job. But as such, it isn't half bad and the Indian raid lifted almost intact from Stagecoach (1939) is seamlessly inserted and adds much needed production value to what essentially is a poverty row western. The elimination of the standard romantic angle -- leading lady Marjorie Stapp ended up on the cutting-room floor -- makes a refreshing change and the comedy relief by Smiley Burnette and Irish-accented George Lloyd is cleverly worked into the general plot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • UPC: 043396380790
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,246

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Starrett Steve Holden/Durango Kid
Smiley Burnette Smiley, Smiley Burnette
Fred Sears Colonel Ronald Dennison
Tommy Ivo Ronald Dennison
Bob Wilke Cronin
George Lloyd Sergeant Duff, Sgt. Duff
Myron Healey Lt. Reed
Shooting Star Chief Eagle
Jay Silverheels Running Wolf
Elton Britt Yodeling sergeant
Bob Cason Pete
John Cason
Jim Diehl Brecher
Ethan Laidlaw
Nolan Leary Senator Briggs
Kermit Maynard stage driver
Rodd Redwing Indian lookout
Marjorie Stapp
Robert J. Wilke Cronin
Technical Credits
Ray Nazarro Director
Paul Borofsky Editor
Charles Clague Art Director
Colbert Clark Producer
Barry Shipman Screenwriter
Rex Wimpy Cinematographer
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