The Sombrero Kid

Overview

A well-acted, well-paced entry in the Don "Red" Barry Western series from Republic Pictures, The Sombrero Kid featured the diminutive Barry as Jerry Holden, the apparent son and heir of veteran lawman Tom Holden (Robert Homans). But when Holden Sr. is killed by one of Banker Martin's (Joel Friedkin) gang of claim jumpers, Jerry learns that his real father was Bart Clanton, a notorious bandit killed by Marshal Holden, who then raised the orphaned boy as his own. After accidentally killing one of Martin's men, ...
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Overview

A well-acted, well-paced entry in the Don "Red" Barry Western series from Republic Pictures, The Sombrero Kid featured the diminutive Barry as Jerry Holden, the apparent son and heir of veteran lawman Tom Holden (Robert Homans). But when Holden Sr. is killed by one of Banker Martin's (Joel Friedkin) gang of claim jumpers, Jerry learns that his real father was Bart Clanton, a notorious bandit killed by Marshal Holden, who then raised the orphaned boy as his own. After accidentally killing one of Martin's men, Taggart (I. Stanford Jolley), in a barroom fight, Jerry becomes a fugitive wanted for murder. He joins a gang led by Smoke (Stuart Hamblen), one of Martin's henchmen, hoping to obtain enough evidence to convict the crooked banker. Along with Tommy Holden Jr. (John James), who has replaced his late father as town marshal, Jerry sets a trap for Mason's weak-willed son, Phillip (Rand Brooks). In a desperate attempt to escape justice, Mason kills Phillip, but is arrested by Jerry. The latter is cleared of all charges and elected sheriff by a grateful citizenry. Country gospel songwriter Stuart Hamblen makes a fine villain in one of his infrequent screen appearances and blonde Lynn Merrick is, as always, an attractive adornment to any "Red" Barry vehicle. Merrick, whose contract was held jointly by Republic and Columbia Pictures, appeared in no less than 16 Barry Westerns, one of the longest runs of any sagebrush heroine. Her "leading man" this time around, however, is John James, not Barry. The Sombrero Kid was filmed at the Walker Ranch at Placerita Canyon, CA, a busy location for low-budget moviemaking from 1931-1955.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
In one of his infrequent screen appearances, country gospel songwriter Stuart Hamblen makes a good villain and blonde Lynn Merrick is, as always, an attractive adornment to any Don "Red" Barry vehicle. His contract was held jointly by Republic and Columbia Pictures, Merrick appeared in no less than 16 Barry Westerns, one of the longest runs of any sagebrush heroine. Her "leading man" this time around is not Barry, however, but personable supporting player John James. The Sombrero Kid was filmed at the Walker Ranch at Placerita Canyon, CA, a busy location for low-budget movie-making from 1931-1955.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 089218686497
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 73,165

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don "Red" Barry Jerry Holden
Lynn Merrick Dorothy Russell
John James Tommy Holden
Joel Friedkin Uriah Martin
Rand Brooks Phillip Martin
Robert E. Homans Tom Holden
Stuart Hamblen Smoke Denton
Slim Andrews Panamint
I. Stanford Jolley Taggart
Frank Brownlee Mayor Lem Barnett
Anne O'Neal Mrs. Barnett
Griff Barnett townsman
Hank Bell courtroom spectator
Edward Cassidy Sheriff Walker
Curley Dresden henchman
Kenne Duncan Pete
Bud Geary Claggett
Chick Hannon townsman
Merrill McCormack
Bob McKenzie Judge Tater
William Nestell
Jack O'Shea henchman
Pascale Perry Hunt
Michael Miller Jerry as a boy
Burr Caruth doctor
Bill Telaak bartender
Rose Plummer townswoman
Roy Bucko townsman
Buck Bucko townsman
Technical Credits
George Sherman Director, Producer
William Bradford Cinematographer
Cy Feuer Musical Direction/Supervision
Norman Hall Screenwriter
Russell Kimball Art Director
Doris Schroeder Original Story
William P. Thompson Editor
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