“Landrush”

May 31, 2008

Courtesy of Les Adams

This 1946 chapter in the Durango Kid saga has some of the best lines yet.

“That’s me. I’m like a fly on a hot piece of cornpone, no sooner do I light than I’m off.”

And this: “Do I play poker? Why, that’s a mighty difficult question to ask a fella this early in the morning.”

And this exchange: “Want to know something Smiley?”

“I sure do”

“Well maybe someday you will.”

It also has some of the worst, like this clunker. “Looks good to me. We’ll use the same copy for the circulars. Smiley, I want you to post these on the main highway and out-lying roads. When the circulars are ready, distribute them in bundles for distribution at crossroads, stores, stage depots, hotels and so forth. You’ll have to hurry there isn’t much time.”

WOW! “In Bundles” you say!

Steve Harmon is a surveyor for the Government (another sexy job for our hero.) He’s organizing a Land Run in the town of Border Plain. Claw Hawkins and his gang want to stop the run so they can keep the land for themselves. Smiley is a retired “Teeth Extractor” who doesn’t know Steve when the film begins.

Of course, I’ve seen most of the second half of this in the flashback sequences in “Streets of Ghost Town” (1951).

One staple of the Western I haven’t seen before in a DK film: the saloon poker game. It’s another comic set-piece for the master, Smiley Burnette. (psst I’m being sarcastic…)

Another fresh idea in this one. The gal actually takes an interest in Steve. But she does seem to know the score. She asks Smiley about Steve one time, since they spent some time alone together out on the plains, “It takes a man to size up another man.”

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

At the end, she calls him “Mr. Somebody.”

Lots of neat riding in this one. Not a lot new for Charley here, but he does well.

Ozie Waters and his Colorado Rangers play some standards “Oh Suzanna” and “Campdown Races”. They also act.