“The Durango Kid”

April 9, 2008

These first few posts will be me getting up to speed, getting caught up on the films I have seen so far. They will be a little shorter and less in-depth.

Okay. “The Durango Kid” 1940.

Charley plays a cowboy named “Bill Lowry.” He’s not named Steve Insert-Random-Surname-Here as he will more consistently (?) be named in future episodes.

Not much of a creation myth. People are talking about “The Durango Kid” doing something down in Texas when Bill arrives home. It’s unclear if Bill was the Durango Kid down in Texas, it seems unlikely.

All this talk gives Bill an idea: to become the Kid and do what he did down in Texas. We don’t get to see this idea occur to him, or, if we do, Charley’s school of acting doesn’t convene it.

So Charley does his thing and saves some homesteaders. He gets dressed up in black and rides his white horse. Some fancy switch-aroos to confuse people.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

If the story is true, the black scarf is a piece from a Rita Hayworth dress. I sorta doubt it. Charley doesn’t get too excited about it either way, but then I guess he might not be…

The Sons of the Pioneers sing and are characters (farmhands) in the film. No Cannonball — no specific comic relief character.

I don’t think Charley gets the girl especially.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures