Cast & Crew
Bill Lowry returns to his family's ranch on the day that his father is gunned down by Mace Ballard, a cattleman who has been waging a campaign of terror against the homesteaders. To cover up his crime, Ballard claims that a "nester" killed Lowry. A few nights later, Ballard's men raid the Winslow homestead, and although Bill and his cowhands drive the raiders away, the Winslow home is left in ashes. Taking a liking to daughter Nancy Winslow, Bill sends the family to settle in Hidden Valley. Then, deciding that Ballard's marauding can best be handled by the Durango Kid, Bill dons the mask of the fearsome rider and robs Ballard of all his cash, which he distributes to the homesteaders. Furious over the robbery, Ballard directs United States Marshal Trayboe to post a reward for the Kid. Trayboe, who is wiser than he seems, appoints Bill deputy and commissions him to bring in the outlaw. As Ballard continues his raids on the homesteaders, the Kid continues robbing Ballard's men and giving the money to the homesteaders to resettle in Hidden Valley. When the homesteaders become restless and threaten to leave the valley, however, Nancy takes the money and rides for the Lowry ranch. On the way, she is detained by Ballard and his men, who find the money in her possession. Suspecting that Nancy is in league with the Kid, Ballard sets a trap for the outlaw. True to Ballard's plan, the Kid appears to rescue Nancy, and Ballard takes him captive. As he is about to kill the Kid, Ballard boasts that he murdered Lowry. His taunt is overheard by Trayboe, who has followed Bill to the Ballard ranch, and as Trayboe's men enter the house, Ballard dies in a shootout with the Kid. With peace restored in the valley, Bill settles down at his father's ranch with Nancy at his side.
Sons Of The Pioneers
The Durango Kid
The Durango Kid
According to Hollywood Reporter production charts and the copyright records, Ben Taggert was originally cast as Marshal Trayboe. The film was partially filmed on location at Agoura Ranch in Agoura, CA. Columbia revived the character of "The Durango Kid" for a series of films, beginning with the 1945 production The Return of the Durango Kid. For information on the series, please consult the entry below.