The Kid from Kansas


60m 1941

Film Details

Also Known As
The Americanos
Release Date
Sep 19, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
5,467ft

Synopsis

On an island in the tropics, plantation foreman Andy prepares a banana shipment. Drifter Kansas offers to help him just as plantation owner Juan Garcia Pancho arrives and yells at his foreman. Later, at the Great Northern office, the plantation owners are told by fruit representative Lee Walker that the price he will pay for this year's crop has been drastically cut. Pancho then announces that he has arranged the sale of his stock to another company whose boat will arrive the next day. That night, as Andy and Kansas guard the banana crop, a group of saboteurs attack the plantation, pouring kerosine on the stocks and killing one man. The chief of police arrives and arrests both Kansas and Andy for murder. Pancho bails Andy out of jail, and is then convinced by Andy to bail Kansas out as well. On the drive back to the plantation, Pancho berates Andy for losing the bananas and getting involved with a stranger like Kansas, but decides to hire the new man himself. Eight miles from home, the trio discovers that the railroad tracks have been pulled up, so they are forced to walk the rest of the way. Back at the plantation, the workers, led by Cesar, revolt against Pancho and demand their back wages, which Pancho does not have due to the loss of his crop. A fight breaks out, and Pancho, Andy and Kansas are forced to defend the plantation against its workers. Afterward, Julie "Smitty" Smith, a chemist hired by Pancho, arrives. Because he was expecting a man, Pancho tries to dismiss Smitty, but when she asks for her severance pay Pancho is forced to keep her on staff, as he has no money to pay her. The next day, Pancho meets with his fellow plantation owners at the Toalango Fruit Exchange where they all seek bank loans. Having been refused loans by bank president John Russell, the plantation owners consider selling their homes. Pancho tries to dissuade them, but one owner, Roy York, states that he has had enough and sells his plantation to Russell for a paltry $5,000. That night, a goodbye party is held for York at the local nightclub. After York leaves, Kansas follows him, only to return later to the plantation with the $5,000, stating that he convinced York to lend him the money. The next morning, however, York is found murdered and the police arrest Kansas. An unknown man helps Kansas break out of jail, after which the drifter returns to Pancho's plantation. While checking the banana stalks, Smitty discovers more sabotage, as someone has introduced a fungus from Jamaica into the crop. Pancho and Kansas prepare the bananas for shipment until the police arrive to arrest the drifter, having been tipped off by Walker. Pancho convinces the police, however, to go down the river with the crops first, and Walker, who is forced to go along, finally breaks down, admitting that his gang is waiting down the river to blow up the crops. Kansas then admits that he is actually a special agent for Great Northern and is working undercover to expose Walker and his gang. After capturing the gang in a shootout, banker Russell is arrested as the gang's leader, while the police chief admits he was the mystery man who helped Kansas escape from jail. With life back to normal, Andy works the docks once again, under the constant beratement of Pancho.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Americanos
Release Date
Sep 19, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
5,467ft

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Notes

The working title of this film was The Americanos.