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Bandits of El Dorado (1949)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 20 October 1949 (USA)
Outlaws along the Texas-Mexican border are mysteriously disappearing without a trace, so the Durango Kid adopts a second fake outlaw identity to expose the scheme.


Ray Nazarro


Barry Shipman




Complete credited cast:
Charles Starrett ... Texas Ranger Steve Carson / The Durango Kid
George J. Lewis ... Colonel José Vargas
Fred F. Sears ... Ranger Captain Richard Henley (as Fred Sears)
John Dehner ... Charles Bruton
Clayton Moore ... B. F. Morgan
Mustard Mustard ... Burnette Cohort (as Mustard and Gravy)
Gravy Gravy ... Burnette Cohort (as Mustard and Gravy)
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley Burnette


Wanted outlaws have mysteriously disappeared. Ranger Captain Henley and Steve have a plan to find them. Steve becomes a wanted man by faking the killing of Henley. Not only is he now in trouble as both the Rangers and the Mexican Rurales are after him, but Smiley knows him and may expose his masquerade to the bad guys. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Smiley's Tunes Echo To The Roar Of Starrett's Guns!


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Release Date:

20 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandits of Eldorado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[Steve can't understand how the Mexican police knew the time and date of his rendevous with the outlaw gang]
Ranger Capt. Henley: Steve, I got a hunch that somebody in Copper City is selling information to anyone who'll pay for it.
Steve Carson: For instance?
Ranger Capt. Henley: Well, there's been a character walking around El Dorado asking about you.
Steve Carson: That wouldn't be Smiley Burnette, would it?
Ranger Capt. Henley: Yes, that's the man.
Steve Carson: Oh, Henley, we're sunk! I can handle outlaws but I can't handle that Smiley.
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Get Ready, Brother
Performed by Mustard & Gravy (in blackface)
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Which Way Did They Go, George?
18 October 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good B western. The most successful outlaws in Texas have been disappearing with their loot, despite the best efforts of the Texas Rangers and the Mexican Federales. It's up to Texas Ranger Steve Carson to go underground to trace these disappearing bad men.

All the elements work in this Durango Kid movie. It's a bit shorter than usual, timing in at 54 minutes, but there's very little bloat. The comedy bits with Smiley Burnette work, the songs are good and the camera-work of Fayte M. Browne is excellent. The acting is better than usual, with John Dehner and Clayton Moore in major roles.This is a good movie to show to people who are not familiar with the series.

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