Bill C. (Karmakat) from WALDRON, AR Reviewed on 4/6/2014...
The Durango Kid was my #1 cowboy hero when I was a lad 70 years ago! Today, it boggles my mind that I thought he was so great!
Better than average Durango....
B. Cathey | Wendell, NC United States | 05/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this DVD for $9.99, and was pleased that Sony/Columbia has begun to put some of the Durango Kid releases on DVD. Blazing Across the Pecos is indeed entertaining. True, the plot is simple and tried, but unlike a couple of other reviewers, I believe this B-Western does hold interest, and, with such stand-outs as Smiley Burnette and Jock Mahoney, is fun to watch. You can't go wrong with a Durango Kid. Print quality is superb. Now, let's hope Sony will release a lot more Durangos [Bonanza Town is also out]. They've begun to put out some Randy Scott, Glenn Ford, and other "A" Westerners. During the late 1940s (with G. Autry and Ch. Starrett) and later in the 1950s (with Scott, Ford, and others) Columbia Pictures did justice to the Western movie genre. Now that Platinum Disc has released about 40 Hopalong Cassidy movies (all digitally remastered prints), Sony might think about putting out nicely-priced sets of Durangos....
I do wish someone at Warner would consider some of the 1950s Randolph Scott Westerns, as well. While they generally weren't as well-produced as the Columbias, several of them (e.g., Carson City, Seven Men from Now, Westbound, Fort Worth, Colt .45) are superior and deserve to be put on DVD...."
Blazing Across the Pecos.
DaViD | Pasadena Australia | 10/18/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The good news first, dvd quality is excellent throughout, both picture and sound. This Durango Kid feature is only 54 minutes but seems twice as long. Story is written around lots of stock footage and makes little sense. The lack lustre supporting cast just go through the motions, while Smiley Burnette is simply awful, and Charles Starrett looks bored. Jock Mahoney has a short scene as well as doing his usual excellent stunt work. At $17.95 it is very over priced. There are many far superior Starrett westerns let's hope that Columbia makes a better choice next time. How about two westerns to a disc."
Great durango kid
Ward T. Knickerbocker | NELSON, PA United States | 03/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great dvd. others have said this is not. If you Know how these old westerns are they are all a little corny. But this durango kid is a very good one. charles is good and the story is good. the picture quality is great espically for an old black and white western. sure there are better westerns but,if you are a true durango kid this will not disapoint"
"The Durango Kid B-Western Series ... Blazing Across the Pec
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Columbia Pictures present "BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS" (1948) (54 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Charles Starrett as the black masked Durango Kid of '40s and '50s B-Western trail, he became as synonymous with the character as Clayton Moore was with the Lone Ranger and William Boyd was to Hopalong Cassidy ... The Durango Kid was an immediate hit with Saturday matinee crowd and a decision was made to continue the character, which Columbia did for an unprecedented 64 series westerns over the next seven years ... when Starrett portrayed the black clad and masked Durango Kid, he rode an Arabian white steed named "Raider" ... don't miss any of the Durango Kid features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his B-Western adventures.
Under Ray Nazarro (Director), Colbert Clark - Producer), Norman Hall - Screenwriter), Paul Sawtell (Original Music), Ira H. Morgan (Cinematographer), Richard Fantl (Editor) ------ the cast includes Charles Starrett (Steve Blake/Durango Kid), Smiley Burnette (Marshal Smiley Burnette), Patricia Barry (Lola Carter), Paul Campbell (Editor Jim Traynor), Charles C. Wilson (Ace Brockway), Thomas E. Jackson (Matt Carter), Red Arnall (Band Leader Red Arnall (as Red Arnall and The Western Aces), The Western Aces (Saloon musicians (as Red Arnall and The Western Aces) ------ our story has the masked defender of law and order The Durango Kid protecting the rights of Thomas E. Jackson against Charles C. Wilson from Indian attacks ... is Wilson trying to drive Jackson out of business on his trading post ... can The Durango Kid out smart the baddies in this exciting Columbia oater, is Marshal Smiley Burnette still trying to figure out who is the real Durango Kid ... never fear our hero will win out and with the musical talents of Burnette to help us over the bumpy trail ---- they just don't make 'em like this anymore and Columbia Pictures was one of the leaders of exciting B-Westerns and Serials.
Special Footnote, Charles Starrett was an American actor best known for his starring role in the "Durango Kid" Columbia Pictures western series ... In 1933 he was one of the people who helped organize the Screen Actors Guild, and in 1936 signed with Columbia Pictures to become one of the top ten western stars, starring in 115 movies the following 16 years ... in playing assorted sheriff and rangers roles, Starrett gained notoriety for his role as the "Durango Kid", the first film in which he played his famous alter-ego character was known as "The Durango Kid", which was released in 1940, but for some reason, Columbia did not see fit to continue with the series at that time ... the character was revived in 1944 and lasted through 1952. Dub Taylor, as "Cannonball", worked with Starrett until 1946 ... at that time, Smiley Burnette, who had been a very popular sidekick to Gene Autry, was brought in to replace Taylor. Burnette, appropriately enough, played a character called Smiley Burnette ... "The Durango Kid" series combined vigorous action sequences - often with speeded up camera work and spectacular stunts performed by Jock Mahoney - and western music ... each film featured a singing group, and many gave free rein to Burnette's singing and playing ... Starrett, who was independently wealthy, ended his acting career at 48 age when the "Durango Kid" series ceased production.
BIOS: 1. Charles Starrett Date of birth: 28 March 1903 - Athol, Massachusetts, Date of death: 22 March 1986 - Borrego Springs, California
Great job releasing "Blazing Across the Pecos" (1948) - Durango Kid, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out VCI Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns and Serials ---Western Classics, all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 54 min on VHS ~ Sony Video ~ (9/14/2004)"
Interesting vintage cowboy movie
R. Lee | Tucson, Arizona | 03/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Good quality from 35 mm print. Okay Durango Kid outing."