SET #9


In this entry of the long-running Durango Kid series, renegade Henry Mandel (Bob Wilke) and his henchmen Paul Drake (Rory Mallison) and Carson (Zon Murray)have discovered gold on an Indian reservation and plan on getting rid of the Indians by, disguised as Indians, attacking wagon and supply trains and Army units and laying the blame on Chief Lone Tree (John War Eagle) and his foster son Swift Eagle (Jock Mahoney billed as Jack Mahoney.) Army Post Commander Major Markham (Fred Sears)and his aide, Lieutenant Robert Pierce (Marshall Reed), fall for the scheme, but Indian Agent Steve Holden (Charles Starrett), in his guise as the Durango Kid, uncovers the plot and, with the aid of Swift Eagle and Major Markham's soldiers, brings the renegades to justice


In "Landrush", (the correct single-word title for this film), Steve Harmon (Charles Starrett) arrives in Border Plain to survey the land, known as the Spur, which is to soon be opened to homesteaders. The area is a natural haven for a desperado gang led by Claw Hawkins (Bud Geary), already under suspicion of murdering a Pony Express rider. Hawkins' gang wrecks the newspaper office of Jake Parker (Emmett Lynn), but Hawkins loses a marked $100 bill he had stolen from the Express rider. Jake finds it and sends for Steve and Sheriff Tim Collins (Bud Osborne).Knowing that Hawkins still poses a danger to Jake, Steve switches to the Durango Kid and kidnaps him, hiding him in the carpentry shop ran by his pal Smiley (Smiley Burnette). There, Jake runs off handbills and notices that the Spur is opened for settlement and land will be acquired through a first-one-there landrush. The Hawkins gang, secretly led by rancher Caleb Garvey (Stephen Barclay), tries to circumvent the landrush by taking a short cut and starting a prairie fire in the path of the landrushers. Steve aids the prospective land owners by having them dig fire ditches and then, as the Durango Kid, swooping down on the gang members who are setting up property claims in the Spur.

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