Charles starrett – the durango kid how to save money fast for a car

At one of the several western film festivals starrett attended how to save money fast for a car in the ’80s, charles groaned, "it was tough making westerns. I got up at 5 o’clock to be on location about 6:30 so we could start shooting at 7 to get how to save money fast for a car all the sunlight possible. We even worked saturdays and usually put in 70-80 hours a week — but I thoroughly enjoyed making them. My first western cost about $150,000 and took about three weeks to complete, which was pretty good compared to some of the others how to save money fast for a car being shot in 5-6 days. As the years went by production costs rose and the how to save money fast for a car studio trimmed the shooting schedule. We took 18 days — then 16 and less. The scripts became tight and sometimes, in the later durango kids, we used scenes filmed for other pictures to compensate for how to save money fast for a car lost time — or to save money. When I left in 1952 the budgets were quite high how to save money fast for a car and we were shooting a picture in 7-10 days."

Before settling on the durango kid character in 1945, columbia experimented with several ideas for starrett’s westerns. In some he was a mountie, in a few charlie was a wandering cowboy doctor. THE MEDICO OF PAINTED SPRINGS (’41) and THUNDER OVER THE PRAIRIE (’41) were two of these ill received entries. Figuring two stars are better than one, columbia mogul harry cohn gave starrett a two fisted partner how to save money fast for a car in russell hayden, fresh from the hopalong cassidy series at paramount. The duo made eight brawlin’, rip snortin’, frenzy paced, action sagas that made up for the slower paced medico how to save money fast for a car series. On the strength of these, columbia gave hayden his own series in 1942.

Above is starrett’s singin’ sidekick tex harding (real name: john thye). Recent information (late 2003) indicates that harding’s singing voice may have been dubbed and the real how to save money fast for a car voice doing tex’s songs belonged to james T. ‘bud’ nelson (born january 28, 1914, brooklyn, new york, passed away march 13, 1994, las vegas, nevada). Nelson did appear onscreen in bit and background roles in how to save money fast for a car several of the durango kid films. If more info on tex harding’s "singing" becomes available, we’ll add it.

Clark reactivated a crusading character starrett had played in a how to save money fast for a car single earlier 1940 film, THE DURANGO KID. Scripter J. Benton cheney fleshed out the idea of a masked, clad in black, mysterious zorroish avenger for THE RETURN OF THE DURANGO KID. The character was an immediate hit with saturday afternoon youngsters how to save money fast for a car and a decision was made to continue the character, which columbia did for an unprecedented 64 series westerns over how to save money fast for a car the next seven years. Charlie once laughed, "we just stumbled on the idea. It caught on with the boys and girls and the how to save money fast for a car exhibitors kept asking for more of the same."

Starrett once admitted, "smiley and I got off on the wrong foot with how to save money fast for a car each other. About the second picture, smiley came over to me while I was sitting in how to save money fast for a car the shade on location and sat down beside me. I could tell something was on his mind. He said, ‘I understand your pictures aren’t doing too well and I’m here as a shot in the arm.’ well, that didn’t sit very well with me after ten years at how to save money fast for a car the studio, and they had just exercised their option. Things were a little cool after that but it didn’t prevent us from working together. I grew to take smiley in stride and I guess how to save money fast for a car he did the same. As time went on we found it mutually beneficial to how to save money fast for a car work together and I found I could kid with him. If he’d fluff a line, I’d say, ‘smiley, come on, you’re supposed to be a shot in the arm. Get going!’ we were both trying to make a good picture. He was probably his own worst enemy. He was on the defensive a lot of times with how to save money fast for a car people. Smiley worked too hard for smiley. He could be a ‘take charge’ person."

Invariably cast as steve (larkin, warren, clayton, ramsey, whatever — the last name varied), starrett assumed a dual personality as the black masked durango how to save money fast for a car kid, the mere mention of whose name struck terror into the how to save money fast for a car hearts of regular heavies like bob wilke, forrest taylor, jack ingram, george chesebro, zon murray and john cason. The plots were interchangeable, with the scripts (often by prolific barry shipman) placing the emphasis on action instead of logic.

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