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Rough Riders of Durango (1951)

Marshal "Rocky" Lane (Allan Lane) comes to the aid of Sheriff Bill Walters (Ross Ford) who is having a hard time trying to save the local farmers and ranchers from raids and hi-jackings. ... See full summary »


Fred C. Brannon




Complete credited cast:
Allan Lane ... Rocky Lane (as Allan 'Rocky' Lane)
Black Jack Black Jack ... Rocky's Stallion
Walter Baldwin ... Cricket Adams
Aline Towne ... Janis Adams
Steve Darrell ... John Blake
Ross Ford ... Sheriff Bill Walters
Denver Pyle ... Lacey - Henchman
Stuart Randall ... Jed - Henchman
Hal Price ... Johnson - Durango Banker
Tom London ... Evans - Rancher
Russ Whiteman Russ Whiteman ... Jim Carter
Dale Van Sickel ... Willis - Henchman


Marshal "Rocky" Lane (Allan Lane) comes to the aid of Sheriff Bill Walters (Ross Ford) who is having a hard time trying to save the local farmers and ranchers from raids and hi-jackings. With Banker Johnson (Hal Price) about to foreclose on all their ranches and farms, the sheriff arranges for them to get a $40,000 advance on their next grain shipment so that they can pay off their notes at the bank. But the town's supposedly honest and harmless harness maker, John Blake (Steve Darrell), who is the brains behind the gang, has the messenger, Jim Carter (Russ Whiteman killed and the money stolen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Western


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Release Date:

30 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhante Solitário See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Rocky Lane arrived in town and filled Sheriff Walters in on how his money pouch was stolen, they watch as Cricket Adams goes into a store across the street from the jail. The sheriff states that they could go out to Cricket's farm to look for the strongbox that the outlaws probably hid there. However Rocky was a stranger to Durango and didn't know any of it's residents, while the sheriff couldn't know Rocky was referring to Cricket's farm. See more »


Henchman Jed: He knows you're workin' with the sheriff.
'Rocky' Lane: I'm not workin' with him - just workin'.
Henchman Jed: You seem mighty friendly.
'Rocky' Lane: Well, for $40,000 I'll even seem friendly with you.
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Cricket Is No Nugget
16 September 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

This action-packed Rocky Lane oater is a good one with one flaw, Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller) is missing. And though Cricket Adams (Walter Baldwin) has some humorous lines, his continual griping and cantankerousness becomes grating after awhile. In pre-Nugget Clark days, veteran character actor Tom London was a suitable Nugget Clark type for Rocky. Too bad he wasn't used this time.

The story by M. Coates Webster is not as cliché-ridden as many of the B western scripts of the day. Rocky, undercover as usual, seeks to find those who killed his friend and who are behind a rash of robberies in the vicinity (Durango is not mentioned). The sheriff, Bill Walters (Ross Ford), has his hands full since the ranchers stand to lose their land if the money to pay their bank mortgages doesn't make it through. Cricket Adams is against the sheriff but his niece, Janis (Aline Towne), is in love with the lawman. Rocky shows up to help the sheriff and in the process persuades Cricket to favor the budding romance between the sheriff and Janis Adams. The plot centers on $40,000 being hidden in a feed sack amidst numerous others in Cricket's barn with both the outlaws and Rocky trying to determine which sack contains the stolen money.

There is plenty of action and fancy stunt work to entertain the fans with a protracted fisticuffs near the end between Rocky and the boss outlaw, John Blake (Steve Darrell). Republic was adept at showing the cowboy stars at their best when riding in pursuit of the bad guys. Rocky astride his stallion, Black Jack, chasing the outlaws was always a high point of the Allan Rocky Lane features.

Rocky had a nervous habit of pulling at his gloves. Whether this was intended by the director is unknown. But it didn't subtract from his popular appeal at the box office. "Rough Riders of Durango" is one of Rocky's best outings.

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