Durango Kid - The Kid From Broken Gun (1952)
The 1952 Columbia Pictures film "The Kid From Broken Gun" features an unusual prop coin
with a strange legend.
in a dual role as a law-abiding man and as the outlaw Durango Kid, who always wore black.
Smiley Burnette played the Charles' comical partner.
Music was provided by various country and western groups, including some well-known ones like
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
The prop coin appears in both films.
Jock is being tried for murdering an assistant to a local businessman.
2. Charles and Smiley visit Jock in jail
One of the businessman's associate is Gail Kingston, a lady lawyer .
Jock becomes friends with her and saves her from an assault by another employee.
That employee is later found dead and Jock is accused of killing him. Gail defends Jock in court.
Jock tells Charles his story about working for a businessman who had a strong box of gold coins.
At one point Durango gets into the businessman's office.
3. The Durango Kid raids the office
The Durango Kid finds a coin on the floor.
4. The Spanish gold coin, played by a prop coin
The prop coin has a man facing left, and the legend:
DEUS VALOR PATRIA / MANDORA / LORENZO REX.
It appears to be around the size of a United States fifty-cent coin.
I can not find any example of this coin or token.
5. Another view of the prop coin
Part of the story involves an old prospector, Cimarron Dobbs (no relation to Fred C. Dobbs)
who found a treasure chest full of gold Spanish coins.
The money had been left by the Mexican general Santa Anna during his retreat from Texas.
6. The prospector finds the treasure
The Treasure Chest looks like one used in pirate films.
7. The prospector shows a coin to a saloon girl
Some crooks observe, and kidnap the prospector, and get some of the gold,
which is put into a bank strong box.
8. The gang examines the bank strong box
The lady lawyer is revealed to be part of the gang.
At some point the prospector disappears.
businessman and Gail to confess their parts in the crimes.
9. The Durango Kid holds court
The real killer turns out to be the lady lawyer.
The film ends with Jock vowing to Charles and Smiley that he will not fool around with women
any more, then leaves to follow a pretty blonde girl.
Charles Starrett as Steve Reynolds and The Durango Kid
Smiley Burnette as Smiley Burnette
Jock Mahoney as Jack Mahoney
Angela Stevens as Gail Kingston
Helen Mowery as Dixie King
Emmett Lynn as Cimarron Dobbs (the prospector)
Writers: Barry Shipman, Ed Earl Repp