When Border Patrol Lieut. Roberts is killed, it appears that his brother Tim was the killer. To clear the Robert's name for his boss, Lieut. Rocky Lane heads south of the border posing as ... See full summary »
| Rocky Lane's "Denver Kid" in a Stylish One-hour Western Adventure
"The Denver Kid" is a strong and riveting B-western that everyone in the production should have been very proud of. The story about a lawman going undercover to get the goods on a badman is a familiar idea, but this Republic Studio entry sparkles in it's imaginative and richly-appointed presentation. Rocky Lane goes undercover to a dangerous, well-acknowledged gang-controlled town on the other side of the "border" where all but one or two of its' citizens are not law breaking fugitives of the first order. The story is attention-holding, even if only perhaps somewhat plausible, and is told with energy and with all production details admirably respected. There is action in this one, as one would expect from a Rocky Lane adventure. but it is really presented in the cause of moving the story ever forward, not just because action must be had. The story is supreme in this film and the cast members convey their respect for it through their energetic and professional interpretations. Even Rocky's horse Black Jack gives a performance that will long be remembered and admired.
The film's opening music-- complex, stirring, and mood-setting-- introduces a sequence of beautiful and artistically composed outdoor scenes in the film's first minute or two, serving as a prompt for the viewer to prepare for a late 1940's B-western experience that is a cut above the norm. Be aware, however, that there are a couple of brutal events portrayed in the film which really remind us that this is not just a juvenile-targeted B-western romp, but rather a serious treatment of a grim-premised adventure movie. All Rocky Lane fans and most western movie fans will find this one a wholly worthy motion picture.