Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid (1953)

TV Movie   |  Unrated   |    |  Western

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This Pilot was about the Adventures of the "Tucson Kid", an insurance investigator who travels to any town where a suspicious insurance claim has appeared.


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5 January 2016 | morrisonhimself
| Excellent cast in low-budget TV pilot
You will want to see this for the cast, including two of the best cowboy stars, Tom Keene and Tom Tyler, and three of the best villains, Lyle Talbot, Kenne Duncan, and Bud Osborne, and two others of talent but of whom I had not heard, villain Don Nagel and "desert rat" Harvey B. Dunn.

Since this was a pilot, one can suppose if it had sold there would have been better plot development in the future.

For a low-budget TV pilot, the production values are pretty good, but there are two problems: Tom Tyler was already in the throes of his ultimately fatal health problems and Tom Keene was looking somewhat past his prime, but only somewhat.

Again, I think if the pilot had sold, the very talented actors would have looked better and the scripts would be better and more detailed.

Tom Keene, even this late in his career, was always a very pleasant character, and a good cowboy. I need a lot of research to understand why he wasn't a huge star. He really deserved to be.

In sum, watch this for the nostalgia, I guess, and for the history, since the four cowboys (Keene, Tyler, Osborne, Duncan) are so much part and parcel of the Hollywood West and western.

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