Carl Krusada (aka Val Cleveland) was credited with the screenplay for this typically inferior Jack Randall oater from Poverty Row company Monogram. In reality, the story of a drifter helping a sheriff catch a gang of smugglers was as old as the hills of Chatsworth, CA, where The Kid From Santa Fe was filmed in little under a week. Appointed deputy sheriff by Sheriff Holt (Forrest Taylor), the Santa Fe Kid (Randall) is soon framed in the murder of Kent (George Chesebro), one of the outlaws. Escaping from jail courtesy of the sheriff's lovesick daughter (Clarene Curtis), the Kid is trailed by Millie (Claire Rochelle), Kent's girlfriend who succeeds in knocking him into the river. Presumed to have drowned, the Kid returns to town very much alive and ready to track down the real killer, Bill Stewart (Tom London), the murdered man's partner. Randall, who was nearing the end of his four-year Western sojourn, was the brother of popular B-Western star Robert Livingston.
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