Jun 26, 2018
Charles Starrett: Pre-War Bulge
In 1935 he became a contract player for Columbia, generally a singing cowboy like Roy Rogers, with a backup group, Sons of the Pioneers.
He introduced the character of The Durango Kid in 1940, and began playing him regularly in 1945, churned out over 60 features during the next seven years.
In 1952 he retired from acting, and spent the rest of his life traveling as a goodwill ambassador for his grandfather's tool company. He lived in Laguna Beach during the summer, and Borrego Springs during the winter. In his later years, he often appeared at fan conventions.
He was married to Mary McKinnon from 1927 until his death, and had two children. Probably heterosexual, but several gay connections:
2. Check out this scene from The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). Starrett's character is whipped by the villain.
You won't see a bulge like that on film again for 30 years.