November 30, 2011
Jim Bannon by Bill Black
I love old movies and constantly watch TCM to catch rare gems from Hollywood’s past. Lately actor JIM BANNON has been turning up in various noir films (I LOVE A MYSTERY). I met Bannon at a Western film festival in the mid-1970’s. Where I remembered him from my childhood was co-starring in a few WHIP WILSON B Westerns. But he also was featured in a couple of Charles Starrett’s DURANGO KID entries. Jim was told that I was a big Starrett fan so he offered to sell me one of Starrett’s shirts from the series. Bannon had doubled for Charlie as “Steve” and had left Columbia with a “Steve” shirt. I looked closely and he was indeed wearing that very shirt as he spoke to me. Yes, film fans, Bannon was trying to sell me the shirt off his back! I think about that every time I watch a chapter from Jim’s starring vehicle, DANGERS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTED.