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The Big Stampede (1932)

Passed | | Western | 8 October 1932 (USA)
Deputy Sheriff John Steele recruits bandit Sonora Joe to help him find out who's been bumping off all the local lawmen and rustling the cattle.

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Sam Crew
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Henchman Arizona
Mae Madison ...
Ginger Malloy
Luis Alberni ...
Sonora Joe
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Sherwood Bailey ...
Pat Malloy
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Cal Brett
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Major Parker (as Joseph Girard)
Duke ...
Duke' - John's Horse
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Both Sam Crew and his gang and Sonora Joe and his men are rustlers after a cattle herd just arriving. John Steele, sent by the Governor, is out to stop them. Greatly outnumbered, Steele's plan is to deputize Sonora and his men to fight the Crew gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A Grande Estirada  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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The horse known as "DUKE" appeared in six films with John Wayne - The Big Stampede (1932); Haunted Gold (1932); Ride Him, Cowboy! (1932); The Telegraph Trail (1932); The Man from Monterey (1933); Somewhere in Sonora (1933). See more »

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Sonora Joe: [Entering a saloon with his vaqueros] Why all this silence? Is this a saloon or somebody she's dead?
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Remade as Land Beyond the Law (1937) See more »

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Good Fun Thanks to the Cast
16 August 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Big Stampede (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Entertaining "B" Western has John Steele (John Wayne) taking over as the sheriff in a small town that has had an issue with local lawmen being murdered. He gets the help of Mexican bandit Sonora Joe (Luis Alberni) and the two try to track down the killer.

THE BIG STAMPEDE is the second of six Westerns that Wayne made while at Warner Bros.. The majority of these films have been forgotten because of what classics he would make throughout the next several decades but those interested in seeing where the legend started should enjoy this for what it is.

Obviously this isn't an Oscar-winner or any sort of ground-breaking film but it works as a small film. The film manages to keep you entertained through the short 54-minute running time thanks in large part to the cast. Wayne actually turns in a pretty decent performance here and especially early on when his character has some sympathy for wanting to take the job being offered. I thought Alberni stole the show in his supporting performance and Noah Beery is also good here. Yeah, Duke, the horse, is here too.

The film contains some nice shoot outs as well as some nice chases, which help keep the thing moving at a nice pace. Fans of Wayne or these early "B" Westerns should be entertained by this.


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