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I agree with the previous reviewer, if you can accept a very silly
premise that a man could look and talk so much like a missing rancher
who's from the town he rides into than you will enjoy Texas Cyclone.
And of course you can see John Wayne in support of another cowboy hero
During this short stint with Columbia Pictures Wayne did two films with Tim McCoy. Both are directed by D. Ross Lederman, both written by William Coit McDonald, and both had a whole lot of the same cast members.
Repeating his role as villain is Wheeler Oakman and John Wayne is once again a cowhand, the only one it turns out who's honest and employed by Tim McCoy's 'widow' played by Sheila Terry. We also have for the first time Walter Brennan and John Wayne working in the same film. Brennan is the sheriff and he's made up to be quite a bit older than he was at the time. This may have been the beginning of all those old codger roles that Brennan played right up to when he was one.
Of course McCoy finds that Oakman is still up to no good just like when he left and he has to deal with all the problems Oakman is causing. With John Wayne's help all things are righted in the end and the reason for McCoy's absence is explained in a very typical movie fashion.
If it wasn't such a silly plot premise, I'd give the film a notch or two higher a rating. It's not bad for a B film and the young Duke is shown to great advantage here.
A classic, innocent western. Fun and, at times, funny. John Wayne as Steve is worth the whole 58 minutes. Tim McCoy over acts like nothing I've ever seen and the whole movie is simply enjoyable. Find it if you can.
Tim McCoy rides into town and everybody starts calling him Jim. It seems he is so similar, that the barman asks him to pretend to be Jim. By doing so he gets all the bad guys against him. When he later goes to Jim's ranch even Jim's wife has a hard time to accept the fact that he is not her husband. He starts administering her ranch, from where a lot of cattle is stolen, and the only cowboy of the ranch that is friendly to him is John Wayne. If you can accept the basic point of this story that two men can be so alike (without being twin brothers), this is an entertaining film, less primitive than most of the westerns of the early thirties. It is interesting to see here how John Wayne had in him all that it took to be a great star.
I had caught this movie on Sony's channel GetTV. I thought it was an extremely entertaining B Western. It does not have the production quality of a post WWII major western but was a lot of fun. It was quite fun to see a young John Wayne and Walter Brennan. I was not familiar with Tim McCoy, but he had a really entertaining persona along with his giant hat. I got a kick out of how the sped up the bar room fight scenes kind of an early version of FX. If you like this one you may also like Two Fisted Law. Both movies are short so great viewing for an afternoon. These are Columbia pictures movies. John Wayne has a somewhat minor role,but one sees how he did have the persona to become a star shortly.
This movie appealed to me cause of the featured cast of John Wayne, who was 25 at the time and Walt Brennan, in makeup, which he used in future roles to his advantage..."Kentucky", when he won an Oscar as a supporting player. The plot was interesting, but not the writing that accompanied it. Imagine a 'strange woman' running over to you and plant a kiss in broad daylight, thinking its her long, lost husband...real stupid. Aside from that, I marveled at the clippety clop of the horses..and it brought to mind those old radio shows when they made the sound of horses running. I can't imagine it being that specific when they run the horses in westerns like that, especially on soft dirt. Have to admit though, it makes the scene more dramatic.
This Tim McCoy movie is well worth seeing due to its cast. Although
today McCoy is pretty much forgotten, the film also features a couple
future stars--John Wayne and Walter Brennan (spelling 'Brenan'
here--and wearing a lot of makeup to make him look much older). Plus,
for fans of old time comedy (such as Mack Sennett and Three Stooges
films) will probably recognize Vernon Dent as the bartender.
McCoy enters a new town and, oddly, everyone seems to know him and keep referring to him as 'Jim'. Apparently, this Jim was a bit of a hero who was loved by many and hated by others--but he died several years ago! Yet, in their eyes, Jim was somehow back from the dead. After talking with the bartender (with whom he develops an instant friendship), McCoy decides to pretend he is Jim to see what develops. However, this plan is sorely tested when he meets Jim's widow--who also thinks he's Jim! Using an old movie cliché, she faints at the sight of him. Soon he strikes up a friendship with John Wayne (who, for once, plays the sidekick role) and, along with some friends from back in Texas, they set out to set things right.
While this is a pretty standard B-western (aside from the cast), it is a nice film to watch simply because the DVD is of such a nice quality. Unlike many of Wayne's early Bs, this one is in nearly pristine condition and even has DVD captions in three languages (including English). In addition, the acting and script is a bit better than you'd normally find in a low-budget western. While the film won't change your life and the whole mistaken identity idea is silly if you think about it, it's well worth seeing if you enjoy the genre...or if you have an hour to spare and want to try one of these old-time films.
By the way, I'd like to explain my score of 7. This is relative to other Bs of the era as well as indicative of its watchability today. for what this is, it's pretty good. Also, if you like this one, McCoy and Wayne also did one other film together--"Two-Fisted Law".
Texas Cyclone (1932)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Texas Grant (Tim McCoy) rides into a small town where he's immediately mistaken for a man named Rawlins who died years earlier. Pretty soon this mistake has people taking shots at his life so Texas must try and find out what happened to Rawlins.
Texas CYCLONE certainly isn't a masterpiece but it's a fairly entertaining "B" Western from the era when it seems like at least two of these were being released each week. This one here benefits from having a very familiar cast, which should keep film buffs glued to the screen.
The film is pretty much what you'd expect from a Western from this era. It clocks in at just a hour and features a rather routine story that leads to our hero being heroic and of course there are some nice shoot outs. The film benefits from McCoy's fine performance, although I must admit his constant "I must look like this fella Rawlins" got annoying. The supporting cast includes a young John Wayne and Walter Brennan as well as Vernon Dent who steals the show as the bartender.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is a Columbia Pictures quickie western starring Tim McCoy as Texas
Grant, who rides into Stampede, Arizona and is mistaken for Tim
Rawlings a rancher who vanished long ago and assumed dead. Even
Rawlings' wife Helen(Shirley Grey)believes she is looking at her
husband. Texas agrees to stick around to help Mrs. Rawlings save her
ranch from cattle rustlers lead by big money man Utah Becker(Wheeler
Oakman). Grant gets rid of the no-good Rawlings ranch hands, but keeps
Steve Pickett(John Wayne)to be his right hand man. Becker and Grant
will butt heads one time too many. Grant will take a knock on the head
and awake discovering the amazing truth about himself.
Other players: Wallace McDonald, Harry Cording, Jim Farley and Walter Brennan stars as Sheriff Collins.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Texas Cyclone" is a Tim McCoy western about mistaken identity. John
Wayne co-starred in two McCoy's oaters as a second-string cowboy. For
the record, this was Wayne's first film with McCoy. Later, he appeared
in "Two-Fisted Law" with McCoy. Altogether, Wayne worked with director
D. Ross Lederman on three horse operas. Before his two co-starring
turns with McCoy, Wayne co-starred with Buck Jones in "The Range Feud"
for Columbia. Wayne's two McCoy sagebrushers were Columbia releases,
too. "Texas Cyclone" emerges as a 1932 version of "The Bourne
Identity." Our hero calls himself Texas Grant, but everybody else hails
him as Jim Rawlins. Predictably, as it turns out, Tex Grant has
suffered such trauma that he doesn't know he isn't Jim Rawlins. D. Ross
Lederman stages an interesting saloon shoot-out between our hero and
the dastardly villain with his camera set high in the rafters above the
two shooters. This is distinctive because everything else is filmed at
Texas Grant (Tim McCoy) rides into the frontier town of Stampede and some gunmen are prepared to shoot it out with him. An obese bartender named Hefty tells Texas to masquerade as Rawlings. Hefty tells Texas how to get to the Diamond R Ranch where Rawlins lived. Texas has to beat some sense into one of his assailants before the hombre capitulates. Sheriff Lew Collins (Walter Brennan of "Red River") makes the same mistake that many other townspeople made. He believes that Tex is Jim Rawlins. When Rawlins's wife Helen (Shirley Guy) lays her eyes on Texas, she believes that she is seeing her long, lost husband Jim. It seems that Jim disappeared five years ago, and Hefty believes he was shot and killed. Texas takes Rawlins's wife inside and meets Katie (Mary Gordon) the housekeeper who makes the same mistake everybody else has made about Texas. She tells Tex in so many words that Helen is running the Diamond R, but Utah Becker (Wheeler Oakman) is rustling her cattle. Furthermore, Katie condemns the lazy, good-for-nothing ranch hands for their lackluster duty. Tex goes to the bunkhouse and fires ranch foreman Jim Lawler (Wallace MacDonald). He meets a cowpoke who doesn't string along with Lawler. This man is Steve Picket (John Wayne) and Tex takes a liking to Steve. Lawler and Tex have a knockdown drag-out fistfight, and Tex licks him. Helen decides go along with the ruse that Tex is Jim, and they fix him up a room in the house to avert suspicion. Later, Becker's men are rustling cattle when Steve spots them, and a shoot-out ensues. The two rustlers exchange gunshots with Steve, and they cease him in the shoulder and knock him off his horse. As the rustlers are hightailing it, Steve kills Web Oliver, while Steve's horse gallops back to the ranch. Tex and Helen find him and Tex leaves Steve in Helen's care. Meanwhile, Tex catches up with Farwell and takes him to Sheriff Collins. Tex and Sheriff Collins concoct a scheme to draw all the inhospitable types with no apparent job but money in their wallets to a lecture by Collins. Meantime, Tex has summoned ten Texas gunslingers to join him. Tex and his friends surprise the undesirables at Sheriff Collins' lecture and Collins compels them to disarm themselves. He orders them to leave Stampede and make a 20 mile hike to the nearest town on foot. Becker swears up and down that Tex isn't Jim, just as Tex has believed all along. Nevertheless, after a brief gunfight in Becker's saloon, a wounded Tex collapses. The next time that we see Tex, he is in bed with Helen tending him. As it turns out, Tex really is Jim and the mystery is resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
"Texas Cyclone" is a rougher than usual B-movie western with comic relief. Quite possibly, this may have been the first time that John Wayne and Walter Brennan co-starred in a western.
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