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Blue Steel (1934)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  1934 (USA)
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U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.

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Eleanor Hunt ...
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Sheriff Jake (as George Hayes)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Malgrove (as Edward Peil)
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Danti - the Polka Dot Bandit
Lafe McKee ...
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Earl Dwire ...
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When Sheriff Jake sees a man at the safe and then finds the payroll gone, he trails him. Just as he is about to arrest him, the man saves his life. Still suspicious, he joins up with the man and later they learn that Melgrove, the towns leading citizen, is trying to take over the area's ranches by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons. With the ranchers about to sell to Melgrove, the two newcomers say they will bring in provisions. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Malgrove's house is the same house as Juanita's house in The Desert Trail (1935) and as the Matlock ranch-house in The Star Packer (1934). See more »

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When Carruthers jumps into the river, there is a bridge in the background. See more »

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[the bridegroom returns to the front desk]
Hank, innkeeper: Well, speak up, young man. What is it?
The bridegroom: I can't find it.
Hank, innkeeper: You can't?
The bridegroom: Nope.
Hank, innkeeper: Well, whatever have you lost?
The bridegroom: I ain't lost nothin'!
Hank, innkeeper: Well, what in the world is it you can't find?
The bridegroom: Well, ah, you see its, ah...
[giggles]
[...]
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The Lone Star Stock Company Rides Again!
10 November 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Blue Steel" is one of a series of "B" westerns made by John Wayne in the 1933-35 period. As with most entries in the series, these Lone Star productions had a stock company all their own.

Robert N. Bradbury (father of Bob Steele) directed most of them. The supporting cast usually consisted of George "Gabby" Hayes, Earl Dwire and Yakima Canutt playing various roles. A definite asset to the series was Canutt who doubled Wayne and perfected many of his legendary stunts in these films. Unfortunately, he also "acted" in many of them.

This one starts out amid a driving rain storm. John Carruthers (Wayne) seeks shelter by sneaking into a hotel run by a sleeping Hank (George Cleveland). Also seeking shelter is Sheriff Jake (Hayes) who is after The Polka Dot Bandit. As luck would have it, the bandit (Canutt) robs the safe while everyone is sleeping and Jake sees Carruthers going through the safe after the bandit escaped and thus blames him for the robbery.

Jake trails Carruthers to a cabin and is about to arrest him when they hear shots. Now it seems town boss Malgrove (Edward Piel) and his gang are preventing supplies and ammunition from reaching town. Betty Mason (Elinor Hunt) and her father (Lafe Mckee) are attempting to bring in the latest shipment when they are ambushed and the father is killed. Carruthers and Jake rescue Betty and bring her to town where it seems Malgrove has taken a special interest in her.

Well, needless to say, Carruthers sorts things all out by the final fade out and everyone except the bad guys, lives happily ever after.

Wayne was still honing his skills at this time and it shows at times, but he was getting better with each picture. Hayes played a number of roles in this series from villain to father of the heroine to sidekick to lawman. He had not yet arrived at his "Gabby" character although Sheriff Jake was pretty close. Earl Dwire has a minor role as one of Piel's henchmen.


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