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Blue Steel -- Blue Steel Sheriff Jake sees a man at the safe and then finds the payroll gone. So he trails him. Just as he is about to arrest him, the man saves his life. The two join up and discover that one of the town's leading citizens is trying to take over the area's ranches by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons.


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Release Date:
10 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Carruthers
Eleanor Hunt ... Betty Mason

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Sheriff Jake (as George Hayes)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Malgrove (as Edward Peil)

Yakima Canutt ... Danti - the Polka Dot Bandit
Lafe McKee ... Dan Mason
George Cleveland ... Hank - Innkeeper

Earl Dwire ... Henchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Allen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Silver Tip Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Barney Beasley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Stage Driver with Payroll (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Townsman (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Townsman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Henchman (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud McClure ... Townsman (uncredited)
Art Mix ... (uncredited)
Perry Murdock ... Henchman (uncredited)
George Nash ... The Bridegroom (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury  (as Robert Bradbury)
Writing credits
Robert N. Bradbury (story) (as Robert Bradbury)

Robert N. Bradbury (screen play) (as Robert Bradbury)

Produced by
Robert N. Bradbury .... producer (uncredited)
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Cook .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... recordist (as J.A. Stransky Jr.)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Cox .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Joseph Walters .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Trem Carr .... vice president in charge of production (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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54 min | USA:52 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:A (1935) | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
Continuity: When Carruthers and Sheriff Jake arrive to Yucca City, riding with Malgrove and Danti, Carruthers and Jake ride until the middle of the group. The next shot shows both leaving the horses in the right-hand side of the group.See more »
[a bashful couple approach the hotel desk clerk]
Hank, innkeeper:Just sign Mr. and Mrs. right there. I suppose you folks would like the bridal chamber?
The bridegroom:[smile in embarrassment] How much?
Hank, innkeeper:Well, we always get two dollars for the bridal chamber. You see, it's the best in the house.
[Bridegroom pays]
Hank, innkeeper:And please be as quiet as possible! The man next to you gets up at five.
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The Lone Star Stock Company Rides Again!, 10 November 2003
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"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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