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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 and 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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Additional Details

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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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Carruthers jumps into the river, there is a bridge in the background.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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Movie Connections:
References The Lucky Texan (1934)See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"You can expect him anywhere there's money.", 1 December 2004
Author: classicsoncall from United States

What's the best way for a bandit to maintain a low profile? How about making noise while robbing a safe, leaving behind an identifying spur, and wearing a polka dot neckerchief. Yakima Canutt is Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit in this 1934 Lone Star Western, but the gimmick is not fully carried out in the film. The central plot involves an unscrupulous town boss Malgrove (Edward Piel Sr.) who schemes to buy out all the local ranchers because of gold discovered in the topsoil (?).

John Wayne portrays U.S. Marshal John Carruthers, and he aids a suspicious Sheriff Jake Withers (George pre "Gabby" Hayes), who seems to regularly uncover evidence pointing to Carruthers as the Polka Dot Bandit. Eleanor Hunt is Betty Mason, the romantic interest in the film, who brings to the screen a wide eyed silent film appearance.

For fans of B Westerns, there's a lot to study in "Blue Steel"; for starters, it's interesting to see Wayne's character shoot directly into a crowd to knock a gun out of the hand of bad guy Canutt. This technique is used as late as the 1950's in a number of the Lone Ranger TV shows.

In another scene, two baddies attempt to get the drop on Wayne's character. As he escapes into a lofty barn, he uses a lasso to scoop up one of his antagonists, but the roped victim never cries out to his partner for help. Similarly, as he engages the other in a fist fight, both remain silent throughout the encounter.

Director Robert North Bradbury makes use of an interesting film technique where he fast forwards the motion during an action scene, usually involving riders on horseback in a non threatening sequence. It's effectively done and is also used by director Harry Fraser in some of his Wayne Lone Star films such as "Randy Rides Alone".

Pay close attention during a chase scene as the bad guy posse pursues Miss Betty on horseback; when hit by a shot she falls to the ground seemingly unconscious, and as she lands she ever so slightly uses her leg to shift position. Within seconds she's scooped up by the vigilant Marshal aboard Gabby's buckboard, and then she miraculously climbs aboard her own horse to once again gallop away - what a gal!

By the time it's ready to wrap things up, Marshal Carruthers and Sheriff Jake lie in wait, six guns trained on sticks of dynamite planted in the side of a rock face. As the bad guys make their way into the pass, their fate is sealed under tons of tumbling mountainside.

As in so many of John Wayne's Westerns of this era, his character gets the girl without even trying. The scene fades with the marshal and his future bride riding off into the sunset, until it's time to do it all over again in at least another dozen or so Lone Star films.

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