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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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10 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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)
 
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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.)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Trem Carr .... vice president in charge of production (uncredited)
 
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54 min | USA:52 min
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Certification:
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 »
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Anachronisms: About 45 minutes in as Carruthers and the Sheriff are leaving with the wagon, power line towers are visible in he background.See more »
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John Carruthers:I'm glad you decided to drift along with me. It's kind of lonesome trailing alone.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Head 'em off at the Pass, 1 June 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

What a wacky opening scene. The thunderstorm's got to be the loudest on record-- and why is Wayne sneaking into the hotel lobby. I guess he doesn't want to pay for a room. Then there are the newly-weds right out of the aw' shucks school of acting. And most curiously of all-- how did they get the groom's"I couldn't find it" snippet past the public watchdogs. This amounts to an astonishing innuendo, and no doubt one for the boys-- in the movie, that is. Probably there are more than a few audience 10-year old's still puzzling over that one. In all likelihood, it was someone's private joke that made it to the screen on a bet.

Lone Star popped for some great location photography. The boys get to ride around the Alabama Hills with the scenic Southern Sierras in the background. The story doesn't make a lot of sense, but who cares, especially when the canyon explodes in a really great effect worthy of an A production. Also, some good crowd scenes of ordinary looking people. When they talk about getting forced off their homesteads, I expect more than a few folks in 1934 wished they had a Wayne on their side.

As others point out, this looks like an early stage in the evolution of Hayes' unforgettable "Gabby" character. He's not called that, still the crusty old coot is definitely coming out. How delightful the Gabby-Wayne pairing proved over the years, especially in their masterpiece Tall in the Saddle. Wayne always seems genuinely amused by the ornery Gabby. Watch some of his reactions here. Those broad grins are not acting.

Great final shot that still brings a tear to the eye.

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