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The Lucky Texan (1934)

Jerry Mason, a young Texan, and Jake Benson, an old rancher, become partners and strike it rich with a gold mine. They then find their lives complicated by bad guys and a woman.

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When miners Mason and Benson turn in their gold at the assay office, the assay officials trail Benson back to the mine and shoot him. Mason is then arrested for the murder. But the supposedly dead Benson survived and now plans a surprise for the culprits at Mason's trial. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Where Life Was Raw and Might Was Law! See more »

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In October of 1996 when a fire broke out on a late Saturday afternoon in the New York studios of WNBC-TV, a station staffer quickly put a cassette of "Lucky Texan" in the tape player on his way out of the building. The film played on Ch. 4 uninterrupted twice, much to the confusion of viewers. See more »

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One of the Different, Stranger Lone Stars
18 August 2007 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

This one combines some of the usual aspects of the Lone Star films (evil businessmen, blonde (grand) daughter, (twice) falsely arrested for murder) with elements of comedy. Jerry Mason (John Wayne) works with 'Old Timer' Benson (George Hayes) (Hey! Wasn't he the same age as John Wayne?) at a blacksmith shop and then panning for gold with him. The evil assayer and his henchman Joe (Yakima Canutt) conspire to steal the deed to the ranch, but are foiled in a courtroom scene where George Hayes is in drag, 'looking' and speaking like a woman. This was his big star turn. If you want to see him as a vile, vile, villain, check out the clunky serial "The Lost City" (1935). John Wayne and George Hayes share lots of screen time together. If you like that, it's a plus; otherwise, it's a long 55 minutes. And why is Barbara Sheldon shown making strange faces with her head cocked sideways looking in a store window?

For some reason, we get bizarre chase sequences: Mason(actually the Great Yak) riding a tree branch down a tunneled sluice to capture a runaway villain (interesting though very unlikely given the locations); the evil doers escaping down railroad tracks in a motored rail car while being pursued by Mason on horseback and by Benson in an old hand cranked Tin Lizzie that keeps criss crossing the tracks as if they were all in a Keystone Kops or an Our Gang comedy.

I think only one gunshot was fired in the whole movie! The cowboy chases on horseback across wide open spaces shooting back and forth at each other were nowhere to be seen in this Western! Since it was made in 1933, perhaps these stock sequences of later westerns hadn't yet been written in stone. I guess we have to give it an E for effort. It looks, though, like a film made by committee. For me, all these disparate elements did not combine into a coherent film.


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