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The Lucky Texan (1934)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  22 January 1934 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Sheldon ...
Betty Benson
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Jake Benson (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ...
Joe Cole
Eddie Parker ...
Al Miller (as Ed Parker)
Gordon De Main ...
Banker Williams (as Gordon Demaine)
Earl Dwire ...
Sheriff Miller


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 <>

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


Romance | Western


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22 January 1934 (USA)  »

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Gold Strike River  »

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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 »


Featured in Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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One of the best of the Lone Star productions
2 December 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

John Wayne made 16 Westerns for Lone Star productions between 1933 and 1936. Many of them starred some of the same actors, (Wayne, Geo.(Gabby)Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwyer etc.). The Lucky Texan is one of the best I've seen and I've seen nearly all of them. Sure the production techniques are primitive ( lots of jump cuts and zips, poor audio and editing) but these are marks of Bradbury's earlier films and only make these early films more interesting for me. Gabby Hayes is a laugh riot in drag in the courtroom scene and Canutt's "injun Joe" escape (through the open window of the courthouse) had me rolling. I loved this film. I'm glad I bought it.

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