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The Lucky Texan -- Jerry Mason (Wayne), a young Texan, and Jake Benson (Hayes), 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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22 January 1934 (USA) See more »
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Where Life Was Raw and Might Was Law! See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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John Wayne ... Jerry Mason
Barbara Sheldon ... Betty Benson
Lloyd Whitlock ... Harris

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Coats ... Henchman (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Judge McGill (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Man at Hearing (uncredited)
John Ince ... Townsman (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Julie Kingdon ... Young Girl (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Deputy (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Prospector (uncredited)
Jack Rockwell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hal Taliaferro ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury 
 
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Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
 
Sound Department
Dave Stoner .... recordist
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
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E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Trem Carr .... vice president in charge of production (uncredited)
 
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55 min
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Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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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Referenced in Blue Steel (1934)See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
One of the Different, Stranger Lone Stars, 18 August 2007
Author: John W Chance (Chance2000esl@yahoo.com) from San Francisco, California

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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