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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.
The Lucky Texan -- After blacksmith Jerry Mason (John Wayne) returns home upon finishing college back east, he forms a partnership with cantankerous rancher Jake Benson (George "Gabby" Hayes). Things look good for the partners when they find a gold mine -- until two crooked assayers (Lloyd Whitlock, Yakima Canutt) try to swindle them.


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22 January 1934 (USA) See more »
Where Life Was Raw and Might Was Law! See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Wally Howe ... Townsman with News (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 
Writing credits
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
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunt double (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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55 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

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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Two Stories for the Price of One, 8 June 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Looks like our friends at Lone Star put this one together on the fly. It's like they've got two plots going at the same time, and then decide to drop the one with bank robber Al (Eddie Parker) in favor of the other with Jake (Hayes) and his daughter (Sheldon). Nonetheless, there are some entertaining touches. The street fight with Wayne and Parker is especially energetic, two young guys in tip-top shape and well matched. I guess producers decided we Front Row kids had seen enough hard riding, so instead there's that nifty 3-way chase pitting horse against flivver against rail-car. The latter two are faster, but then the horse can go anywhere and we know who's got the horse. And is that Hayes actually duking it out with the bad guy. We only see the back of his head, at a time when the one-and-only Hayes was already pushing 50. Then there's that headlong slide down the sluice chute that looks like an Old West version of an E-ride at Disneyland. And what kid wouldn't have given his proverbial i- teeth to have been along on that one.

One reason I still like these Lone Star oaters is because of the young Wayne. Note how loose and relaxed he is; he's having fun out there in LA's outskirts with all his buddies in the crew and cast. He's just perfect for these matinée specials. But pity poor Barbara Sheldon as Betty. Director Bradbury has his hands full with the guys and the script, so here she is floundering around, doing her best, but looking like a confused puppy. Sadly, it appears she quit the business following this movie's wrap-up. No, this is not top-rank Lone Star, but then it's not every entry where we get to see knobby-knee Hayes in drag and his underwear. So there are compensations.

In passing—note how the assayer in his office quotes Hayes a price of $16 an ounce for gold. That was the price in 1933, and the trouble is it stayed at that price for the next 40 or so years because of gov't fiat. At the same time, the costs of mining gold were rising yearly. So the industry went into eclipse and that's why the metal that had so much to do with opening the West fell off the public's radar screen for so many years following WWII. Ironic.

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