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The Man from Utah (1934)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Romance  |  15 May 1934 (USA)
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In a horse-riding rodeo contest bad guys want John Weston to lose. When he doesn't go along they add some insurance: a poisoned needle just under his saddle.

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Polly Ann Young ...
Anita Campillo ...
Dolores (as Anita Compillo)
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Spike Barton (as Edward Peil)
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Marshal George Higgins (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ...
George Cleveland ...
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The Marshal sends John Weston to a rodeo to see if he can find out who is killing the rodeo riders who are about to win the prize money. Barton has organized the rodeo and plans to leave with all the prize money put up by the townspeople. When it appears that Weston will beat Barton's rider, he has his men prepare the same fate for him that befell the other riders. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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WHIRLING ROPES AND SNARLING GUNS IN THE GALLOPING GRIP OF A GLAMOROUS DRAMA! (original-release poster - all caps) See more »


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15 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem de Utah  »

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| (Encore-Westerns Library Print)

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Goofs

During the carriage ride, you can clearly see telephone/electrical poles on the road. These were not around in the old west. See more »

Quotes

John Weston: Before I could get either one to spill anything, the whole gang jumped me... and I had to carve myself a fast walking stick.
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Remade as Frontier Town (1938) See more »

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Sing Me a Song of the Wild
(uncredited)
Sung by John Wayne (dubbed by Jack Kirk) in the opening scene
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The Rodeo Racket
30 April 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this low budget oater from Monogram we've got John Wayne helping U.S. Marshal Gabby Hayes bring down some bank robbers in the very act of same. Gabby liked the way young man handled himself so he takes him on as an undercover agent to smash a rodeo racket.

You heard it folks, a rodeo racket. This bunch comes to a given town sets up a rodeo, take in bets from the locals on their best cowboys and the gang's cowboys always seem to win by hook or deadly crook. They also do a few other things on the side like bank robbery, rustling, your usual western crimes.

They've also got a unique way of dispatching competition into eternity which I won't get into. The Duke was lucky to discover what they had in store for him. I will say that modern forensic science would have had the mystery solved.

This was one of those films where they tried to make John Wayne a singing cowboy. The film begins with him on a white horse, strumming a guitar, singing some forgettable ballad. Some Nelson Eddy wannabe's voice is dubbed in and you know it isn't Wayne. It's so bad that even audiences in 1934 would have known this wasn't John Wayne, And this was before he became JOHN WAYNE.


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