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The Man from Utah -- 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...
The Man from Utah -- John Weston steps into a fight on the side of the law in a small town but refuses the job of deputy sheriff as he is on his way to deal with a gang who are exploiting a rodeo. There, he enters a horse-riding contest and urged by the outlaws to lose the race to mutual benefit, he sets out to win after removing a needle coated wit deadly snake poison and planted in his saddle.


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Release Date:
15 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Weston
Polly Ann Young ... Marjorie Carter
Anita Campillo ... Dolores (as Anita Compillo)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Spike Barton (as Edward Peil)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Marshal George Higgins (as George Hayes)

Yakima Canutt ... Cheyenne Kent
George Cleveland ... Nevada Sheriff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silver Tip Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)

Earl Dwire ... Rodeo Announcer (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Pendleton Rodeo Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Kent Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Kirk ... John Weston (singing voice) (uncredited)
Bud McClure ... Henchman on Roof (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Judge Carter (uncredited)
Perry Murdock ... Captured Bank Robber (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... 2nd Bank Robber / Kent Henchman (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Rodeo Judge (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Cramer / Henchman (uncredited)
Archie Ricks ... Stage Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury  (as Robert Bradbury)
Writing credits
Lindsley Parsons (story)

Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Cook .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... recordist (as J.A. Stransky Jr.)
Jerry Roberts .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Cox .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Joseph Walters .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard B. Brown .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Norman Spencer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lee Zahler .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
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55 min | USA:52 min (Encore-Westerns Library Print)
Black and White | Color (colorized)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Portugal:M/6 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Continuity: The background behind the rodeo announcer differs depending upon whether it is a long shot or a close shot.See more »
Marshal George Higgins:It seems mighty funny to me that every time this gang organizes a rodeo, their own men win all the first prizes. When it begins to look like an outsider is going to win, he gets sick. Two or three has even died from it.
John Weston:Well, you can't arrest them for that, Marshal.
Marshal George Higgins:No, maybe not. But it's might peculiar that when these outsides fall off them top broncs, they're suffering from snakebite. I tell ya, it just ain't natural.
John Weston:What do you want me to do? Get snake bit?
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Movie Connections:
References West of the Divide (1934)See more »
Sing Me a Song of the WildSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Ridin', Ropin' Cowboy, 22 October 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Forget the guitar-strumming opening. This is Wayne at his youthfully charming best, relaxed and easy-going before the pressures of super-stardom and the booze bottle began to show .This is really a rodeo picture with lots of well-integrated footage of calf-roping, bull-dogging, and more, but no gun-play. (Am I wrong or do some of the pageant paraders look like they just staggered out of a saloon.) The baddies are trying to rip-off the town sponsors of the rodeo and only Wayne and the marshal stand in their way. It's fun watching the cantankerous Gabby character trying to break out from Hayes' serious marshal role. Polly Ann Young (Loretta's sister) with a really big smile makes a fetching love interest-- watch Wayne really plant one on her at fade-out. I don't know, but I thought the girl who played the Mexican Delores had a really phony accent. Then I checked the cast and came to find her movie credits are mostly Spanish language productions! Oh well, maybe she don't speak Spanish so good. Anyway, this is average Lone Star fare, mainly for rodeo fans who like seeing a bull's big neck get stretched or a scrawny little calf get thrown to the ground.

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