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The Star Packer (1934)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  30 July 1934 (USA)
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A gang working for The Shadow is terrorizing the town. John Travers decides to take on the job of sheriff and do something about it.

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Complete credited cast:
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John Travers
Verna Hillie ...
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Matt Matlock (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ...
Yak
Billy Franey ...
Henchman in the Stump
Eddie Parker ...
Henchman Parker (as Ed Parker)
Earl Dwire ...
Henchman Mason
Thomas G. Lingham ...
Sheriff Al Davis (as Tom Lingham)
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Storyline

John Travers and his Indian companion Yak are after the mysterious Shadow and his gang. When Sheriff Davis is killed, Travers becomes Sheriff. Catching two gang members, he learns of the room where the gang gets their orders from behind a fake wall safe and makes plans to trap the Shadow. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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He fought for justice--and battled for love! He fought for JUSTICE!-- Battled for LOVE! See more »

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Romance | Western

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30 July 1934 (USA)  »

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The Shadow Gang  »

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(Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Matlock ranch-house is the same house as Juanita's house in The Desert Trail (1935) and as Malgrove's house in Blue Steel (1934). See more »

Goofs

Travers rides from town to recover the saddlebags riding a grey horse, and swaps horses with Yak for a bay or chestnut one. Yet the two men who follow him make no comment about this obvious change. See more »

Quotes

U.S. Marshal John Travers: Whaddya find out?
Yak: Two men gonna hold up stage - Coyote Canyon. Much money on stage.
U.S. Marshal John Travers: Well, it looks like we're going to have our hands full.
Yak: More trouble - more fun!
U.S. Marshal John Travers: That's one way to look at it.
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Yak gets to say "Ug"
21 November 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Definitely the best of Wayne's early films, although the acting and production values were of the usual standard the plot was far more cohesive and watchable. Almost believable, too! The Lone Star Saloon in Lone Star Town also had a good part in this one.

It's pretty obvious who the baddie will turn out to be (yet again!) - you can almost hear the boos from the kids in the audience from the mid-'30's when he makes his appearance, again as a beardless two-faced sidewinder. I assume here that unlike nowadays kids back then knew the difference between good guys and bad guys and right and wrong. Yak is Tonto in here, Wayne is as dashing as always, the chases and ambushes are everything to be desired. However, I can't actually remember now Wayne actually packing a Star, if he did he didn't make the same song and dance about it as he did in Rio Bravo! And everything is corny, contrived and creaky - but I love it just the same.

As far as I'm concerned it's a very pleasant way to fill an hour. If you forced yourself to watch Star Packer and found it dreadful you certainly won't like any of Wayne's other films for Lone Star.


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