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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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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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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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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

The countryside changes markedly in shots when the wagon goes into the river. The wagon is seen on a flat road in a valley and then the next shot shows it on a road on a steep hill beside a river. See more »

Quotes

Henchman: Who's that comin'?
Matt Matlock: It's that fool girl. Stop her! Take her to the hideout!
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"Skookum fun"
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty fair oater from the Duke's early years has some unusual casting. Yakima Canutt has his idea of some "skookum fun" as a good guy for a change from his normal villainous role, and Gabby Hayes plays against type as the bad guy. Canutt's part would seem to be an early model for another famous Indian buddy of a lawman, namely that of "Tonto." (Note also the Duke's horse could pass for "Silver.") As a resident from the same part of Yakima Canutt's home state, I was pleasantly surprised when Wayne as Travers identifies one of the Shadow's gang as a "lifer from Walla Walla" which is the site of Washington's maximum security state prison. Incidentally, Walla Walla is about an hour and a half's drive from Colfax, where Canutt was raised, and whose hometown he shares with Turner Classic Movies' host Robert Osborne. Fellow gangster Loco Frank, shown in the same scene, turns out to be Glenn Strange, who later had a famous role as Kitty's bartender in "Gunsmoke." The action scenes are not particularly outstanding, although the climactic chase scene is very distinctive involving the villain's canoe being chased downriver by the Duke on horseback. Although the title's a misnomer in that the Duke is never seen with a badge, that's the biggest fault in what I'd otherwise heartily recommend for something a bit out of the ordinary in the Duke's apprentice stage of his career. Dale Roloff


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