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The Star Packer -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Robert N. Bradbury (story)
Robert N. Bradbury (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1934 (USA) See more »
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He Dared Death In The Outlaw's Lair! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Travers
Verna Hillie ... Anita Matlock

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davie Aldrich ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Frank Ball ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Cleveland ... Jake - Cook (uncredited)
Starlight the Horse ... John's Horse (uncredited)
Arthur Millett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman Pat (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Dave - Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Loco Frank - Henchman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury  (as R.N. Bradbury)
 
Writing credits
Robert N. Bradbury (story) (as R.N. Bradbury)

Robert N. Bradbury (screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
 
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... recordist (as J.A. Stransky Jr.)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Shadow Gang" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
53 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Balsley and Phillips Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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:
Plot holes: Despite the title "The Star Packer", Travers never wears a badge at any time in the film.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"Skookum fun", 16 August 2006
Author: keesha45 from United States

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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