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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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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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User Reviews:
"More trouble, more fun." See more (21 total) »

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)

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:
Continuity: 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:
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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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"More trouble, more fun.", 2 October 2004
Author: classicsoncall from United States

Lone Star Productions sure churned them out in the 1930's, and "Star Packer" has the feel of one of the more rushed ones. John Wayne is U.S. Marshal John Travers, investigating a crooked hoodlum known only as "The Shadow", responsible for stealing cattle, stage holdups and the like, and giving orders from behind the door of a phony wall safe. Yakima Canutt is Travers' trusty Indian sidekick, appropriately named as... well, "Yak".

Early on, we find out that Cattlemens Union head Matt Matlock (George pre-Gabby Hayes) is really The Shadow; the dead giveaway is when he offers to buy out his (supposed) niece Anita's half of the Matlock Ranch, since "this is no place for a girl". As Anita, Verna Hillie doesn't have much to do in the film, although in a comic moment, she gets to use a six shooter to blast the butt of one of the villains in a night time scare raid.

There are a few curiosities in the film - for one, Wayne's character alternately rides a white horse and a dark horse in the first half of the film. In what could have been a neat device, a hollowed out tree stump used by a henchman is located right in the middle of the street. And finally, the movie doesn't truly live up to it's name, as Sheriff Travers never wears a badge throughout the film, that is, a star packer without a star.

The horse chases, the runaway stage scenes, the stagecoach off the cliff (another curiosity, the horses conveniently get loose from the stage) are all pretty standard stuff. But John Wayne fans will want to see this one for the charisma he displayed early on in his career. For those more critical, the white kerchiefs worn around the forehead by the good guy posse could only mean that they all had a headache.

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