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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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Tagline:
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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:
Poverty row western is more of a puzzlement than entertaining... See more (23 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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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: Matlock clambers out of the river completely drenched but his clothes are dry when he steals the canoe. Similarly Travers' clothes are completely dry when he captures Matlock.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Poverty row western is more of a puzzlement than entertaining..., 3 June 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

JOHN WAYNE is slim and lithe as a cowboy who anoints himself sheriff after the bad guys rub too many of the town's citizens out. From then on it's like watching a Hopalong Cassidy movie except this one is from Lone Star and is obviously a poverty row project with a few interesting moments for anyone who stays with it for 53 minutes.

The tree stump idea puzzled me, as did the wall vault which served as the device behind which The Shadow gave orders--and the whole plot is so rushed that there's little time to digest any of the backstory that leads up to the main storyline. A pretty girl is the romantic interest for Wayne but has little to do and GEORGE HAYES is beardless for this one before he grew his trademark stubble.

Actually, the slender story seems like something borrowed from a Zane Grey western--the one where the girl is part owner of a ranch, the bad guy is actually someone she knows but never suspects, and a cowboy with strong capabilities comes along and rescues her when she's in danger.

The covered wagon going over the cliff into water is a neat sight toward the end and some of the stunt work involving riders and horses is on the mark. YAKIMA CANUTT is fun to watch as Wayne's Indian sidekick, a sort of Tonto to Wayne who rides a white horse.

Passes the time quickly, but is clearly John Wayne as an apprentice actor.

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