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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:
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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User Reviews:
One of the best of Wayne's early "B" westerns 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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of Wayne's early "B" westerns, 17 June 1999
Author: Brian J. Smith from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

As "B' westerns go for this period, this one isn't bad. In fact, in my opinion, it's one of the best of John Wayne's early "B" westerns. It has all of the right ingredients to make this an enjoyable hour.

First and foremost it has Yakima Canutt just emerging at this time as one of the premier stunt men, performing many of his landmark stunts. There are horse falls, saving the runaway stage, a wagon going over that ever present cliff and a bang up fight scene between Wayne's character and one of the bad guys.

Canutt also has a part in the picture and is a hoot as Wayne's faithful Indian companion "Yak". Wayne himself is better than usual for this time as an undercover government agent. Also. a clean shaven George (pre-Gabby) Hayes appears as the chief villain.

Another oddity for "B" westerns of this time, is that the hero ends up married to the heroine and has a son at the end of the film (no kissing though).

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