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The Lucky Texan (1934)

Jerry Mason, a young Texan, and Jake Benson, an old rancher, become partners and strike it rich with a gold mine. They then find their lives complicated by bad guys and a woman.


Robert N. Bradbury


Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Jerry Mason
Barbara Sheldon Barbara Sheldon ... Betty Benson
Lloyd Whitlock ... Harris
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Jake Benson (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ... Joe Cole
Eddie Parker ... Al Miller (as Ed Parker)
Gordon De Main ... Banker Williams (as Gordon Demaine)
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff Miller


When miners Mason and Benson turn in their gold at the assay office, the assay officials trail Benson back to the mine and shoot him. Mason is then arrested for the murder. But the supposedly dead Benson survived and now plans a surprise for the culprits at Mason's trial. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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ACTION ALL THE WAY, A HUNDRED IN A FIGHT FOR GOLD AND A GIRL! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


At the scene of the robbery, the sheriff pronounces the banker dead but later in the film, the suspect is charged with 'attempted murder' and the townsfolk are told that the banker is expected to recover. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Featured in Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Duke Chases the Bad Guys....Repeatedly
27 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

John Wayne and Gabby Hayes strike it rich with a gold mine. Inevitably some villains want to take it from them. This is one of the most interesting of the many B westerns Duke made in the '30s. For one thing, there are surprisingly few gunshots fired in this one. Everyone seems to settle their problems by fisticuffs or by chasing one another. There's a lot of chasing in this one. This leads to some good Yakima Canutt stunts, though.

Also, I'm not sure what era this was supposed to take place in. Lone Star wasn't known for caring about historical accuracy in these cheap B westerns. There were usually shots of telephone poles and the like in the background. In this one we not only have the usual background stuff but we have a Keystone Kops-style climax that features Gabby Hayes driving a car after the bad guys! This western, like the other B's made in the '30s, will seem pretty much like kids stuff today. But there is some fun to be had with it.

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Release Date:

22 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Strike River See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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