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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.

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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 thrills in a fight for GOLD and a GIRL! See more »

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Romance | Western

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in Detroit Saturday 5 February 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Syracuse Sunday 22 May 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Cincinnati Friday 29 July 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Wednesday 21 September 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and Saturday 18 February 1950 on KECA (Channel 7) and in New York City Monday 14 August 1950 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »

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One of the Best of Wayne's Lone Star Westerns
26 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Lucky Texan" is one of a series of Lone Star westerns made by Wayne between 1933-35. This one is a cut above the average. The plot involves Wayne and his partner (George Hayes) finding gold and the efforts of baddies Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt to cheat them out of it.

This film contains a couple of oddities for a series western. Firstly, while pursuing one of the bad guys on horseback, Wayne actually misses tackling him off of his horse and lands at the bottom of a ravine. But fear not. A large downward sloping sluce just happens to be nearby and the Duke grabs a tree branch, mounts it and slides down the sluce in time to leap up a tree and jump the fleeing villain. Secondly, the final chase sequence is also interesting in that the baddies are escaping in an old railway utility car and are pursued by Hayes in a vintage auto which criss crosses the tracks Keystone Cops style with the villains, and of course by Wayne on horseback.

It is also noteworthy that Hayes, who played many different characters in this series, plays Jake Benson very close to his eventual "Gabby" character, which he had not fully developed at this time. The series also benefited from the stunt work of Yakima Canutt who can be clearly seen doubling for Wayne and others in this entry.


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