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The Star Packer (1934)

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.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writers:

Robert N. Bradbury (story) (as R.N. Bradbury), Robert N. Bradbury (screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Thomas G. Lingham ... Sheriff Al Davis (as Tom Lingham)
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Storyline

John Travers and his Indian companion Yak are after the mysterious Shadow and his gang. When Sheriff Davis is killed, Travers becomes Sheriff. Catching two gang members, he learns of the room where the gang gets their orders from behind a fake wall safe and makes plans to trap the Shadow. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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He Dared Death In The Outlaw's Lair! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Gang See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paul Malvern Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

It is obvious who the voice of the Shadow belongs to. 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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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

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"Skookum fun"
16 August 2006 | by keesha45See all my reviews

Pretty fair oater from the Duke's early years has some unusual casting. Yakima Canutt has his idea of some "skookum fun" as a good guy for a change from his normal villainous role, and Gabby Hayes plays against type as the bad guy. Canutt's part would seem to be an early model for another famous Indian buddy of a lawman, namely that of "Tonto." (Note also the Duke's horse could pass for "Silver.") As a resident from the same part of Yakima Canutt's home state, I was pleasantly surprised when Wayne as Travers identifies one of the Shadow's gang as a "lifer from Walla Walla" which is the site of Washington's maximum security state prison. Incidentally, Walla Walla is about an hour and a half's drive from Colfax, where Canutt was raised, and whose hometown he shares with Turner Classic Movies' host Robert Osborne. Fellow gangster Loco Frank, shown in the same scene, turns out to be Glenn Strange, who later had a famous role as Kitty's bartender in "Gunsmoke." The action scenes are not particularly outstanding, although the climactic chase scene is very distinctive involving the villain's canoe being chased downriver by the Duke on horseback. Although the title's a misnomer in that the Duke is never seen with a badge, that's the biggest fault in what I'd otherwise heartily recommend for something a bit out of the ordinary in the Duke's apprentice stage of his career. Dale Roloff


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