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The Star Packer (1934)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 30 July 1934 (USA)
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 fought for justice--and battled for love! He fought for JUSTICE!-- Battled for LOVE! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial telecasts in Syracuse Tuesday 8 March 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Detroit Saturday 26 March 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Wednesday 14 September 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and Sunday 18 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Monday 26 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

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

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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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Poverty row western is more of a puzzlement than entertaining...
3 June 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

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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