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Paradise Canyon (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 20 July 1935 (USA)
Sent to find counterfeiters, John Wyatt joins Doc Carter's medicine show. They arrive in the town where Curly Joe runs his counterfeiting operation. Carter was once framed by Curly Joe and ... See full summary »

Director:

Carl Pierson (as Carl L. Pierson)

Writers:

Lindsley Parsons (story), Robert Emmett Tansey (screen play) (as Robert Emmett)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Wyatt - Posing as John Rogers
Marion Burns ... Linda Carter - aka Princess Natasha
Reed Howes ... Red - Henchman
Earle Hodgins ... Doc Carter
Gino Corrado ... Rurales Captain
Yakima Canutt ... Curly Joe Gale
Perry Murdock Perry Murdock ... Ike
Gordon Clifford Gordon Clifford ... Mike
Henry Hall ... Colonel Peters
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Sent to find counterfeiters, John Wyatt joins Doc Carter's medicine show. They arrive in the town where Curly Joe runs his counterfeiting operation. Carter was once framed by Curly Joe and Curly Joe tries to get rid of him. But John foils his attempts and learning Curly Joe is the counterfeiter, goes after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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WHERE LIFE WAS RAW AND MIGHT WAS LAW! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns Along the Trail See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Snap Those Old Suspenders Once Again
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Even confirmed John Wayne fans should steer clear of this one.
8 August 2018 | by JamesHitchcockSee all my reviews

John Wyatt is a government agent tasked with investigating the activities of a counterfeiting gang operating near the US/Mexican border. In the course of his investigations, Wyatt gets caught up with Doc Carter's travelling medicine show. Although Doc is an obvious fraud the film treats him as a lovable rogue, much less of a threat to society than the counterfeiters. Doc's attractive daughter Linda provides Wyatt's love interest. (Yes, Linda Carter. I thought of "Wonder Woman" too, even though that actress spelt her first name "Lynda").

The date at which the action takes place is never made clear. Wyatt wears standard cowboy gear suggesting a traditional late nineteenth century setting, but Doc travels round in a motor vehicle, the design of which suggests a date of at least 1920, as do the clothes worn by some of the other characters, especially Linda. My theory is that the action is supposed to take place during Prohibition and that Doc's supposed "medicine" (which we learn is 90% alcohol) is really only a ruse to get around the Volstead Act.

This was one of many cheaply-made "Poverty Row" Westerns made by John Wayne in the years before he found stardom in "Stagecoach". Few of these were any good, and "Paradise Canyon" is not one of the exceptions. Apart from Wayne, the only well-known member of the cast is Yakima Canutt as the chief villain, and he was better known as a professional stunt man than as an actor. Wayne's acting is poor, giving little hint of the major star he was soon to become, and none of the other actors are any better. The plot is trite, the dialogue often ludicrous, the action scenes unconvincing and the fight scenes (a common fault on Poverty Row) badly choreographed with obviously pulled punches. Even confirmed John Wayne fans should steer clear of this movie. Or perhaps I should say, especially confirmed John Wayne fans should steer clear of this movie. Unless they want their illusions about their idol to be shattered. 3/10


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