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Lucky Terror (1936)

A sharpshooter in a traveling sideshow is falsely accused of murdering a local miner.


Alan James


Alan James (screenplay), Roger Allman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Hoot Gibson ... Lucky 'The Lucky Terror' Carson
Charles Hill Charles Hill ... Doc Haliday
Lona Andre ... Ann Thornton aka Madame Fatima
George Chesebro ... Jim Thornton
Robert McKenzie ... Sheriff Hodges
Jack Rockwell ... Bat Moulton
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Tony Giribaldi
Charles King ... Wheeler
Horace B. Carpenter ... Prosecutor (as Horace Carpenter)


Lucky Carson is riding through the snow-covered mountains when he sees Bat Moulton and his gang chasing Jim Thornton. Since it's none of his business Lucky hides behind a boulder to avoid being involved. (Unlike most B-western heroes, those played by Hoot Gibson often not only avoided trouble that wasn't theirs, they often avoided trouble when it was directed at them.) But Thornton has doubled back and pulls a gun on Lucky with the intent of stealing Lucky's untired horse. But the frightened horse rears,dashes over a cliff and takes Thornton with him. Lucky goes through Thornton's saddle bags, finds gold in them and realizes why Moulton's men were chasing the late departed Thornton. Hiding the bags at the foot of a mountain, Lucky (on Thornton's now-rested horse) rides on and comes across a Medicine Show ran by Doc Haliday. He hooks on as a sharpshooter and meets entertainer Ann Thornton, the dead man's niece. Moulton and his men ride up and inform Ann that they have taken possession ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A NEW ACTION CLASSIC! (original print ad-all caps)


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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Friday 13 December 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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don't downgrade this due to it's age
25 April 2003 | by KDWmsSee all my reviews

In addition to deserving the "western" moniker, this film has that plentiful 20s and 30s kind of humor which appeals to me. Hoot's role is as Lucky Carson, who, at the outset, gets involved in the chase of miner Jim Thornton by Bat Molton and his buddies, who seek the gold which Jim has in his saddlebags. As Jim is swapping a few things to look like Lucky, thereby increasing Jim's chance to elude his pursuers, Jim accidentally falls to his death. Lucky discovers - and hides - the dust, then meets up with a medicine show, which he joins in the capacity of "trick shot". Although the villains suspect it, Lucky denies knowledge of the booty; therefore, the bad guys suggest to the local sheriff that Lucky is responsible for Jim's demise, of which Lucky is acquitted. Lucky's lawyer and the lawman are quite hilarious. Also in the show is Jim's niece, Ann, who inherits the mine, and who, Lucky figures, is the rightful owner of the ore. While trying to get it to her, the gang butts in again, which provides the flick's finale. How prejudiced of me to - because of the film's age - refrain from grading it even higher.

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20 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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