The Man from Utah (May 15, 1934)

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John Wayne in The Man from Utah
 

Released May 15, 1934: John Wayne is rodeo rider John Weston, who hunts for the killers of rodeo riders before they can win at a roving rodeo run by outlaws.

Produced by Paul Malvern

Directed by Robert N. Bradbury

The Actors: John Wayne (John Weston), Polly Ann Young (Marjorie Carter), Anita Campillo (Dolores), Edward Peil Sr. (Spike Barton), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Marshall George Higgins), Yakima Canutt (Cheyenne Kent), George Cleveland (Nevada Sheriff), Silver Tip Baker (townsman), Phil Dunham (bartender), Earl Dwire (rodeo announcer), Sam Garrett (Pendleton rodeo performer), Herman Hack (first Kent henchman), Jack Kirk (the singing voice of John Weston), Bud McClure (henchman on roof), Lafe McKee (Judge Carter), Perry Murdock (captured bank robber), Artie Ortego (the second bank robber), Tex Palmer (rodeo judge), Tex Phelps (Cramer, a henchman), Archie Ricks (stage driver)

 

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Rodeo Madness

John Preston, played by John Wayne, is down on his luck and looking for a job. After helping the town sheriff capture a couple of robbers he is offered a strange challenge. The sheriff wants him to enter in a rodeo held in Dalton and do some undercover investigation to see if the rodeo is honest or rigged.

The rodeo scenes that you will watch are real, filmed in May of 1932 at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. Rodeo champion Cheyenne Kent was played by Yakima Canutt, a real rodeo champion who became an actor and best friend of John Wayne. Yakima Canutt also did some directing work in Hollywood, and is most famous for directing the chariot racing scene in Ben Hur.

On the big day of the rodeo in Dalton, John Wayne competes with one of the bad guys, his real-life buddy Yakima Canutt.  When young John Wayne first met Yakima in 1932 they immediately became friends and worked together between scenes to develop new horse stunts, and they also developed a technique that was used by everyone afterwards where they would arrange the camera just so, and themselves just so, and when one of them fake-punched the other in the face, it looked much more realistic than movie fights up to this time. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anita Campillo
Anita Campillo
Edward Peil Sr.
Edward Peil Sr.
Gabby Hayes, John Wayne and Polly Ann Young
Gabby Hayes, John Wayne and Polly Ann Young
Gabby Hayes
Gabby Hayes
John Wayne and Anita Campillo
John Wayne and Anita Campillo
John Wayne and George Cleveland
John Wayne and George Cleveland
John Wayne
John Wayne
Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
Polly Ann Young
Polly Ann Young
Polly Ann Young
Polly Ann Young
Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt