The Lucky Texan (January 22, 1934)

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John Wayne in The Lucky Texan
 

Released on January 22, 1934: Two buddies strike gold and the bad guys try to kill them and frame them for murder and take over their gold claim.

Directed by Robert N. Bradbury

The Actors: John Wayne (Jerry Mason), Barbara Sheldon (Betty Benson), Lloyd Whitlock (Harris), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Jake Benson), Yakima Canutt (Joe Cole), Eddie Parker (Al Miller), Gordon De Main (banker Williams), Earl Dwire (Sheriff Miller), Tommy Coats (henchman), Phil Dunham (Judge McGill), Jack Evans (man at hearing), John Ince (townsman), Philip Kieffer (court clerk), Julie Kingdon (young girl), George Morrell (townsman), Artie Ortego (deputy), Tex Palmer (townsman), Tex Phelps (prospector), Jack Rockwell (townsman), Hal Taliaferro (henchman).

 
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John Wayne is at his best in this cowboy adventure, and along with Gabby Hayes and Wayne's good buddy Yakima Canutt we are in for a treat during the next hour. Gabby Hayes and John Wayne discover a fortune in gold a few miles outside town, and they are suddenly rich. That is a good thing, right? Well, sure . . . except that the no-good Sheriff's son is deep in debt and robs and shoots the banker, framing Gabby Hayes, who is tossed into jail. Thanks to a great fist fight between John Wayne and the Sheriff's boy the Sheriff and the town discover that the boy did the evil deed, and Gabby Hayes is out of jail. Great . . . now it's just blue skies and good times for Gabby, his beautiful young grand-daughter, and handsome John Wayne. Ahhh . . . . . but this adventure has more bad guys . . . including Yakima Canutt and his boss, played by Lloyd Whitlock, who get Gabby to unknowingly sign over his ranch to them. And that isn't even enough . . . when they discover that Gabby has gone out to his gold claim, they take off in search of him and when they find him they shoot him down because he won't show them where his gold claim is. Back in town they then frame John Wayne for Gabby's disappearance and probable murder. Wow . . . it sure doesn't look good for the young cowboy when they toss him in jail. Before this adventure is over we'll see John Wayne on horseback chasing a motorized railroad cart down the railroad tracks, with Gabby Hayes chasing along beside the tracks in an old jalopy . . . well, it looks like an old jalopy to me, but it was probably a shiny new car when the movie was filmed. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show!

Barbara Sheldon as grand-daughter Betty Benson
Barbara Sheldon as grand-daughter Betty Benson
Earl Dwire and John Wayne
Earl Dwire and John Wayne sitting in the courtroom
Eddie Parker, John Wayne and Earl Dwire
Eddie Parker cofesses to his dad Sheriff Miller, played by Earl Dwire, as John Wayne looks on
Eddie Parker as Al Miller
Eddie Parker as Al Miller, who will shoot the banker and steal Gabby Hayes money
George 'Gabby' Hayes dressed as a woman in court
George 'Gabby' Hayes disguised as a woman in court
George 'Gabby' Hayes in The Lucky Texan
George 'Gabby' Hayes as Jake Benson in The Lucky Texan

Gordon De Main and George Gabby Hayes in The Lucky Texan
Gordon De Main and George 'Gabby' Hayes in The Lucky Texan

John Wayne and George 'Gabby' Hayes in The Lucky Texan
John Wayne and George 'Gabby' Hayes in The Lucky Texan
John Wayne and Yakima Canutt
John Wayne fighting his real-life best friend Yakima Canutt in The Lucky Texan
John Wayne chasing the bad guys
John Wayne jumps off his horse to fight and capture Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt in The Luck Texan
John Wayne in court
John Wayne as Jerry Mason in court, accused of killing Jake Benson, played by Gabby Hayes
John Wayne
John Wayne in The Lucky Texan
Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt
Lloyd Whitlock as Harris, and Yakima Canutt as Joe Cole
Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt
Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt ambush George 'Gabby' Hayes
Edmund Cobb
Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt in The Lucky Texan
Phil Dunham as Judge McGill
Phil Dunham as Judge McGill
Yakima Canutt and Lloyd Whitlock in court
Yakima Canutt and Lloyd Whitlock in court