’Neath the Arizona Skies (December 5, 1934)

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John Wayne in Neath The Arizona Skies
 

Released on December 5, 1934: A gang of outlaws is out to kidnap a little girl worth fifty thousand dollars but John Wayne will protect her if he can.

Directed by Harry L. Fraser

The Actors: John Wayne (Chris Morrell), Sheila Terry (Clara Moore), Shirley Jean Rickert (Nina), Jack Rockwell (Vic Byrd), Yakima Canutt (Sam Black), Harry L. Fraser (henchman in the bush), Jay Wilsey (Jim Moore), Philip Kiefer (Jameson Hodges), Frank Hall Crane (express agent), Earl Dwire (Tom, Nina's father), Billy Franey (old prospector), Herman Hack (henchman), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Matt Downing), George Morrell (town mayor), Artie Ortego (henchman Shorty), Eddie Parker (henchman asking Chris for Nina), Tex Phelps (henchman overhearing Hodges), Allen Pomeroy (office clerk)

 

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Little Girl with Big Oil Money

In 1934 the old west was still rugged and wild, but with the new 'black gold' or oil, needed to fill thirsty automobiles cowboy movies got a new angle for outlaws vs the white hat boys. Instead of gold mines or cattle rustlers, oil wealth made a dandy plot element to work with. In this adventure John Wayne is a fellow in Arizona caring for a young girl whose American Indian mother died in childbirth. The young girl's father is a cowboy who ran away before she was born and doesn't even know that he has a little girl. Now that there is an oil gusher on the Indian land all of the Indians will share the profits, including the little girl. She has fifty thousand dollars so far from the government in royalties, but because her mother is dead and her father is nowhere to be found, the money is in limbo. If John Wayne can either find the father and have him sign over the rights to the oil to the little girl, or prove that the father is dead, the little girl can get her money. Enter the bad guys, headed up by Yakima Canutt, one of John Wayne's real life best friends. Yakima is outlaw Sam Black, who along with his gang of henchmen want to kidnap the little girl for the money that she is worth. The third cowboy veteran in this movie is George 'Gabby' Hayes, the bearded good-natured cowboy that seems to be in just about every cowboy movie made during the golden age of Westerns in the 1930's and early 1940's. With plenty of fist fights, gun fights and cunning everything works out just fine, but it is an exciting journey before we get to the happy ending. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Artie Ortego (in the white shirt) faces Yakima Canutt after he loses their horses
Artie Ortego (in the white shirt) faces Yakima Canutt after he loses their horses
Earl Dwire and Jack Rockwell
Earl Dwire and Jack Rockwell
Gabby Hayes, Shirley Jean Rickert and Earl Dwire in 'Neath Arizona Skies
Gabby Hayes, Shirley Jean Rickert and Earl Dwire in 'Neath Arizona Skies
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Sirley Jean Rickert
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Sirley Jean Rickert
Director and henchman Harry L. Fraser
Director and henchman Harry L. Fraser
Jack Rockwell as Vic Byrd
Jack Rockwell as Vic Byrd
Jack Rockwell as Vic Byrd in 'Neath Arizona Skies
Jack Rockwell as Vic Byrd in 'Neath Arizona Skies
Jay Wilsey as Jim Moore
Jay Wilsey as Jim Moore
John Wayne and Jay Wilsey
John Wayne and Jay Wilsey
John Wayne and Shirley Jean Rickert
John Wayne and Shirley Jean Rickert
John Wayne faces Eddie Parker
John Wayne faces Eddie Parker
John Wayne in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
John Wayne in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Sheila Terry as Clara Moore
Sheila Terry as Clara Moore
Sheila Terry in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Sheila Terry in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Shirley Jean Rickert as Nina
Shirley Jean Rickert as Nina
Shirley Jean Rickert in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Shirley Jean Rickert in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Tex Phelps in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Tex Phelps in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Yakima Canutt as outlaw Sam Black
Yakima Canutt as outlaw Sam Black
Yakima Canutt in 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Yakima Canutt in 'Neath the Arizona Skies