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The Lucky Texan (1934)

Jerry Mason, a young Texan, and Jake Benson, an old rancher, become partners and strike it rich with a gold mine. They then find their lives complicated by bad guys and a woman.

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Robert N. Bradbury

Writer:

Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Jerry Mason
Barbara Sheldon Barbara Sheldon ... Betty Benson
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Harris
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Jake Benson (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ... Joe Cole
Eddie Parker ... Al Miller (as Ed Parker)
Gordon De Main ... Banker Williams (as Gordon Demaine)
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff Miller
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Storyline

When miners Mason and Benson turn in their gold at the assay office, the assay officials trail Benson back to the mine and shoot him. Mason is then arrested for the murder. But the supposedly dead Benson survived and now plans a surprise for the culprits at Mason's trial. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Where Life Was Raw and Might Was Law! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Strike River See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In October of 1996 a fire broke out on a late Saturday afternoon in the New York studios of WNBC-TV (Channel 4). A station staffer quickly put a cassette of this film in the tape player on his way out of the building. The film played uninterrupted twice, much to the confusion of viewers. See more »

Goofs

The more exciting horse scenes involving Mason are obviously performed by Wayne's stunt-double, Yakima Canutt. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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That Gabby's a Drag
16 September 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Unlike with most major film stars, John Wayne spent such a long apprenticeship in B westerns that you can't really put his pre-Stagecoach work with Stagecoach and beyond. It's like two different players altogether.

Bearing in mind that you can't apply the same standards of Lucky Texan with that of The Searchers, Lucky Texan was good Saturday afternoon matinée fair for the kiddies of 1934.

John Wayne and Gabby Hayes are partners in a blacksmith shop and they discover gold. Panning for it turns out to be quite profitable and they follow the advice of Walter Huston in Treasure of the Sierra Madre about not filing any claims. At least not too soon.

But the bad guys want to get their hands on the gold source and they dry gulch Gabby and they think they've killed him.

Unbeknownst to them, Gabby back in the day was an actor and did a turn in Charley's Aunt. Wayne and Gabby devise a plan to expose the villains and save the day.

Bear in mind that it was the lead in Charley's Aunt that Gabby played and you'll understand what Gabby does.

That bit put Lucky Texan a cut above the usual stuff John Wayne was doing before Stagecoach. It's still pretty amusing.


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