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The Star Packer (1934)

Approved | | Action, Mystery, Romance | 30 July 1934 (USA)
A gang working for The Shadow is terrorizing the town. John Travers decides to take on the job of sheriff and do something about it.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writers:

Robert N. Bradbury (story) (as R.N. Bradbury), Robert N. Bradbury (screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Travers
Verna Hillie ... Anita Matlock
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Matt Matlock (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ... Yak
Billy Franey ... Henchman in the Stump
Eddie Parker ... Henchman Parker (as Ed Parker)
Earl Dwire ... Henchman Mason
Thomas G. Lingham Thomas G. Lingham ... Sheriff Al Davis (as Tom Lingham)
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Storyline

John Travers and his Indian companion Yak are after the mysterious Shadow and his gang. When Sheriff Davis is killed, Travers becomes Sheriff. Catching two gang members, he learns of the room where the gang gets their orders from behind a fake wall safe and makes plans to trap the Shadow. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Gang See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Matlock ranch-house is the same house as Juanita's house in The Desert Trail (1935) and as Malgrove's house in Blue Steel (1934). See more »

Goofs

The countryside changes markedly in shots when the wagon goes into the river. The wagon is seen on a flat road in a valley and then the next shot shows it on a road on a steep hill beside a river. See more »

Quotes

U.S. Marshal John Travers: Whaddya find out?
Yak: Two men gonna hold up stage - Coyote Canyon. Much money on stage.
U.S. Marshal John Travers: Well, it looks like we're going to have our hands full.
Yak: More trouble - more fun!
U.S. Marshal John Travers: That's one way to look at it.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Predictable, harmless and enjoyable
18 April 2005 | by johnjredingtonSee all my reviews

This is a real B movie, right down to the historical imprecision of a location featuring both stage coaches and telephones, its clichéd dialogue, a totally predictable plot straight out of the comics and enough protracted chases and gunfights to fill in the gaps left by a very thin script.

The Duke and his entourage provide plenty of ironic laughs but, if you want to take the movie at face value, it is quite enjoyable. The good guys win, the bad guys get their comeuppance, the Duke gets his gal and Yakima Canutt shows his tricks all in a setting that engrossed generations of schoolboys over most of the 20th century.

The Star Packers should also be of interest to students of cinema as its structure encapsulates the early movement of silent film into the talkies.


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