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Lucky Terror (1936)

Approved | | Western | 20 February 1936 (USA)
A sharpshooter in a traveling sideshow is falsely accused of murdering a local miner.


Alan James


Alan James (screenplay), Roger Allman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Hoot Gibson ... Lucky 'The Lucky Terror' Carson
Charles Hill Charles Hill ... Doc Haliday
Lona Andre ... Ann Thornton aka Madame Fatima
George Chesebro ... Jim Thornton
Robert McKenzie ... Sheriff Hodges
Jack Rockwell ... Bat Moulton
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Tony Giribaldi
Charles King ... Wheeler
Horace B. Carpenter ... Prosecutor (as Horace Carpenter)


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Lucky Carson is riding through the snow-covered mountains when he sees Bat Moulton and his gang chasing Jim Thornton. Since it's none of his business Lucky hides behind a boulder to avoid being involved. (Unlike most B-western heroes, those played by Hoot Gibson often not only avoided trouble that wasn't theirs, they often avoided trouble when it was directed at them.) But Thornton has doubled back and pulls a gun on Lucky with the intent of stealing Lucky's untired horse. But the frightened horse rears,dashes over a cliff and takes Thornton with him. Lucky goes through Thornton's saddle bags, finds gold in them and realizes why Moulton's men were chasing the late departed Thornton. Hiding the bags at the foot of a mountain, Lucky (on Thornton's now-rested horse) rides on and comes across a Medicine Show ran by Doc Haliday. He hooks on as a sharpshooter and meets entertainer Ann Thornton, the dead man's niece. Moulton and his men ride up and inform Ann that they have taken possession ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Friday 13 December 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Another typical Gibson film
30 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Hoot Gibson is a name few would recognize today. Back in the 1930s, he was one of many B-movie cowboys and by 1936 he was towards the latter part of his career and was making flicks for lower status studios. In this case, it's Diversion Pictures--and it doesn't get a lot lower than that. However, fortunately, Gibson had a likable screen persona--such that it managed to make slightly sub-par material like "Lucky Terror" work just a bit better than it should have.

The film begins with some guy being chased by a gang--but you and Hoot have no idea why. The man meets up with Hoot and 'borrows' Hoot's horse--but soon has an accident and falls to his death. Hoot goes to take a look and finds gold!

In the next scene, Hoot joins up with a traveling medicine show--and his job is entertaining the boobs with his trick shooting. Soon, however, he learns that the dead man at the beginning of the film owned the mine and some baddies were trying to steal it. He also realized that the nice lady in the medicine show is his daughter. So, Hoot sticks around to make sure niceness prevails. Or, at least he sticks around until it looks as if the law is about to convict him of this murder--when he takes off to prove his innocence, help the lady get her claim and rounds up the baddies--with a lot of help, incidentally.

At one point in the movie, one of the baddies says '...possession is 9/10 of the law...'. While I have heard this sort of stuff before, it is NOT true and possessing something when someone else owns the deed is clearly against the law. Obviously this guy was no lawyer!

Overall, this is another amiable but slight Hoot Gibson film. It's not nearly among his best but is pretty typical of the quickies he was making at the time. Reasonably entertaining but nothing more.

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