The Star Packer (1934)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - Jul 30, 1934 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Definitely the most expensive-looking of John Wayne's "Lone Star" westerns, The Star Packer casts "the Duke" as U.S. marshal John Travers. Hoping to flush out a mysterious outlaw chieftain known only as "The Shadow," Travers becomes sheriff of a town where several unsolved murders have occurred. Accompanied by his Indian pal Yak (Yakima Canutt), our hero explores a tunnel leading from the sheriff's office to the outlaws' cave hideout. He manages to ascertain the identity of The Shadow, but first he must rescue heroine Anita (Verna Hillie) from the villain's clutches. As much a horror melodrama as a straightforward western, The Star Packer benefits from the casting of Lone Star "regulars" George (Gabby) Hayes and Yakima Canutt in highly uncharacteristic roles.

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conflict, deputy, gangster, marshal, one-against-odds, outlaw [Western], romance