The Star Packer (1934)

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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.


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  • John Wayne, Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire, and Eddie Parker in The Star Packer (1934)
  • John Wayne and Yakima Canutt in The Star Packer (1934)
  • John Wayne in The Star Packer (1934)
  • John Wayne in The Star Packer (1934)
  • John Wayne and Yakima Canutt in The Star Packer (1934)

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16 August 2006 | keesha45
8
| "Skookum fun"
Pretty fair oater from the Duke's early years has some unusual casting. Yakima Canutt has his idea of some "skookum fun" as a good guy for a change from his normal villainous role, and Gabby Hayes plays against type as the bad guy. Canutt's part would seem to be an early model for another famous Indian buddy of a lawman, namely that of "Tonto." (Note also the Duke's horse could pass for "Silver.") As a resident from the same part of Yakima Canutt's home state, I was pleasantly surprised when Wayne as Travers identifies one of the Shadow's gang as a "lifer from Walla Walla" which is the site of Washington's maximum security state prison. Incidentally, Walla Walla is about an hour and a half's drive from Colfax, where Canutt was raised, and whose hometown he shares with Turner Classic Movies' host Robert Osborne. Fellow gangster Loco Frank, shown in the same scene, turns out to be Glenn Strange, who later had a famous role as Kitty's bartender in "Gunsmoke." The action scenes are not particularly outstanding, although the climactic chase scene is very distinctive involving the villain's canoe being chased downriver by the Duke on horseback. Although the title's a misnomer in that the Duke is never seen with a badge, that's the biggest fault in what I'd otherwise heartily recommend for something a bit out of the ordinary in the Duke's apprentice stage of his career. Dale Roloff

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