Other Cowboy Stars — John Wayne in “The Lucky Texan”

August 10, 2011

Robert N. Bradbury directed 126 films featuring western actors like Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Cody and Tom Tyler.  None would achieve anywhere near the superstar status of John Wayne, who Bradbury directed in 13 of his earliest screen appearances.  His son, Bob Steele, built a sturdy career as a cowboy star and later a character actor and noir heavy.

Behold “The Lucky Texan!”

Sadly, this film falls victim to the lame plot-devices of forged contracts, false receipts and passive frame-ups which are epidemic in Charles Starrett’s films.  The thing even ends up in a YAWN trial scene.

There is one super-cool sequence where Wayne/Canutt Inc. grabs a branch and jump into a sluice to pursue a hard-riding foe.

There’s a cool final chase and doesn’t the Duke look all Durango on his white steed?

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