Thursday, February 21, 2013

Old Movie Time, The Lucky Texan

The Lucky Texan stars John Wayne, George Hayes, Yakima Canutt, and Barbara Sheldon. It opens up with Hayes (Jake) digging a rock out of a horse's hoof and John Wayne (Jerry Mason) coming back to town. Hayes owns the blacksmith shop and he gets a letter from his granddaughter (Barbara Sheldon) that she's coming back also. The rock from the horse's hoof is picked up by Wayne and he notices a chunk of gold in it, and Hayes, of course knows exactly where it come from because the horse's owner told him where he had been. Gold in the creek, 12 miles from town. They take some of it to the Assayer, Harris, the same one who stole most of Hayes cattle from the ranch. And he steals the deed to Hayes' ranch by having him sign a piece of paper he says is a receipt for the gold. 

Jake pays off the mortgage to the blacksmith shop with gold and the sheriff's son kills the banker for the gold. Jake is thrown in jail for the dastardly deed. Betty (Sheldon) shows up at the ranch when Jerry (Wayne) goes to get money to bail Jake out. Wayne goes into town and confronts the sheriff's son about the money he came into and a fist fight ensues, The outlaw escapes and heads to the creek with Wayne after him. Enter a bit of Charlie Chaplin comedy as the outlaw surfs down the creek with Wayne surfing on his tail. Wayne cuts him off and takes him back to town and Jake is released from jail.

The Assayer, Harris and Joe, his employee, follow Jake (Hayes) to see where the gold is coming from and end up shooting Jake and try to steal a canteen of gold from the back of Jakes's mule. Joe tries to get the gold untied from the jackass, but in a hilarious sequence, chases the burro around and Joe has to give up. The mule takes off and the canteen falls to the ground. Harris and Joe head back to town.

Jake wakes up with his dog Frankie and tells Frankie to go get Jerry. Jerry finds the canteen, tells Jake to remain hiden and heads to town to file claims on the gold sites. Jerry gets arrested when Harris and Joe tell the sheriff that Jerry was stealing the gold. Jerry gets locked up where he remains until a judge shows up the next morning. Betty visits Jerry and he tells her to keep Jake hidden and tell him to come to town in the morning.

Jake shows up in women's clothes and no one knows who the lady is. He/she tells the judge that Harris and Joe are the real outlaws and they jump out of a window and take off. Jerry and Jake follow them in a comedy finish. Harris and Joe hop on a motorized railroad flat car, Jake in a tin-lizzy and Jerry on his horse. Harris and Joe are caught and a fight ensues with Jerry and Jake winning. The final scenes show Betty marrying Jerry and kissing her.

This was another 1934 black and white film (with an occasional dark break) that I enjoyed watching and got a kick out of the car chase finale.


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