John Wayne 1930s Westerns Reviewed – The Night Riders – Three Texas Steers

Three Texas Steers movie with John Wayne lobby card

Having now made my way through all of the existing Westerns that John Wayne performed in for studios such as Warners, Lone Star and Republic from the early 1930s until 1939, I thought I’d revisit the last four of the Mesquiteer films that JW starred in before fame finally arrived via “Stagecoach” in the same … Read more

John Wayne Movie Western Review – Pals Of The Saddle 1938

John Wayne in Pals of the Saddle lobby card

Pals of the Saddle (1938) Republic, Dir: George Sherman, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Doreen McKay, Josef Forte, George Douglas Taking over the lead role of Stony Brooke from Bob Livingston who played the character in all but one of the previous sixteen entries in the series, this is the first … Read more

Another 1930s John Wayne Republic Movie Review “Winds of the Wasteland”

John Wayne movie Winds of the Wasteland

Just like the previous film John Wayne starred in for Republic, “The Lonely Trail”, this one also takes its cue from the history of the Old West, in this case, the demise of the Pony Express, which ceased running in 1861. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) Republic, Dir: Mack V. Wright, b/w, 55m Cast: John … Read more

John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – King of the Pecos

John Wayne western movie King of the Pecos 1936 lobby card

Here’s another John Wayne Western in which Yakima Canutt plays the bad guy again, this time around a character called Henchman Pete. Don’t those outlaws ever have a surname? King of the Pecos (1936) Republic, Dir: Joseph Kane, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Muriel Evans, Cy Kendall, Jack Clifford, Arthur Aylsworth, Herbert Haywood Villain Alexander … Read more

John Wayne 1930s Western Review – The Dawn Rider

John Wayne in The Dawn Rider

Barely five minutes into the film and stranger-in-town John Mason, played by John Wayne, is already engaged in a bout of fisticuffs with one of the locals, Ben McClure, played by Reed Howes. The Dawn Rider (1935) Lone Star, Dir: Robert N. Bradbury, b/w, 53mCast: John Wayne, Marion Burns, Denny Meadows, Reed Howes, Joe DeGrasse, … Read more

Another John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – The Desert Trail

John Wayne in The Desert Trail

The Desert Trail (1935) Lone Star, Dir: Cullen Lewis, b/w, 54mCast: John Wayne, Mary Kornman, Paul Fix, Eddy Chandler, Carmen LaRoux, Lafe McKee The opening sequence in this film is actually quite entertaining. Wayne, as rodeo rider John Scott, is travelling with his gambling friend, Kansas Charlie, played by Eddy Chandler, to Rattlesnake Gulch and … Read more

John Wayne in Star Packer 1934

John Wayne in Star Packer Lobby card

The Star Packer (1934) Lone Star, Dir: Robert N. Bradbury, b/w, 54m Cast: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, George Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Billy Franey, Ed Parker Another Lone Star production. Same costume and horse for John Wayne, so nothing changed there. Then surprise surprise. Yakima Canutt isn’t a baddie this time. He’s a Native American called … Read more

John Wayne Cowboy Films of the 1930’s – The Telegraph Trail

JOhn Wayne in The Telegraph Trail

Another John Wayne cowboy movie review of the 1930’s This time… The Telegraph Trail 1933 Warner Bros, Dir: Tenny Wright, b/w, 54m Cast: John Wayne, Frank McHugh, Marceline Day, Otis Harlan, Albert J. Smith, Yakima Cannutt Upon firing up this movie on my PC I was somewhat surprised to note that everyone was talking in … Read more

John Wayne’s 1930s Western Movie Reviews – The Lucky Texan

John Wayne in The Lucky Texan

Another 1930s western movie where John Wayne as Jerry Mason, comes back from college. College? What did he study? Riding shotgun? “Gabby” Hayes plays a character called “Grandy” Benson. The Lucky Texan (1934) Lone Star, Dir: Robert N. Bradbury, b/w, 54m Cast: John Wayne, Barbara Sheldon, Lloyd Whitlock, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker … Read more

John Wayne 1930’s Movie Westerns Review – Riders Of Destiny

Here is another review of a 1930’s western with John Wayne as a “singing” Sandy Saunders. This time it’s… Riders of Destiny (1933) Lone Star, Dir: Robert N. Bradbury, b/w, 54m Cast: John Wayne, Cecilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, George Hayes, Al St. John, Heinie Conklin There’s some good news and some bad news. The good … Read more

John Wayne Cowboy Movies of the 1930’s – The Man From Monterey

Lobby card for The Man From Monterey

Remember that line in Jaws? “That’s one bad hat, Larry”. Well, I thought Somewhere in Sonora was bad but The Man from Monterey is even worse, in fact, it’s so bad I don’t quite really know where to begin. The Man From Monterey (1933) Warner Bros, Dir: Mack V. Wright, b/w, 57m Cast: John Wayne, … Read more