The Big Stampede (1932)

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    • The Big Stampede (1932)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Plot Summary
      Both Sam Crew and his gang and Sonora Joe and his men are rustlers
      after a cattle herd just arriving. John Steele,
      sent by the Governor, is out to stop them.
      Greatly outnumbered, Steele's plan is to deputize Sonora and his men to fight the Crew gang.

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Deputy Sheriff John Steele
      Noah Beery .... Sam Crew
      Mae Madison .... Ginger Malloy
      Luis Alberni .... Sonora Joe
      Berton Churchill .... Gov. Lew Wallace
      Paul Hurst .... 'Arizona' Frank Bailey
      Sherwood Bailey .... Pat Malloy
      Lafe McKee .... Cal Brett
      Joseph W. Girard .... Maj. Parker (as Joseph Girard)
      Duke .... Duke, John's Horse (as Duke the Miracle Horse)
      Chuck Baldra .... Pancho (Sonora's Vaquero) (uncredited)
      Tom Bay .... Army Messenger (Sergeant) (uncredited)
      Hank Bell .... Sonora Vaquero (uncredited)
      Fred Burns .... Rancher (uncredited)
      Jim Corey .... Settler (uncredited)
      Frank Ellis .... Frank Drake (uncredited)
      Al Haskell .... Cowhand (uncredited)
      John Ince .... Rancher (uncredited)
      Ken Maynard .... (archive footage) (uncredited)
      G. Raymond Nye .... Crew's Henchman (uncredited)
      Bud Osborne .... Trail Boss (uncredited)
      Henry Otho .... Crew's Henchman (uncredited)
      Tex Phelps .... Sonora Vaquero (uncredited)
      Rose Plumer .... Mrs. Cal Brett (uncredited)
      Glenn Strange .... Cowhand (uncredited)
      Tarzan .... (archive footage) (uncredited)
      Al Taylor .... Crew's Henchman (uncredited)
      Blackjack Ward .... Sonora Vaquero (uncredited)
      Slim Whitaker .... Sonora Vaquero (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Marion Jackson story "The Land Beyond the Law"
      Kurt Kempler adaptation

      Original Music
      Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)

      Ted D. McCord

      Camera and Electrical Department
      William H. Clothier .... camera operator (uncredited)
      (An early one for one of Duke's favourite cameramen)

      Memorable Quote

      Filming Locations
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA
      Miller and Lux Ranch, Dos Palos, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

      The Big Stampede
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Big Stampede is a 1932 American film starring John Wayne.
      It is a remake of the 1927 film Land Beyond the Law.

      The 3rd. One of 6 films Duke made with Warner Bros. as re-makes of some
      silent films, that Ken Maynard had made.

      These Duke versions were made, to use up unused film, that WB had,
      featuring Ken Maynard and his miracle horse.
      They brought in Duke and Duke! The Wonder Horse,
      and substituted them into the films!!
      If you look closely, you can spot the difference,
      between the two actors.
      Even the two horses, are noticeably different.

      The movie was advertised as
      "Bring back the Old Time Matinee Business"

      Reviewers commented more on the 5000 head of stampeding cattle
      that added thrills to the final reel, than on the performance of the actors

      I enjoyed this series, and they remain favourites,
      as they were amongst the first VHS, I ever bought.

      Duke earned, $1,500 per film and is quoted as saying
      Each one, was lousier, than the last
      I enjoyed this series, and they remain favourites,
      as they were amongst the first VHS, I ever bought.


      User Review
      Yet another Schlesinger-produced John Wayne B movie.
      27 May 2010 | by planktonrules (Bradenton, Florida)

      Through the 1930s, most of John Wayne's films were B-westerns--much like the films of the like of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers--though (in most cases) without the singing (don't even get me started on the silly 'Singing Sandy' films he made). In general, the films are above average for these sort of movies, though series B-movies were never meant as high art. The writing was extremely simplistic as were the characters, but thanks to Wayne's nice acting and some exceptional stunt-work, most of the films are a lot of fun for lovers of the genre. Now not all of his films of this type were created equal. Some (such as his Three Mesquiteer series) were very enjoyable while others (many of his films done for Leon Schlesinger) were really, really bad. As this is a Schlesinger film, my hopes were not set really high, as the last two I watched ("Ride Him Cowboy" and "Haunted Gold") were just awful--a surprise since the films were distributed by Warner Brothers-Vitaphone Studio--a bigger-name company and higher status company than than those that usually produced cheap B westerns. Is this one any better? I could only hope! The film begins with Wayne meeting with the governor and volunteering to become a marshal in New Mexico and bring its lawlessness under control. This is a very typical sort of plot but is interesting because the governor portrayed was a real-life guy--General Lew Wallace (Berton Churchill). Wallace was a Civil general, governor and author of "Ben Hur" and seeing him as a character surprised me.

      Like his other films, his co-star is his horse, 'Duke'. This is a bit ironic, as 'the Duke' was later Wayne's nickname and, in general, this smart horse was the best thing going for these movies! It was so smart and talented, it could have rivaled Roy Rogers' beloved Trigger in intelligence and acting ability! As marshal, Wayne makes an apparently insane move and makes a low-down Mexican bandit-sort, Sonora, his deputy. Clearly, he must have read that he should do this in the script, as it made no sense--any sane lawman would have thought twice or three times before handing a badge to this guy! Yet, as I said, it was in the script, so you know it will work out for the better by the end of the film! And together they take on the chief baddie (Noah Beery). Can you guess who wins in the end?! The film has a better plot than most of the Schlesinger/Wayne films. The bad guy is also better and more memorable than most. As for the stunts, they are once again the highlight of the film. I assumed that it's Yakima Canutt in charge of the great stunt-work, but IMDb did not indicate this--meaning there must have been some other great stunt men doing some of these insanely dangerous and cool stunts OR it was a Canutt job after all but he just isn't credited. Regardless, the work is impressive even today and you wonder how they got anyone crazy enough to do these tricks! Overall, it's a very pleasant little B-film. Compared to other films in this crowded genre, it's very good. It certainly cannot be compared to a typical full-length western, but for what it is it's nice. My score of 7 is relative to other B westerns. What a pleasant surprise! By the way, if the name Schlesinger is familiar, it should be. He's the guy who oversaw production of cartoons for Warner Brothers for several decades. Apparently, I heard he hated cartoons and his job, but he was certainly a lot more successful with them than with B westerns.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Well at least there is comfort in being able to tell the difference between Duke the actor and Duke the horse. I am reminded in watching these early films of how much John Wayne grew as an actor and that even if you start at the lowest point, you can truly become a success in so many just takes honest work and perserverance.

    • Originally posted by ethanedwards@Dec 23 2005, 08:41 AM

      Duke earned, $1,500 per film and is quoted as saying,

      "Each one, was lousier, than the last"

      I enjoyed this series, and they remain favourites,
      as they were amongst the first VHS, I ever bought.

      Actually, Duke earned $850 per picture, and his quote about each picture 'being lousier than the last' was in reference to his Lone Star films he make after these Warner films.

      And I agree with you...all 6 are favorites with me too. Probably the best films he made after the 'The Big Trail', and prior to 'Stagecoach'
    • Hi

      Duke earned, $1,500 per film and is quoted as saying,

      "Each one, was lousier, than the last"

      This statement was made in the book,

      DUKE;- The Life and Image of John Wayne

      However in the book,


      the figure $825 is quoted,
      ah well, who cares??

      Where did you source, your information?
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Hi,

      In reagrds to how much he made, I read that from Fred Landesman's wonderful book "The John Wayne Filmography". In regards to his comment about each of those cheapie 1930 westerns being worst than the last, that quote came from Maurice Zolotow's excellent read "Shooting Star".

      But your right, it's just apples and oranges.
    • Re: The Big Stampede (1932)

      Funny you should ask. I'd heard of this film, and today, it was amongst 5 trailers on our Rio Bravo DVD. When we watched the trailer, I thought to myself, I don't remember watching this. Then I checked our list of owned films, and we don't even have it. That really surprised me, because the title seemed so familiar.

      So now I'm curious to know - how many folks actually own a copy of The Big Stampede?
    • Re: The Big Stampede (1932)

      For those who are interested in this film, Turner Classic Movies has it for sale either alone or part of a three movie set. Both are the same price (14.99), so I think the three movie set the better buy. Click this link..turnerclassic.moviesunlimited.…opping%3ASearch+less+Home and take a look.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: The Big Stampede (1932)

      dukefan1 wrote:

      For those who are interested in this film, Turner Classic Movies has it for sale either alone or part of a three movie set. Both are the same price (14.99), so I think the three movie set the better buy.


      I agree with Mark,
      3 of the 6 Warner Brothers titles, fot the price of one.
      Great value!!!
      Here's our reviews on the other two,
      Ride Him Cowboy
      Haunted Gold
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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