The Man From Utah (1934)

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    • The Man From Utah (1934)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Plot Summary
      The Marshal sends John Weston to a rodeo to see if he can find out
      who is killing the rodeo riders
      who are about to win the prize money.
      Barton has organized the rodeo and plans to leave
      with all the prize money put up by the townspeople.
      When it appears that WestoAn will beat Barton's rider,
      he has his men prepare the same fate for him that befell the other riders.

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Weston
      Polly Ann Young .... Marjorie Carter
      Anita Campillo .... Dolores
      George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Marshal George Higgins (as George Hayes)
      Yakima Canutt .... Cheyenne Kent
      Edward Peil Sr. .... Spike Barton (as Ed Peil)
      George Cleveland .... Sheriff
      Lafe McKee .... Judge Carter
      Silver Tip Baker .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Gordon De Main .... Bartender (uncredited)
      Earl Dwire .... Rodeo announcer (uncredited)
      Sam Garrett .... Pendleton Rodeo Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)
      Herman Hack .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Perry Murdock .... Bank robber (uncredited)
      Artie Ortego .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Tex Palmer .... Stage driver (uncredited)
      Tex Phelps .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Archie Ricks ... Stage Driver (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Lindsley Parsons story and screenplay

      Original Music
      Lee Zahler (uncredited)

      Archie Stout

      Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
      Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)

      * Continuity: When riding Dynamite, the competitors are obvious 'stunt doubles'. Cheyenne has two 'stunt doubles' - only one wears a hat (the hat is lighter in colour and of a different style to Cheyenne's dark hat), neither wears a vest whereas Cheyenne does, both have numbers on their backs whereas Cheyenne does not. Weston's 'stunt double' has a hat of a different style and has a number on his back which Weston does not.

      * Revealing mistakes: The rodeo announcer uses a megaphone throughout the event, even though loudspeakers are clearly seen in the grandstands.

      * Revealing mistakes: A sign spelling out CALGARY STAMPEDE backwards can be seen in the rodeo footage.

      * Continuity: The vegetation and geology near the river that Weston and Spike Barton fall into is different to the country through which they have been riding.

      * Continuity: The background behind the rodeo announcer differs depending upon whether it is a long shot or a close shot.

      * Continuity: In the bulldogging competition, the competitors are obvious 'stunt doubles'. Cheyenne's 'stunt double' is not wearing a vest, has a hat of a different style, and has a number on his back. Similarly Weston's 'stunt double' also has a hat of a different style, and has a number on his back which Weston does not.

      * Anachronisms: The film is supposed to be set in the old West, but a sign appears in the background when Weston goes to prevent the bank robbery, announcing a Rodeo on May 1st 1932.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Owens River, Lone Pine, California, USA

      Watch the Full Movie:-

      The Man From Utah
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Man from Utah is a 1934 Western movie starring
      John Wayne, Polly Ann Young (sister of Loretta Young), Lafe McKee,
      Edward Peil Sr., and stuntman–actor Yakima Canutt.
      The film was written by Lindsley Parsons and directed by Robert N. Bradbury.

      I am biased towards, these Lone Star films.
      I enjoy all of them, for all their whirlwind, few days, low budget filming,
      they are a joy, and fun to watch.
      It is great to see Duke maturing in his career, and by the end of the series,
      his cadence is lower, and more mature.
      Throughout this series there were some fine character actors,
      and this one, is no exception, with Gabby, Yak, George Cleveland,
      and Lafe McKee, adding their professional touch.


      User Review
      Singing Cowboys
      22 June 2005 | by JoeytheBrit
      At the start of this Lone Star cheapie, the Duke strays into Roy Rogers territory as he warbles in a worryingly light voice while trotting along on his trusty steed - and one can only speculate on how foolish he must have felt. Thankfully, our hero quickly becomes too involved with a crooked rodeo gang to 'entertain' us with any more serenades as he 'bulldogs' and 'Roman Rides' and does all the other things an honest cowboy has to do to get in with a gang of crooks.

      Subsequent fame has given us a kinder opinion of Wayne than he probably deserves in terms of his potential in these early days. Ford saw something there, but nobody else in Hollywood did, and Wayne spent most of the 30s trudging from one no-budget potboiler to another. He's better than most of the cast in this flick, but there's little to indicate the massive star power he would one day possess - it's only his size that seems to give him a presence (and that, if truth be told, is what Wayne was - a screen presence rather than an accomplished actor).

      All these flicks were padded out with interminable shots of cowboys riding very fast on their horses, and this one's no different. But in this one we're also treated to lengthy scenes of rodeo riders - which are actually more interesting than the horse-riding fillers, even though the numerous shots of men twisting steers' necks to near-impossible angles in order to floor them and prove their macho status are not pleasant to watch. And the Indians - who were rarely a feature in the Lone Star flicks - are relegated to the status of rodeo sideshow acts here.

      THE MAN FROM UTAH is by no means the worst of the Lone Stars pics (of the ones I've seen, that particular wooden spoon is reserved for RANDY RIDES ALONE) although the superhuman status given to Wayne's character is a bit over the top. Probably the best from this era is THE LUCKY TEXAN, so if, for some bizarre reason, you're in a position to choose between the two, be sure to plump for the Texan.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • This was one of the first of the Lone Star films we ever saw, and it was quite watchable.

      Like yourself, I've come to really enjoy these older films, also. They are in a class of their own. It's really fun seeing the Duke in that youthful era. Ironically, our 17 year old son look very much like the Duke in his younger years . . . let's see, with the right hat . . . . :o

      This one had a plot a little easier to follow than some of the older ones.

      I have also enjoyed Gabby Hayes' involvement in many of these.

      Chester :newyear:

    • Memorable Quotes

      John Weston: Before I could get either one to spill anything, the whole gang jumped me...
      and I had to carve myself a fast walking stick.

      Marshal George Higgins: It seems mighty funny to me that every time this gang organizes a rodeo,
      their own men win all the first prizes. When it begins to look like an outsider is going to win, he gets sick.
      Two or three has even died from it.
      John Weston: Well, you can't arrest them for that, Marshal.
      Marshal George Higgins: No, maybe not. But it's might peculiar that when these outsides fall off them top broncs,
      they're suffering from snakebite. I tell ya, it just ain't natural.
      John Weston: What do you want me to do? Get snake bit?

      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • I have several of the "Young Duke" DVD's and this film is on one of them.I quite like these old films,make me laugh sometimes because they can be so predictable.But I can imagine people back in them days sitting in the theatre and cheering Duke.I know I would have done so!!!!!The only thing I'm not so fond of in this film is the rodeo as it shows it's from the newsreel or whatever.The same rodeo pops back up in another film I think but don't ask me which one.
    • Hi,
      While researching the 'Pals of the Sadlle' biogs, I came across something
      no one seems to have picked up on.
      Duke's love interest in this movie was Polly Ann Young,
      sister of Loretta Young.
      It is noticeable, that there is chemistry between Duke
      and his leading lady.
      A few years earlier Duke was dating Polly Ann,
      at the same time, Grant Withers, was with Loretta,
      and that's when those two lifelong friends, met.

      Grant Withers link:-

      Pals Of The Saddle-Grant Withers
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Originally posted by Moonshine_Sally@Jan 25 2006, 09:19 PM
      But I can imagine people back in them days sitting in the theatre and cheering Duke.I know I would have done so!!!!!The only thing I'm not so fond of in this film is the rodeo as it shows it's from the newsreel or whatever.The same rodeo pops back up in another film I think but don't ask me which one.

      Hi Sally,
      The main thing because I so like these old films - I feel myself as I'm sitting in this old theater and the wold outside my room is much more predictable, full of hopes and beliefs. And the values of it are much more understandable.
      The same rodeo footage is in Desrt Trail I guess. I was interested in the other question about the breed of one horse that was shown there very shortly - it is look like achal-teke horse, but I have no idea how it can be there.
    • Re: The Man From Utah (1934)

      Here are four posters from the film, the third a 1939 re-release poster, and the fourth a 1949 re-release. The first one is a color version of what is shown in Keith's first post in this thread.
    • Re: The Man From Utah (1934)


      Sorry I didn't see your question sooner. It's a little harder to see posts you haven't read, if a few days go by, without going through each forum.

      Anyway . . . the photos of the posters came from Les Adams, a long time John Wayne fan, and more importantly, a real expert on all things JW. He graciously gave permission for us to share them here. Personally, I probably own 3 or 4 reproductions of posters.

      As Arthur stated in another thread, many of these posters are works of art in their own right. I wish I had more wall space :cry2:!

      I'm glad you've enjoyed the pictures.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: The Man From Utah (1934)

      Hi Vera

      Now that I have the hang of this new fangled picture thing over the next few weeks I'll show which posters I have thay are easilly capable of being reproduced and if anyone is interested they can alway let me know.


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