Blue Steel (1934)

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    • Blue Steel (1934)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary

      When Sheriff Jake sees a man at the safe and then finds the payroll gone, he trails him.
      Just as he is about to arrest him, the man saves his life.
      Still suspicious, he joins up with the man and later they learn that Melgrove,
      the towns leading citizen, is trying to take over the area's ranches
      by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons.
      With the ranchers about to sell to Melgrove, the two newcomers say they will bring in provisions.
      Summary written by Maurice VanAuken

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Carruthers
      Eleanor Hunt .... Betty Mason
      George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Sheriff Jake Withers (as George Hayes)
      Edward Peil Sr. .... Malgrove (as Edward Peil)
      Yakima Canutt .... Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit
      Lafe McKee .... Dan Mason
      George Cleveland .... Hank, innkeeper
      Earl Dwire .... Henchman in town
      Silver Tip Baker .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Barney Beasley .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Hank Bell .... Stage driver with payroll (uncredited)
      Ralph Bucko .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Horace B. Carpenter .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Fern Emmett .... Mrs. Williams (uncredited)
      Jack Evans .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Herman Hack .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Theodore Lorch .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bud McClure .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Perry Murdock .... Henchman (uncredited)
      George Nash .... The bridegroom (uncredited)
      Herman Nowlin .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Artie Ortego .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Tex Phelps .... Townsman (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Robert N. Bradbury (Story and Screenplay)

      Archie Stout

      Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)

      Malgrove's house is the same house as Juanita's house in The Desert Trail (1935)
      and as the Matlock ranch-house in He Wore a Star (1934).

      Carruthers and Sherriff Withers jump into the same river at the same point as Weston and Spike Barton
      do in The Man from Utah (1934).

      The plot is very similar to Lawless Range (1935) - a hidden gold deposit,
      a wealthy man cutting off supplies to the valley with the intention of buying up the properties cheaply.

      * Continuity: When Carruthers and Sheriff Jake arrive to Yucca City,
      riding with Malgrove and Danti, Carruthers and Jake ride until the middle of the group.

      The next shot shows both leaving the horses in the right-hand side of the group.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Big Pines, California, USA
      General Service Studios - 1040 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Kernville, California, USA

      Watch the Full Movie

      Blue Steel
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Blue Steel is a 1934 Western film in which John Wayne plays a U.S. Marshal
      who is trying to capture the Polka Dot Bandit, who has taken off with $4,000.

      The film is also sometimes referred to as An Innocent Man in the USA.

      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.

      Another good one from Monogram.
      Duke once again, maturing in these roles, helped along by the toothless Gabby,
      good story, if a little contrived.

      Yak, in this as an actor as well, but the action and fight scenes, were improving all the time,
      with the work Duke and Yak, were putting in, now paying off.

      User Review
      "Author: classicsoncall from Florida, New York on IMDb

      What's the best way for a bandit to maintain a low profile? How about making noise while robbing a safe, leaving behind an identifying spur, and wearing a polka dot neckerchief. Yakima Canutt is Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit in this 1934 Lone Star Western,but the gimmick is not fully carried out in the film.
      The central plot involves an unscrupulous town boss Malgrove (Edward Piel Sr.)
      who schemes to buy out all the local ranchers because of gold discovered in the topsoil (?).
      John Wayne portrays U.S. Marshal John Carruthers, and he aids a suspicious Sheriff Jake Withers (George pre "Gabby" Hayes), who seems to regularly uncover evidence pointing to Carruthers as the Polka Dot Bandit. Eleanor Hunt is Betty Mason, the romantic interest in the film, who brings to the screen a wide eyed silent film appearance.
      For fans of B Westerns, there's a lot to study in "Blue Steel"; for starters,
      it's interesting to see Wayne's character shoot directly into a crowd to knock a gun out of the hand of bad guy Canutt. This technique is used as late as the 1950's in a number of the Lone Ranger TV shows.
      In another scene, two baddies attempt to get the drop on Wayne's character. As he escapes into a lofty barn, he uses a lasso to scoop up one of his antagonists, but the roped victim never cries out to his partner for help. Similarly, as he engages the other in a fist fight, both remain silent throughout the encounter.
      Director Robert North Bradbury makes use of an interesting film technique where he fast forwards the motion during an action scene, usually involving riders on horseback in a non threatening sequence. It's effectively done and is also used by director Harry Fraser in some of his Wayne Lone Star films such as "Randy Rides Alone".
      Pay close attention during a chase scene as the bad guy posse pursues Miss Betty on horseback; when hit by a shot she falls to the ground seemingly unconscious, and as she lands she ever so slightly uses her leg to shift position. Within seconds she's scooped up by the vigilant Marshal aboard Gabby's buckboard, and then she miraculously climbs aboard her own horse to once again gallop away - what a gal!
      By the time it's ready to wrap things up, Marshal Carruthers and Sheriff Jake lie in wait, six guns trained on sticks of dynamite planted in the side of a rock face. As the bad guys make their way into the pass, their fate is sealed under tons of tumbling mountainside.
      As in so many of John Wayne's Westerns of this era, his character gets the girl even without trying.
      The scene fades with the marshal and his future bride riding off into the sunset, until it's time to do it all over again in at least another dozen or so Lone Star films. "
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Blue Steel (1934)

      The first poster is a picture of an original 1934 poster. The second is a 1949 re-release poster. I'm not certain about the history on the third one.
    • Re: Blue Steel (1934)

      This is my favorite Lone Star film, and ironically the first one I saw. And I have to admit that is was a shock to see George well before his Gabby days.... let's face it George is Gabby regardless of the fact that he is nothing like him.
    • Lets go back Over 75 Years to the The Early Years of John Wayne !
      In 1934 John Wayne was making these Cheap Westerns, long before "Duke" Wayne became a Super Star !!
      Below is the First Film Clip from the Old Film
      "Blue Steel"


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    • Re: Blue Steel (1934)

      I remember when this and all the other Lone Star movies were first on UK TV. It was the early hours of the morning, so I had to set the VCR. Can't remember when this was but it was quite some time ago.

      First thing that struck me was the music; it set you in the mood and got your attention. It is a very catchy tune.

      I don't know if these were ever in the UK cinemas back in the 50's and 60's. I always went to a kids day on Saturday mornings and there was always a western or two.

      Then they came out here on video and I rushed around the shops to get the entire collection. Then I heard they had been colourized, but never saw any of them.

      I still think they are all brilliant, not a bad one in the bunch.

    • Re: Blue Steel (1934)

      dukefan1 wrote:

      To see this film, click on the link below. Enjoy!


      Unfortunately Mark's link can only be viewed in the States.

      Watch the Full Movie:-

      Blue Steel

      Blue Steel
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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