The Star Packer (1934)

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    • The Star Packer (1934)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      John Travers and his Indian companion Yak are after the mysterious Shadow and his gang. When Sheriff Davis is killed, Travers becomes Sheriff. Catching two gang members, he learns of the room where the gang gets their orders from behind a fake wall safe and makes plans to trap the Shadow.
      Summary written by Maurice VanAuken

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... U.S. Marshal John Travers
      Verna Hillie .... Anita Matlock, Matt Matlock's Niece
      George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Matt Matlock (as George Hayes)
      Yakima Canutt .... Yak, Travers' Indian Sidekick
      Earl Dwire .... Henchman Mason
      Eddie Parker .... Henchman Parker (as Ed Parker)
      George Cleveland .... Jake, the Cook
      Thomas G. Lingham .... Sheriff Al Davis (as Tom Lingham)
      Artie Ortego .... Henchman Pat (as Arthur Ortego)
      Davie Aldrich .... Young Boy
      Frank Ball .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Billy Franey .... Henchman Sniper in Tree Stump (uncredited)
      Arthur Millett .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Tex Palmer .... Joe, Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
      Glenn Strange .... Henchman (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay)

      Archie Stout

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

      The Matlock ranch-house is the same house as Juanita's house in The Desert Trail (1935) and as Malgrove's house in Blue Steel (1934)

      * Continuity: When Travers is recovering the saddle bags, he is followed by two men. They observe him from a distance under the shade of a tree, but in the close shot they are in full sun.

      * Continuity: Travers rides from town to recover the saddlebags riding a grey horse, and swaps horses with Yak for a bay or chestnut one. Yet the two men who follow him make no comment about this obvious change.

      * Continuity: When Travers is at the Matlock ranch on his initial visit, the tails on his neckerchief vary in position between shots.

      * Continuity: There are at least three chase sequences where the close shots show a different background to the long shots - Anita leaving the ranch, Travers and Yak pursuing the wagon with Anita and Matlock, and when Travers pursues the man who tried to ambush him as he left the Matlock ranch.

      * Continuity: When Travers jumps into the river to rescue Anita, it is at a noticeably different point to where the wagon went in.

      * Continuity: The countryside changes markedly in shots when the wagon goes into the river. The wagon is seen on a flat road in a valley and then the next shot shows it on a road on a steep hill beside a river.

      * Continuity: Matlock clambers out of the river completely drenched but his clothes are dry when he steals the canoe. Similarly Travers' clothes are completely dry when he captures Matlock.

      * Plot holes: Despite the title "The Star Packer", Travers never wears a badge at any time in the film.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      General Service Studios - 1040 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Kernville, California, USA
      Newhall, California, USA

      Watch the Full Movie:-

      The Star Packer
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Star Packer is a 1934 Western film directed by Robert N. Bradbury
      and starring John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, and Verna Hillie.

      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.

      Yakima Canutt, quoted at the time,
      I couldn't stand to look at myself on screen....
      I was always sensitive to stage fright....
      in doing action, I was perfectly at ease, but to get up and talk frightened me.
      That's what took me from acting, into the stunt game.

      The stuntman hated the sound of his own voice, his vocal chords were damaged,
      whilst in the navy, so he had to force the sound out,
      and so he spoke in a monotone.

      This is a fun one to watch, as we have a hollow tree trunk as the star.
      A good story line, gets you wondering where the fatal shots come from!!!
      Once again Duke maturing in his role, with the help of his usual love interest.
      played by Verna Hillie.

      However Gabby is has wonderful as ever, and Yak, playing the most unconvincing Indian yet!!
      Right at the end, Duke's new son is shown an indian dance by Yak,
      who's great Indian language, consists of, what sounds like, OH THE HOKEY COKEY!!!!
      Good, fun to watch, enjoyable fun


      User Review
      One of the best of Wayne's early "B" westerns
      17 June 1999 | by Brian J. Smith (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada)

      As "B' westerns go for this period, this one isn't bad. In fact, in my opinion, it's one of the best of John Wayne's early "B" westerns. It has all of the right ingredients to make this an enjoyable hour.

      First and foremost it has Yakima Canutt just emerging at this time as one of the premier stunt men, performing many of his landmark stunts. There are horse falls, saving the runaway stage, a wagon going over that ever present cliff and a bang up fight scene between Wayne's character and one of the bad guys.

      Canutt also has a part in the picture and is a hoot as Wayne's faithful Indian companion "Yak". Wayne himself is better than usual for this time as an undercover government agent. Also. a clean shaven George (pre-Gabby) Hayes appears as the chief villain.

      Another oddity for "B" westerns of this time, is that the hero ends up married to the heroine and has a son at the end of the film (no kissing though).
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: The Star Packer (1934)

      Here are three posters for The Star Packer. The third one is a 1939 reissue, with the coloring just slightly different from the second poster.
    • Re: The Star Packer (1934)

      Though I'm sure we watched this film a few years ago, we watched it again recently, and were quite surprised by the appearance of Gabby Hayes. Not the fact that he appeared, I mean actually what he looked like, which was not the typical Gabby appearance. You'll just have to watch it and see for yourself.

      Pretty standard story line, similar to many of the others of that time period, but fun to watch nonetheless.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: The Star Packer (1934)

      Encores Western aired The Star Packer the other day so I watched as this is one early Wayne I haven't seen before. I always get a chuckle from those low-budget westerns where they don't have the budget to costume the leading lady properly. Nothing like seeing an actress in a 1930s outfit step out of a stagecoach! ;)

      It was great seeing John Wayne so young and handsome (and slim) and also Yakima Canutt as his Indian sidekick... and George (no "Gabby") Hayes without a beard!

      The distressing part was the score. Someone had added extremely cheesy synthesizer music during the action sequences! I really hate it when someone thinks they can "improve" an old movie this way as the usual result is just awful.
    • Re: The Star Packer (1934)

      Paula wrote:

      The distressing part was the score. Someone had added extremely cheesy synthesizer music during the action sequences! I really hate it when someone thinks they can "improve" an old movie this way as the usual result is just awful.

      If you look into our
      Duke's Movie Archives

      They're all pretty poor quality but still retain the original music
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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