Lone Star Productions (Monogram)

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    • Lone Star Productions (Monogram)




      Introduction
      During the years 1933-1935
      Duke was to join Poverty Studio, Monogram Pictures
      to star in 16 western Lone Star Productions,
      produced by independent producer Paul Malvern

      Paul Malvern



      Producer Paul Malvern,
      a former child acrobat with The Ringling Bros. Circus,
      worked as a movie stuntman during the silent and early talkie eras.

      While working at low-budget specialist Monogram Pictures,
      Malvern took over the responsibility of producing films
      under his newly created
      "Lone Star Productions" logo.

      For further information,
      please see:-
      Paul Malvern

      He produced many westerns from 1933-35
      and worked very closely with John Wayne on his early films.



      Paul Malvern was a hugely successful producer,
      and if not for producers such as he, we would not have
      the John Wayne as we know

      In the early days produced 24 movies starring Duke
      including the 16 Lone Star Productions

      Riders Of Destiny (1933) (Robert North Bradbury)

      Sagebrush Trail (1933) (Armand Schaefer)
      West of the Divide (1933) (Robert North Bradbury)
      The Lucky Texan (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      Blue Steel (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      The Man From Utah (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      Randy Rides Alone (1934) (Harry Fraser)
      The Star Packer (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      The Trail Beyond (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      'Neath Arizona Skies (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      The Lawless Frontier (1934) (Robert North Bradbury)
      Texas Terror (1935) (Robert North Bradbury)
      Rainbow Valley (1935) (Robert North Bradbury)
      The Desert Trail (1935) (Colin Lewis)
      The Dawn Rider (1935) (Robert North Bradbury)
      Paradise Canyon (1935) (Carl Pierson)

      (For individual movie profiles and reviews
      please click on the above links)

      Robert North Bradbury


      Robert North Bradbury and his son Bob Steele

      Most of the Lone Star Movies
      were directed by Robert North Bradbury,
      with the others directed by Armand Schaefer, Harry Fraser,
      Colin Lewis and Carl Pierson

      The backbone of the studio in those early days
      was a father-and-son combination:
      writer/director Robert N. Bradbury and
      cowboy actor Bob Steele (born Robert A. Bradbury)
      were on its roster.



      Bradbury wrote almost all, and directed many, of the early
      Monogram and Lone Star westerns.
      While budgets and production values were lean,
      Monogram offered a balanced program,
      including action melodramas, classics and mysteries.

      When Duke was in Glendale and USC,
      his best friend was Bob Bradbury,
      later re-named as Bob Steele, who became a Western star.
      Bob Steele was the son of Robert North Bradbury

      Duke's career had faltered at both Columbia
      and Warner Brothers so when Robert North Bradbury came
      calling for a lead, for his forthcoming Lone Star westerns,
      Duke fitted the bill.

      For further information,
      please see:-
      Robert North Bradbury

      Monogram



      In 1935 Johnston and Carr were wooed by
      Herbert Yates of Consolidated Film Industries;
      Yates planned to merge Monogram with several other
      smaller independent companies to form Republic Pictures.

      However, after a short time in this new venture,
      Johnston and Carr discovered
      that they couldn't get along with Yates, and they left.
      Carr moved to Universal Pictures,
      while Johnston reactivated Monogram in 1937.

      For further information,please see:
      Monogram



      Cast
      Duke was accompanied
      by many regulars in the series of movies,
      including Yakima Canutt, George 'Gabby' Hayes
      Earl Dwire, Lafe McKee

      Filming Locations
      The movies were filmed mostly in California
      in popular locations such as
      Alabama Hiils, Lone Pine, Kernville and
      various movie ranches
      please click on to each individual movie for further information



      Legacy
      The Lone Star westerns, were Duke's first success.
      That is why many Duke fans, myself included, consider
      Robert North Bradbury to be as big an influence on Duke's career
      as Ford and Hathaway.

      Without Paul Malvern and Robert North Bradbury,
      Duke would have been lost forever,
      John Ford had dropped him,
      and Henry Hathaway, would never have known of him!!

      After what was considered a reasonable series
      and a great base for Duke to better his acting skills and delivery
      His next move wasn't so good, a series that deflated his career once again
      John Wayne & the Universal Series

      For continuity, all discussion
      please post here:-
      John Wayne & The Lone Star Productions
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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