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'Neath Arizona Skies (1934)

'Neath Arizona Skies





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John Wayne attempts to locate Shirley Jean Rickert's wayward father in this low-budget Western from his days with Monogram. The little girl, a "half-breed," is the heir to a 50,000-dollar Indian oil claim, but she needs the signature of her long-lost father in order to collect. Chris Morrell, Nina's foster father, manages to get the tyke out of town before Sam Black (Yakima Canutt) and his gang can get their grubby hands on her and her inheritance, but other villains learn of the girl's potential windfall, including express office robbers Vic Byrd (Jack Rockwell) and Jim Moore (Jay Wilsey). When Vic finally gets hold of the child, he is shot and killed by one of his own hands, Tom (Earl Dwire), who is revealed to be Nina's real father. With Tom's help, Chris manages to trick the Black gang and is able to storm their hideout. In the ensuing melee, Tom is fatally shot but Byrd manages to escape with Nina. Chris goes after them and there is a final confrontation in a raging river. 'Neath the Arizona Skies was based on Gun Glory, a short story by B.R. Tuttle, which had been filmed in 1933 by maverick producer Victor Adamson as Circle Canyon. This earlier version starred Buddy Roosevelt as Chris and Clarise Woods as the little heiress.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Burl R. Tuttle
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On DVD: Feb 23, 2004
Scott Entertainment


John Wayne
as Chris Morrell
Sheila Terry
as Clara Moore
Jack Rockwell
as Vic Byrd
Yakima Canutt
as Sam Black
Tex Phelps
as henchman
Eddie Parker
as henchman
Frank Hall Crane
as Express Agent
Herman Hack
as henchman
Jay Wilsey
as Jim Moore
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One exciting climactic fight scene in a river between Wayne and Yakima Canutt. Otherwise a forgettable minor Western.

Full Review… | August 21, 2005
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This came from the Mill Creek Western Legends 50 Movie Pack Collection, One must remember this film was made 79 years ago, Thats is a powerful statement.
Average Wayne-Lone Star matinée special. Chris (Wayne) is trying to secure oil money for fatherless Indian girl Nina (Rickert). Sam Black (a good name for bad guy Canutt) and his gang are trying to kidnap the girl and hijack the money. Nothing exceptional here, other than some good outdoor action and a clever Canutt-devised stunt with rope and a tree. For fans of Gabby Hayes, his likably grouchy character is almost complete. For me, the highlight was seeing Lone Star regular Earl Dwire actually play a good guy (Tom) for once. With his considerably less than handsome features, he fits the bad guy stereotype. So his role here amounts to a welcome departure showing that you don't have to look like a Wayne to play a good guy. Fairly scenic locations, not the Sierras unfortunately, but not the treeless LA scrublands either. Strikingly pretty Sheila Terry as Clara doesn't have much to do other than ride horseback in a dress, no less, and with the boys. Note the plunge off the cliff into the water. This was a popular stunt of the time and a fittingly dramatic end to a chase sequence. I can't tell whether this one is a stock shot from another film or not. But, never mind, since it's a grabber anyway. All in all, an entertaining 50 minutes, but nothing special. 2 1/2 Stars 10-16-13

Bruce Bruce

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John Wayne beats up guys and saves the day for a little half-white/half-native American girl. Simple story with bad acting and terribly choreographed fight scenes. Par for the course for movies of this era apparently.


One on many low budget John Wayne films from the 1930?s, this one is perhaps a little better than most, but it is still strictly routine. The plot is as basic as you can get. The acting is pretty good, but John Wayne is clearly not a natural actor. There is some nice locale shooting and it is short in length, making the pace vary good.

James Higgins

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