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Texas Terror (1935)

Texas Terror





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With a 45-minute running time, or thereabouts, Texas Terror was John Wayne's shortest Lone Star/Monogram Western and far from his best. Believing has accidentally killed his best friend (Frank Ball), the sheriff (Wayne) hands over his badge to George "Gabby" Hayes and retreats to the high country. En route to take over her murdered father's ranch, Beth Matthews (Lucille Browne) is witness to a stage robbery (a typical modern Western, the "stage" in Texas Terror is a Ford T touring car). An unshaven, dirty-looking Wayne comes to her rescue, but she thinks he is part of the gang. Vaguely recognizing his voice but nothing else, Beth later hires the now cleaned-up former sheriff as her new foreman and they quickly fall in love. But during a dance, Joe Dickson (LeRoy Mason), the incognito leader of the stage robbers, informs the girl that Wayne is the man thought to have killed her father. Wayne soon learns of Dickson's own culpability in the killing and summons an entire tribe of Indians to help capture him. The typical Hollywood Indians in this film all speak in broken English, Chief Black Eagle actually saying "Ugh!" on one occasion, an incongruous moment in a Western where the heroine arrives in an automobile. Intentional comedy relief is provided by Fern Emmett, a sort of poor man's Margaret Hamilton, and veteran slapstick comedian Jack Duffy, both of whom engage in a supposedly hilarious milking contest. The climactic chase sequence is rather heavily padded with stock footage from the silent era and Yakima Canutt is spotted quite clearly doubling for Wayne. As always, veteran director Robert North Bradbury has a great eye for composition (the film seems to have been shot on locations in the Sierras), but his handling of actors leaves much to be desired. Tight-lipped LeRoy Mason delivers Texas Terror's only solid performance as the villain.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert N. Bradbury, Robert North Bradbury
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On DVD: Feb 23, 2004
Lone Star Productions


John Wayne
as John Higgins
Lucille Browne
as Beth Matthews
Lucille Brown
as Bess Mathews
LeRoy Mason
as Joe Dickson
Buffalo Bill Jr.
as Blackie Martin
George 'Gabby' Hayes
as Sheriff Ed Williams
Bobby Nelson
as Chief Black Eagle's ...
Fern Emmett
as Aunt Martha Hubbard
John Ince
as Blacksmith Bob
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A poorly acted and conceived B Western.

Full Review… | August 20, 2005
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Typical low budget John Wayne western of the 1930's. Not outstanding in any way. Cheaply produced. I wasn't impressed.

James Higgins

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