The Big Stampede (1932)

54-55 or 63 mins | Western | 8 October 1932

Director:

Tenny Wright

Writer:

Kurt Kempler

Cinematographer:

Ted McCord

Editor:

Frank Ware

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film marked Tenny Wright's first film as director. According to the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, John Wayne performed all his own stunts. Modern sources list Frank Ellis and Hank Bell among the cast. This was a remake of the 1927 First National production The Land Beyond the Law , which was directed by Harry J. Brown and starred Ken Maynard (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2952). Warner Bros. produced another film in 1937 based on the same source, entitled Land Beyond the Law , which was directed by B. Reeves Eason and starred Dick Foran (see ... More Less

This film marked Tenny Wright's first film as director. According to the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, John Wayne performed all his own stunts. Modern sources list Frank Ellis and Hank Bell among the cast. This was a remake of the 1927 First National production The Land Beyond the Law , which was directed by Harry J. Brown and starred Ken Maynard (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2952). Warner Bros. produced another film in 1937 based on the same source, entitled Land Beyond the Law , which was directed by B. Reeves Eason and starred Dick Foran (see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Nov 32
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 32
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Feb 33
p. 31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Four Star Western
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the film The Land Beyond the Law , story by Marion Jackson (First National Pictures, 1927).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 October 1932
Production Date:
began 24 June 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 September 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3278
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54-55 or 63
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When potential settlers in the territory of New Mexico are harassed by cattle rustlers, Governor Lew Wallace sends deputy sheriff John Steele to straighten out the problem. John quickly discovers that the leader of the rustlers is Sam Crew, who poses as a prosperous business man. John pretends to be a drunken drifter in order to secretly watch Crew. Crew welcomes a group of settlers that includes Ginger Malloy, her small brother Pat and her uncle, Cal Brett, but later sends his men to steal their cattle. During a gunfight between the settlers and the bandits, a rival gang led by Sonora Joe steals the cattle and Cal is killed. With the help of his horse "Duke," John retrieves the cattle and enlists Sonora's help against Crew. He announces that, as deputy sheriff, he will arrest Arizona, Cal's killer, precisely at nine o'clock, and with Sonora's help, he does. The gang plans to rescue Arizona when he is transferred to the fort for trial, but John uses a ruse to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, the settlers drive their cattle to the fort where they plan to sell them, and Crew decides to stampede their cattle drive. John once again rescues the cattle, and Crew is trampled to death by the herd. Now that Crew is gone, the settlers can live peacefully, and John and Ginger plan to ... +


When potential settlers in the territory of New Mexico are harassed by cattle rustlers, Governor Lew Wallace sends deputy sheriff John Steele to straighten out the problem. John quickly discovers that the leader of the rustlers is Sam Crew, who poses as a prosperous business man. John pretends to be a drunken drifter in order to secretly watch Crew. Crew welcomes a group of settlers that includes Ginger Malloy, her small brother Pat and her uncle, Cal Brett, but later sends his men to steal their cattle. During a gunfight between the settlers and the bandits, a rival gang led by Sonora Joe steals the cattle and Cal is killed. With the help of his horse "Duke," John retrieves the cattle and enlists Sonora's help against Crew. He announces that, as deputy sheriff, he will arrest Arizona, Cal's killer, precisely at nine o'clock, and with Sonora's help, he does. The gang plans to rescue Arizona when he is transferred to the fort for trial, but John uses a ruse to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, the settlers drive their cattle to the fort where they plan to sell them, and Crew decides to stampede their cattle drive. John once again rescues the cattle, and Crew is trampled to death by the herd. Now that Crew is gone, the settlers can live peacefully, and John and Ginger plan to marry. +

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