The Star Packer (1934)

52 or 54 mins | Western | 30 July 1934

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HISTORY

Modern sources note that scenes in the film were shot in Newhall, CA, and that actors Ed Parker and Yakima Canutt also performed as stuntmen in the production. Canutt "stunted" for Wayne and several of the "outlaws," including George Hayes. Modern sources add Glenn Strange, Tex Palmer and Frank Ball to the cast. Abe Meyer is credited in modern sources as musical ... More Less

Modern sources note that scenes in the film were shot in Newhall, CA, and that actors Ed Parker and Yakima Canutt also performed as stuntmen in the production. Canutt "stunted" for Wayne and several of the "outlaws," including George Hayes. Modern sources add Glenn Strange, Tex Palmer and Frank Ball to the cast. Abe Meyer is credited in modern sources as musical director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jul 1934.
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Daily Variety
8 May 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
3 Jul 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Jul 34
p. 22.
Variety
23 Oct 34
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 July 1934
Production Date:
began 8 May 1934 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 August 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5280
Physical Properties:
Sound
Balsley & Phillips Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
52 or 54
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Before The Shadow and his gang of outlaws execute a stagecoach robbery, John Travers, a United States Marshal, and his Indian friend Yak intercept the coach and rob it themselves. Two of The Shadow's henchmen brutally murder the coach's driver and guard, and the horses bolt and run away with the coach. Travers saves passenger Anita Matlock, who is on her way to claim the ranch left to her by her recently murdered father, and escorts the coach into the town of Little Rock. Soon after the coach arrives, the sheriff is shot and killed, and Travers learns from Matlock, Anita's uncle and a respected rancher, that Little Rock's two previous sheriffs also were murdered. With the help of Yak, Travers begins an investigation and discovers that the killer's instructions are coming from a voice behind a phony safe in the saloon. Travers and Yak follow the gunmen and find a hideout that is near Matlock's ranch, full of notorious outlaws. After warning Matlock and Anita, who is visiting her uncle for the first time, about the outlaws, Travers and Yak jail two of The Shadow's men. That night, they further investigate the saloon, finding a secret tunnel that leads to a hollow stump in the middle of the main street. Anita, meanwhile, learns from a ranch hand named Jake that Matlock is The Shadow and that he killed her father and uncle and has assumed her uncle's identity. She tries to warn Travers, but is taken hostage by the gang as they head for town with a machine gun. Travers deputizes the townsmen and, following a daring chase, captures Matlock and the gang. ... +


Before The Shadow and his gang of outlaws execute a stagecoach robbery, John Travers, a United States Marshal, and his Indian friend Yak intercept the coach and rob it themselves. Two of The Shadow's henchmen brutally murder the coach's driver and guard, and the horses bolt and run away with the coach. Travers saves passenger Anita Matlock, who is on her way to claim the ranch left to her by her recently murdered father, and escorts the coach into the town of Little Rock. Soon after the coach arrives, the sheriff is shot and killed, and Travers learns from Matlock, Anita's uncle and a respected rancher, that Little Rock's two previous sheriffs also were murdered. With the help of Yak, Travers begins an investigation and discovers that the killer's instructions are coming from a voice behind a phony safe in the saloon. Travers and Yak follow the gunmen and find a hideout that is near Matlock's ranch, full of notorious outlaws. After warning Matlock and Anita, who is visiting her uncle for the first time, about the outlaws, Travers and Yak jail two of The Shadow's men. That night, they further investigate the saloon, finding a secret tunnel that leads to a hollow stump in the middle of the main street. Anita, meanwhile, learns from a ranch hand named Jake that Matlock is The Shadow and that he killed her father and uncle and has assumed her uncle's identity. She tries to warn Travers, but is taken hostage by the gang as they head for town with a machine gun. Travers deputizes the townsmen and, following a daring chase, captures Matlock and the gang. Eventually, Anita and Travers marry. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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