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Blue Steel

1934

When Sheriff Jake Withers (George Hayes) sees John Carruthers (John Wayne) at the safe and then finds the payroll gone, he trails him. Just as he is about to arrest him, John saves his life. Still suspicious, he joins up with the man and later they learn that Melgrove (Edward Peil Sr.), the towns leading citizen, is trying to take over the area's ranches by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons. Almost all the Lone Star John Wayne movies have one or two quite unusual and memorable scenes. Here, it is the bizarre opening scene. It takes place in a hotel room on a rainy night and it is hard to tell what is going on for most of the scene.


Blue Steel is a 1934 Western (genre) film in which John Wayne plays a U.S. Marshal who is trying to capture the Polka Dot Bandit, who has taken off with $4,000.
The film is also sometimes erred to as An Innocent Man or Stolen Goods in the USA.

Plot

Wayne plays John Carruthers, an undercover US Marshal, but we don't know that until well into the film. He appears to be in town investigating a string of robberies committed by the Polka Dot Bandit (Yakima Canutt), but when he's a little late in discovering one of the Bandit's latest thefts, Sheriff Jake (George "Gabby" Hayes) thinks he's the thief. For some reason, instead of arresting him, Jake accompanies him on his journey; after all, as Wayne says, "It's kind of lonesome trailing alone." The two stumble upon a gang robbing a pack-mule train; they rescue the beautiful Betty Mason (Eleanor Hunt), whose father has just been killed by the bandits. She and her father were bringing desperately needed provisions to town, but the bandits have successfully cut off any supplies, forcing the townspeople to consider fleeing their homes or starving to death.
It turns out that the local rich man, with the very meaningful name of Malgrove (Edward Peil Sr.), is behind the robberies. He knows there's a vein of gold underneath the homesteaders' property, and he offers out of the kindness of his heart to purchase their land for a pittance. B-movie bad guys have a tendency to crow about their evil plans without checking to see if anyone is hiding nearby, and when the grieving Betty overhears his plans, Malgrove and his henchmen kidnap her. Carruthers and Jake offer to make one last attempt to bring supplies in, and Malgrove et al. make plans to murder them.

Cast

  • John Wayne as John Carruthers
  • Eleanor Hunt as Betty Mason
  • George "Gabby" Hayes as Sheriff Jake Withers
  • Edward Peil Sr. as Malgrove (as Edward Peil)
  • Yakima Canutt as Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit
  • Lafe McKee as Dan Mason
  • George Cleveland as Hank, innkeeper
  • Earl Dwire as Henchman

Production crew

  • Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
  • See also

    • John Wayne filmography
    • List of American films of 1934

    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:1934 films
    Category:American films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Films directed by Robert N. Bradbury
    Category:1930s Western (genre) films
    Category:Monogram Pictures films
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