Sunday Seconds with the Duke

The Lucky Texan (1934)

Episode #38

Lone Star Productions released The Lucky Texan to theaters on January 22, 1934. Robert N. Bradbury directed the film starring John Wayne, Barbara Sheldon, and George ‘Gabby’ Hayes.

‘The Lucky Texan’ Movie Summary

Jerry Mason arrives in Texas fresh out of college. He’s there to fulfill his father’s dying wish to join his old partner, Jake Benson, in their cattle business. However, Jerry finds Jake broke after cattle rustlers stole most of his herd. To survive, Jake sold the remaining cattle to pay the bills; one of which covers his granddaughter Betty’s college expenses.

Instead of cattle, the dynamic duo open up a blacksmith shop to make ends meet. One day, while re-shoeing a horse, they find a gold nugget in a horse’s hoof. With the help of their faithful dog, they track down that source of the gold in a nearby creek.

Jerry and Jake decide to not file a claim on the gold in order to keep the source hidden, but when they return to town to sell it, they pick some disreputable assayers who buy it. Harris and Cole are rotten to the core. Not only are they the cattle rustlers that stole Jake and Jerry’s father’s cattle, but the men plan to get Jake to hand over the deed to his ranch.

The men then pressure the sheriff’s son, Al Miller, to get them the money he owes them from gambling at any cost. Al spots Jake walk into the bank to deposit the money he just got from selling some more gold. Al robs the bank immediately after the deposit. In doing so, Al nearly kills Williams, the bank manager. Jake, hearing the commotion, goes back in to the bank to check on Williams. That good deed gets him locked up for attempted murder.

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Lone Star Productions released The Lucky Texan to theaters on January 22, 1934. Robert N. Bradbury directs the film which stars John Wayne, Barbara Sheldon, and George 'Gabby' Hayes.

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