These are the John Wayne movies that are available from Mr. FAT-W Video:


DIGITALLY RESTORED AND UPGRADED "LONE STAR" WESTERNS

FILMS AROUND THE WORLD'S  John Wayne Western Package consists of a series of fifteen  western feature-length movies which starred John Wayne.  Produced at Monogram Studios, California, between 1933 and 1935, they were released as "Lone Star Westerns."  All starred John Wayne, and included in the casts famed stuntman Yakima Canutt and/or George Hayes.  During the making of this series, Wayne's familiar acting style was developed.  When the viewer shuts his eyes, he hears the familiar John Wayne drawl; when he opens them, he can see the familiar John Wayne walk and mannerisms.  Wayne and Yakima Canutt developed a number of stunts which eventually became part of every western movie.  Equally interesting is the evolution of George Hayes into the early stages of the grizzled prospector/sidekick character that was eventually known worldwide as "Gabby" Hayes.

All of the films in the series were in the public domain, either because they were never registered, or because they were registered and not renewed.  They are widely available from “PD” sources; however, without exception, the quality is extremely low, with most offerings being fourth, fifth, and even later generations of scratched and damaged release prints.  However, as recorded owner of the distribution rights, FATW owns the original negative materials, and used them as the basis for new masters, with materially improved sound and picture quality.  In addition, FATW removed the only music in the original films, which ran briefly at the beginning and end of each feature, and inserted new, original, copyrighted music “themes” (opening, chase, comedy, suspense, and so on) throughout the soundtracks, by Billy Barber, a noted keyboardist and composer.  “He is most noted for the theme song for All My Children in the 1990s as well as keyboardist for the jazz group Film & the BB’s with Jimmy Johnson (bassist) and Bill Berg.  His song “Little Things” has been covered by Ray Charles and The Oak Ridge Boys.  He has composed music for children’s videos, and numerous television and radio series including American Chronicles, Face the Nation and The Splendid Table.  He continues to create music that spans the genres of new age, jazz and fold.  The group known as The Barbers includes Billy and two of his children: Julia and Chris.” .  The new versions  were registered with the Copyright Office in August, 1985.  

The quality of the FATW versions is so superior to the PD versions, that they have been licensed for the U.S. to Sony Video Services, Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video, and Liberty Media (for The Western Channel), and for the U.K. to Turner Broadcasting.   

The movie plots are interesting and sometimes complicated, but always end up with the same basic messages:  The good guy wins out in the end, gets the girl, and vanquishes the bad guys.  From time to time, Wayne seems to be the bad guy, but turns out to be an undercover agent, or a look-alike.  At the time these films were made, there were no formal ratings -- all films that could be theatrically distributed to the general public, and these were no exceptions, were the equivalent of what would today be "G" movies.  Synopses follow.
    
BLUE STEEL  (1934)
C. 15 May 1934 Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4789
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-909
B&W   55 Mins. 

Director:         Robert N. Bradbury (as Robert Bradbury)
Writer:            Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay, as Robert Bradbury)
Producer:       Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:   Archie Stout
Editor:            Carl Pierson
Stunts:           Yakima Canutt, Allen Pomeroy
Music:            Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:              John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, George Cleveland, Elanaor Hunt, Edward Pell Sr., Lafe McKee, Earl Dwire, Silver Tip Baker, Barney Beasley, Hank Bell, Ralph Bucko, Horace B. Carpenter, Fern Emmett, Jack Evans, Herman Hack, Theodore Lorch, Bud McClure, Perry Murdock, George Nash, Herman Nowlin, Artie Ortego, Tex Phelps

"Blue Steel, is not so demanding of Wayne but it shows the same  appealing sense of youthful sincerity that marked the less intense moments of West of the Divide--the likable, gauche manner, awkward but genuine, the sideways smile or open-mouthed grin, the sense of a largely unexplored but real strength of personality. Wayne played the U.S. marshal who sees a robbery and is suspected of being the thief by the sheriff (a tobacco- chewing George Hayes, working towards his later comedy image).  The latter befriends him in the hope of uncovering evidence to use against him, not knowing his true identity. Eleanor Hunt, as Betty Mason, makes a most inept heroine whose father (an uncredited Lafe McKee) is killed off by the villains early in the film. Wayne is featured in some brisk action scenes, riding between two horses, scooping up the heroine after she's fallen off a horse, and taking on two men at a barn, suspending one by his feet from a rope and leaping down on the other--all in the process of dealing with a gang of bandits, organized by a leading citizen, who are trying to deprive a town's inhabitants of their property which extends over a valuable gold vein.  Besides doubling for Wayne in some of the stuntwork, Yakima Canutt appeared as one of the heavies, the Polka Dot Bandit. The conclusion shows Wayne riding off towards the mountains with the girl." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p.40)

DAWN RIDER, THE  (1935)
Copyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-904
B&W  53 Mins.    

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writers:           Robert N. Bradbury (screenplay), Lloyd Nosler, Wellyn Totman (story)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:            Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Jack Jones
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:               John Wayne, Marion Burns, Yakima Canutt, Reed Howes, Dennis Howes, Joseph De Grasse, Earl Dwire, Nelson McDowell, Chuck Baldra, Bert Dillard, Jack Evans, Herman Hack, Jack Jones, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker, Tex Phelps, Archie Ricks, James Sheridan

"Wayne was John Mason, the Westerner seeking to settle a score with the bandit who robbed an express office and shot down his father.  When Wayne stops a bullet, pretty Alice Gordon (Marion Burns)is on hand to nurse him back to health and she turns out to be the sister of the man (Denny Meadows) he is after."  (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 44)                                          

IMDb Review:
“John Mason is hit with a bullet. Alice who nurses him turns out to be the sister of the man Mason is looking for, the man who gunned down his father. When John Mason's father is killed, John is wounded. Attracted to his nurse Alice, a conflict arises between him and his friend Ben who plans to marry Alice. John later finds the killer of his father but goes to face him not knowing Ben has removed the bullets from his gun. This film is a remake of 1931's "Galloping Thru" which was directed by Lloyd Nolser and supervised by Paul Malvern from an original by Wellyn Totman. "The Dawn Trail", produced by Malvern, now gives the original film's director, Nosler, the story credit instead of Totman and rightly giving Nosler a more-correct screenplay credit. And, in 1938, Malvern makes the film again---"Western Trails" with Bob Baker--- and this time Norton S. Parker is given the story credit. Bottom line is Trem Carr and Paul Malvern bought it from Totman in 1931 and gave the Story credit to whoever wrote the screenplay on the two remakes, and writer Wellyn Totman loses two credits rightfully belonging to him. The 1938 remake subs the name "Bob Mason" for "John Mason"(in "The Dawn Trail") and all of the other main character names in "Western Trails" stayed the same. Check it out. The story has John Mason (John Wayne), after several seasons of punching cattle in Texas, coming back home to see his father, agent for the local freight line. He is not, as some summaries show, coming to town to avenge his father's death...his father ain't dead when he hits the city limits. On his way over to see his father, John bumps into Ben McClure (Reed Howes), they have a fight, Ben, a good-hearted fellow, decides the drinks are on him and he and John become fast friends in no time at all. John then decides to amble over to the freight office and call on his father, Dan Mason (Joe De Grasse), and arrives in the midst of a hold-up and the elder Mason is killed. John pursues the robbers and is shot from his horse. Badly wounded, he is taken to his new best-friend's cabin, and is nursed back to health by Ben's sweetheart(although she doesn't know this), Alice Gordon (Marion Burns)and, as Totman's original story and Nosler's swipe would have it, John and Alice fall in love, especially after she saves his life from a gang headed by her brother, Rudd (Dennis Moore as Denny Meadows), who held up the freight station and killed Mason's father. None of which John knows. Recovered, he suspects Ben, who is already miffed because John has stolen his sweetheart, even if neither John nor Alice are aware of Ben's claim. Rudd challenge John to a duel in the street and Ben, played with liquor supplied by Rudd and the gang member saloon owner (Yakima Canutt), goes off and removes the cartridges from John's gun. John picks up his gun and heads for town. John is out in the street, with an empty gun, about to face Rudd, whose gun isn't empty. All three versions of Totman's original story---no matter who was given the remake credit---are among the best(a relative term) of the B-Western genre. Well, in the case of "The Dawn Rider", the reference is to the original B&W Lone Star version, and not to the awful colorized video version that, for some unknown reason, has dubbed voices and a completely unneeded---not to mention bad---musical track added. Make sure and get the original B&W Lone Star version.”

DESERT TRAIL, THE  (1935)
Copyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-910
B&W  57 Mins.   

Director:         Lewis D. Collins (as Cullen Lewis)
Writer:            Lindsley Parsons (story and screenplay)
Producer:       Paul Malvern
Cinematog:    Archie Stout
Editor:            Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Jack Jones, Wally West 
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:               John Wayne, Mary Kornman, Paul Fix, Eddy Chandler, Carmen Laroux, Lafe McKee, Al Ferguson, Henry Hall, Silver Tip Baker, Frank Ball, Frank Brownlee, Tommy Coats, Dick Dickinson, Frank Ellis, Jack Evans, Olin Francis, Herman Hack, Ray Henderson, Theodore Lorch, Lew Meehan, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker, Archie Ricks, Wally West

"The Desert Trail presented Wayne as a star performer in rodeos called John Scott.  With his gambler friend Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler, dispensing the light relief) he is wrongly suspected of having committed a hold- up.  Local feeling against them runs so high that the pair quit town in haste.  They suspect two others (Paul Fix, Al Ferguson) of having framed them and follow the two men to Poker City.  A small complication arises when Wayne takes a shine to a girl (Mary Kornman) who works in a local store and who is the sister of one of the suspects, but Wayne manages to clear his name and retain her affections." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 44)                                       
LAWLESS FRONTIER, THE  (1935)
C. 7 Jan. 1935  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP5243
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-  Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-915
B&W  52 Mins. 

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writer:             Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Charles R. Hunt (as Charles Hunt)
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Tommy Coats, Eddie Parker
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:              John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Sheila Terry, Jack Rickwell, Jay Wilsey, Gordon De Main, Earl Dwire, Tommy Coats, Herman Hack, Arthur Millett, Artie Ortego, Lloyd Whitlock

"...The Lawless Frontier, cast Wayne as John Tobin with Robert Bradbury directing his own script.  Here Wayne was out to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of a Mexican outlaw called Zanti (Earl Dwire, somewhat miscast).  Wayne teams up with Dusty, an oldtimer played by George Hayes (a sympathetic part again) who has also suffered from Zanti's actions and, together with Dusty's daughter (Shiela Terry), they bring the bandit's career to an end." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 42)

LUCKY TEXAN, THE  (1934)
C. 15 Jan. 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4790
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-905
B&W  55 Mins.

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury
Writer:             Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Carl Pierson   
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:                John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Barbara Sheldon, Lloyd Whitlock, Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker, Gordon De Main, Earl Dwire (Uncredited: Tommy Costs, Phil Dunham, Jack Evans, John Ince, Julie Kingdon, George Morrell, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Tex Phelps,  John Rockwell, Wally Wales) 

"The Lucky Texan starred Wayne as Jerry Mason, the man who comes West after leaving college and joins up with his late father's partner, Jake Benson (George Hayes, in a completely sympathetic part).  The two men stumble across a creek rich in gold, but have to deal with two claimjumpers (played by Lloyd Whitlock and Yakima Canutt)." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 38)
    
MAN FROM UTAH, THE  (1934)
C. 15 June 1934 Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4800
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-912
B&W  53 Mins.      

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writer:             Lindsley Parsons (story and screenplay)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Carl Pierson
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:                John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, George Cleveland, Polly Ann Young, Anita Campillo, Edward Peil Sr., Lafe McKee, Silver Tip Baker, Phil Dunham, Earl Dwire, Sam Garrett, Herman Hack, Bud McClure, Perry Murdock, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Tex Phelps, Archie Ricks

"The Man From Utah opened vigorously with Wayne's John Weston stepping into a fight on the side of the law in a small town but refusing the job of deputy sheriff as he is on his way to deal with a gang who are exploiting a rodeo.  There he enters a horse-riding contest and, urged by the outlaws to lose the race to mutual benefit, he sets out to win after removing a needle coated with deadly snake poison and planted in his saddle.  The rodeo background introduced some variety into the series but Wayne dealt predictably with the outlaws and won the hand of a judge's daughter (Polly Ann Young)." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p.40)

‘NEATH THE ARIZONA SKIES (1934)
C. 15 Jan. 1935  Monogram Pictures Corp. LP5249
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-895
B&W  54 Mins.  

Director:          Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)
Writer:             Burl R. Tuttle (story “Gun Glory”) story and writer (as Burl Tuttle)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Charles J. Hung (as Charles Hunt),m Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker, Allen Pomeroy, Jay Wilsey
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)     
Cast:               John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Sheila  Terry, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jack Rockwell, Harry L. Fraser, Jay Wilsey,  Philip Kieffer, Frank Hakk Crane, Earl Dwire, Billy Franey, Herman Hack, George Morrell, Artie Ortego, Eddie Parker, Tex Phelps, Allen Pomeroy

" 'Neath Arizona Skies presented Wayne as Chris Morrell, the guardian of a half-caste girl, Nina (Shirley Ricketts).  She is the heir to some land rich in oil.  Wayne is helping her to locate her missing father and when bandits attack them Nina escapes and Wayne is left for dead, his clothes exchanged for those of a notorious bank robber.  When heroine Clara Moore (Sheila Terry) discovers him, she believes in his story despite recognizing the clothes as those of a wanted man.  Eventually bandits capture both Clara and Nina but Wayne outwits the gang and calls in a posse to round them up.  The bandit leader manages to take off with Nina leaving Wayne, in time-honored fashion, to set out after him alone and overpower him following a battle in the middle of a river." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 42)

PARADISE CANYON  (1935)
Copyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-914
B&W  55 Mins.   

Director:          Carl Pierson (as Carl L. Pierson)
Writers:           Lindsley Parsons (story), Robert Emmett Tansey (as Robert Emmett)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:            Gerald Roberts (as Jerry Roberts)
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:               John Wayne, Yakima Canutt, Marion Burns, Earle Hodgins, Gino Corrado, Perry Murdock, Gordon Clifford, Henry Hall, Chuck Baldra, Bob Burns, Horace B. Carpenter, Joe Dominguez, Earl Dwire, John F. Goodrich, Herman Hack, George Morrell, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker, Tex Phelps, James Sheridan


"With the last of the set, Paradise Canyon, Wayne was back to undercover work for the Federal government, playing John Wyatt who is assigned to ferret out a gang of counterfeiters working along the Mexican border.  Doctor Carter (Earle Hodgins) is a prime suspect, so Wayne joins his traveling medicine show, and, along with developing an interest in Carter's daughter (Marion Burns), shows that Carter has been an innocent tool of the real villains, led by the notorious Curly Joe (Yakima Canutt).  With the help of a group of Mexican rurales, Wayne soon brings the culprits to justice."  (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 44)
                                                                  
RANDY RIDES ALONE  (1934)
C. 9 July 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4844
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-913
B&W  53 Mins.

Director:         Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)
Writer:            Lindsley Parsons (story and screenplay)
Producer:       Paul Malvern
Cinematog:    Archie Stout
Editor:            Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Tommy Coats    
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:               John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Alberta Vaughn, Earl Dwire, Artie Ortego, Tex Phelps, Horace B. Carpenter, Tommy Coats, Herman Hack, Murdock MacQuarrie, Perry Murdock, Tex Palmer, Mack V. Wright

"While Robert N. Bradbury had directed all [of the films in this group] to this point, Wayne's next, Randy Rides Alone, was entrusted to Harry Fraser and this may be the reason that he does deliver some of his lines clumsily in this one.  As the lone rider called Randy Bowers, Wayne is accused of murder and attempted robbery but is released from jail by the trusting heroine, Sally Roberts (Alberta Vaughn), to sort out the real villains, a gang led by a mysterious figure who spends most of the time masquerading as one of the townsfolk, Matt the Mute.  Played by George Hayes, this cunning character has padded his figure to pass himself off as a hunchback and is prone to impede the progress of the film no end by laboriously writing out messages that, except for his disguise, he could perfectly well speak.  The film is slackly shot and edited but I like the moment when Wayne stumbles into the secret lair of the villains behind a waterfall.  They want to know how he got there.  'I fell in!' snaps the soaking-wet Wayne, as though daring them  to make something out of it.  Who does he work for, they ask.  'Nobody,' he replies brusquely, adding (to justify the film's title) 'I ride alone.' Wayne's walk in this film has a lazy air of increasing confidence, and he is seen twirling his six-shooter with professional ease before taking aim at the portrait on a wanted poster and shooting out the eyes to demonstrate his marksmanship...." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 40)
    
RIDERS OF DESTINY  (1933)
C. 22 Jan. 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4427
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-903
B&W  52 Mins.

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury
Writer:             Robert N. Bradbury (story, as R.N. Bradbury)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Carl Pierson
Stunts:              Yakima Canutt, Jack Jones, Eddie Barber
 Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)       
Cast:                John Wayne, George “Gabby” Hayes, Al. St. John, Ceceilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, Heinie Conklin, Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire, Lafe McKee, Addie Foster, Silver Tip Baker, Horace B. Carpenter, William Dyer, Fern Emmett, Si Jenks, Bert Lindley, Herman Nowlin, Tex Palmer, Hal Price

"Monogram [Pictures Corp.] initially broached the idea of making Wayne a singing cowboy and created the character of 'Singin' Sandy' Saunders for the first of the batch, Riders of Destiny.  There had been songs in westerns previously--in some of the early sound Ken Maynard pictures line Sons of the Saddle (1930) and also in such big-budget specials as In Old Arizona (1929)--but it was a novel addition for such cheap pictures as Monogram planned.  It presented one major difficulty.  Wayne could not sing.  His own limited baritone wouldn't do and so he merely mouthed the words of his songs while singer Smith Ballew loaned his voice out of camera range.  Even Wayne's apparent guitar-playing was provided by an expert off-screen.  The results, seen today, are somewhat hilarious as Wayne walks along facing the camera with a look of strained nonchalance on his features as a completely inappropriate voice mumbles a song about how 'There'll be blood a-running in town before night' and a bystander mercifully interrupts the warbling to point him out as 'Singin' Sandy--the most notorious gunman since Billy the Kid!'  Wayne must have been much happier living up to that description in an archetypal main street shootout with the lean, mean figure of Slip Morgan (Earl Dwire), forcefully delivering the line 'Make it fast, Slippery, this is your last draw!' What finally put paid to Monogram's musical hopes was Wayne's acute embarrassment when he made some personal appearances only to be met with his fans' demands that he should regale them with a rendering of 'The Desert Song' and other favorites.  He protested to the studio and--apart from briefly 'singing' at the start of The Man From Utah and in Westward Ho--his days as a threat to the likes of Bing Crosby were over with the release of Riders of Destiny.  (Shortly afterwards, the same studio recruited the leading hillbilly recording artist, Gene Autry, and made him into a cowboy singer with immensely profitable results.)

"In Riders of Destiny, however 'notorious' he seemed, Wayne was really a government man working undercover.  He drifts into a small town where the local ranchers are being victimized by Kincaid (Forrest Taylor) who controls the water supply and is out to take over their land.  Somewhat appropriately, Kincaid ends up being drowned and Wayne's Singin' Sandy is rewarded for his triumph over the villains by gaining the love of one of Kincaid's intended victims (Cecilia Parker)."  (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 37)

SAGEBRUSH TRAIL, THE  (1933)
C. 1 Dec. 1933  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4406
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-906
B&W  53 Mins.    

Director:         Armand Schaefer
Writers:          Lindsley Parsons and Will Beale (story), Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
Producer:       Paul Malvern
Exec.Prod.:    Trem Carr
Cinematog:    Archie Stout
Editor:            Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Canutt, Jack Jones, Eddie Parker
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:               John Wayne, Lane Chandler, Nancy Shubert, Wally Wales, Lane Chandler, Yakima Canutt, Henry Hall, Art Mix, Bob Burns, Ted Adams, Silver Tip Baker, Hank Bell, William Dyer, Julie Kingdon, Tex Phelps, Hal Price, Archie Ricks, Robert Walker, Blackjack Ward, Slim Whitaker

"The [second film in the series] Sagebrush Trail, presents Wayne as the cowboy wrongly imprisoned on a murder charge who escapes from jail and joins up with some desperadoes, hoping to run across the real killer.  He befriends a member of the gang, Bob Jones (Lane Chandler), not knowing that Jones is the man he is seeking.  Jones, however, suspects him and, being jealous of his interest in a girl (Nancy Shubert), decides to expose Wayne's John Brant to the gang.  However, the girl shows him how Wayne has been a loyal friend, and, Jones saves Wayne at the cost of his own life."(John Wayne, Allen Eyles,1979,p.37) 

STAR PACKER, THE  (1934)
C. 15 Aug. 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP5280
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-911
B&W  53 Mins.    

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writer:             Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay, as R.N. Bradbury)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Carl Pierson
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)   
Cast:                John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Vernie Hillie, Billy Franey, Eddie Parker, Earl Dwire, Thomas G. Lingham  (Uncredited: Davie Aldrich, Frank Ball, George Cleveland, Arthur Millett, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Glenn Strange)

"Back under Bradbury's direction [after one film directed by Harry Fraser] Wayne is in better form generally in his next, The Star Packer, but finds it difficult when he has to pause to think out a point, his features overdoing the effort of thought and the dawning of the answer; he is also rather less than forceful when, as sheriff, he issues orders to the townsmen.  Wayne is first seen riding into town as John Travers and learning of the trouble caused by a gang working for a figure known only as The Shadow.  Matlock, a leading citizen (played by George Hayes) in effect denounces himself when he complains of the gang's activities because he is in reality the criminal mastermind.  Wayne, eyes narrowing to a squint, looks around and declares 'If it's just the same with you folks, I'll take the job of sheriff'; there are no objections and he sets about exposing the villains.  The action climax is quite vigorously staged and lavish for this series with over twenty players on the screen at the same time.  Quite apart from the double identity (more borrowed from the world of serials than a standard Western device), the villain also has a secret tunnel under main street which ends in a phoney-looking tree trunk most improbably located in the road.  For a change, Yakima Canutt appears as Yak, a friendly Indian, who is seen at the fade-out teaching a young boy some native tricks watched by an amused Wayne and heroine (Verna Hillie)." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 40)

TEXAS TERROR  (1935)
C. 8 Feb. 1935  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP5367
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.- Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-902
B&W  54 Mins.    

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writer:             Robert N. Bradbury (story, as R.N. Bradbury)
Producer:        Paul Malvern
Cinematog.:    William Hyer, Archie Stout
Editor:             Carl Pierson
Stunts:            Yakima Cannutt, Jack Jones, Eddie Parker
Music:             Billy Barber (1985 version)    
Cast:               John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Lucille Browne, Leroy Mason, Fern Emmett, Jay Wilsey, John Ince, Henry Roquemore, Jack Duffy, Frank Ball, Bert Dillard, Julia Griffith, Jack Jones, Bobby Nelson, Bert O’Hara, Artie Ortego, George Ovey, Tex Palmer, Tex Phelps, Bud Pope

"In Texas Terror, Wayne was the young sheriff who believes that he has killed his best friend by accident during a shootout with a band of bank robbers.  Filled with remorse, he surrenders his badge to go and dedicate himself to the solitary life of the prospector.  However, he comes across the dead man's sister (Lucille Brown) who has been in a stagecoach hold-up and rounds up the robbers.  He then starts to help the girl run her ranch until she learns about his past and it takes Wayne's discovery that Joe Dickson (LeRoy Mason) was really responsible for her brother's death to set matters straight." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 42)

TRAIL BEYOND, THE  (1934)
C. 15 Sept. 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP5281
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-908
B&W  57 Mins. 

Director:          Robert N. Bradbury (as Robert Bradbury)
Writers:           James Oliver Curwood (novel “The Wold Hunters”), Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
Producer:        Paul Marlvern
Cinematog.:    Archie Stout
Editor:             Charles R. Hunt (as Charles Hunt)
Stunts:             Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker   
Music:              Billy Barber (1985 version)     
Cast:                John Wayne, Noah Beery (as Noah Beery, Sr.), Noah Beery, Jr., Verna Hillie, Robert Frazer, Iris Lancaster, James A. Marcus, Eddie Parker, Earl Dwire, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer

"All the preceding films [in this series] were based on original scripts, but The Trail Beyond was actually  drawn from a novel The Wolf Hunters by a popular author of stories about the North-West, James Oliver Curwood, making this something of a special for the series with the increased costs of acquiring the novel's rights and other changes that result.  The most noticeable is the more impressive background of timber country with snowy mountains in the far distance and vigorous winds.  But the director is still Robert Bradbury and the plot creaks with the usual contrivances.  Wayne plays Rod Drew who helps his half-breed college chum Wabi (Noah Beery Jr.) escape from the clutches of some cardsharps on a train journey.  When they try to frame the death of one of the card players on Wabi, Wayne and the half- breed leap from the train into a river as it crosses a bridge.  Wayne has been on his way to find a missing girl, and, while fleeing from a posse with Wabi, quickly (and coincidentally) stumbles on the trail that will eventually lead him to her when he discovers two skeletons in a shack and a map which shows a hidden gold mine.  A bunch of villains try to get hold of the map, but Wayne pitches in to stop them kidnaping a girl who knows the combination of the safe in which it has been deposited at the store run by Newsome (Noah Beery Sr.).  Captured by the gang, Wayne escapes when left alone by knocking a candle in a glass holder to the ground and cutting the ropes binding him with the broken glass.  A canoe chase follows with Wayne dropping into the water to deal with the villains pursuing him, then rushing along the bank to pull a wounded Mountie clear of a canoe before it can crash over a waterfall.  As the gang are massing to attack the Newsome store and gain the map, Wayne  rides off to bring help from a Mountie post and returns in time to scatter the villains and go after their leader Jules LaRocque (Robert Frazer), dislodging him from a buckboard and rolling down a hillside.  Just as La Rocque has a chance to knife Wayne in the back, the Mountie arrives to repay Wayne for saving his life earlier by shooting the villain.  Wabi's innocence is now established and he is last seen waving as Wayne and Newsome's daughter Felice (Verna Hillie) take a canoe trip on a lake together, accompanied by the usual fadeout burst of music.

"Besides the improvement over the usual nondescript scenery, the film offers the novelty of canoes being used in place of horses for transport and chases.  The photography even aspires to one or two striking shots of sunlight streaming through the trees as LaRocque's men fire on the store at the climax, and clearly there was an extended schedule allowing more than the usual number of camera set-ups.  There is a well above average number of extras riding in the climactic scenes and more stuntwork with horses than usual--a number of falls rather isolated from the rest of the action in the climax, and earlier two dives on horseback into a river from a height, one shown from above, the other from the side (perhaps the same stunt with two cameras).  These benefits seemed to have impressed contemporary viewers but [the film] is too underdeveloped in characterization and too weakly plotted to rise more than marginally above the general standard of the series and whatever the reason for splashing out on this occasion, it was a once-only move and the series promptly settled down into its customary modest groove." (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 41)

WEST OF THE DIVIDE  (1934)
C. 1 Feb. 1934  Monogram Pictures Corp.  LP4689
Recopyrighted 21 August 1985 by Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc.-Classics Associates, Inc. Joint Venture  PA266-907
B&W  54 Mins.    

Director:         Robert N. Bradbury
Writers:          Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay), Oliver Drake (story)
Producer:       Paul Malvern
Cinematog:    Archie Stout
Editor:           Carl Pierson
Stunts:           Yakima Canutt, Jack Jones, Eddie Parner
Music:            Billy Barber (1985 version)   
 
Cast:         John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Virginia Brown Faire (as Virginia Faire Brown), Lloyd Whitlock, Lafe McKee, Billy O’Brien, Dick Dickinson, Earl Dwire, Horace B. Carpenter, Phillip Kieffer, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Archie Ricks, Wally Wales, Blackie Whiteford 

"West of the Divide was the fourth of the series, and the best of several viewed in the writing of this book.  It is revealing to find in Wayne's performance moments of the same intensity of feeling as he brought to later work.  In a sequence near the start, he is seen hunkered at a camp, his eyes narrowed and fixed on the far distance, as he recalls for his sidekick (George Hayes) the time when he was left for dead as a youth alongside the body of his murdered father.  It's a long monologue, delivered not flatly but with variations of tone, Wayne's voice hardening as he says:  "And then somebody laughed...I'll never forget that laugh...it was the laugh of a crazy man.'  (Not unexpectedly, it is a laugh he is soon to hear again!)  Later on, when Wayne says a quite ordinary line, "I've seen that fella somewhere... but I can't think when,' he draws out the last five words a little as though searching his memory as he speaks, avoiding a straightforward reading that would have been sufficient.  Still later, he fights a bully after witnessing his ill-treatment of a boy (who later turns out to be his long-lost brother), and a muscle twitches in his cheek as he concludes by warning:  "If you ever whip that kid again, I'll break every bone in your carcass!'  I don't mean to suggest that Wayne was giving a startlingly good performance, only that he was clearly a working actor, making the  most of his lines instead of just reading them, and building up a useful reservoir of technique for later use.
                                                                   
"In West  of the Divide Wayne gains the confidence of the villain Gentry (Lloyd Whitlock) by assuming the identity of a wanted outlaw and joining his gang.  After saving an elderly ranch owner (Lafe McKee) from the attentions of the badmen, he is able to confront Gentry as the murderer of his father.  Repeating his grim memories of that childhood incident, he concludes ominously, '...but I lived, lived to even up the score!'  And he does just that in an elaborate indoor fight, himself visibly performing a backward somersault, the fracas ending with Gentry being knocked right through a large paned window.  Though strong in action, our hero is hesitant in love, and it takes his kid brother (Billy O'Brien) to propose for him to the rancher's daughter (Virginia Brown Faire)."  (John Wayne, Allen Eyles, 1979, p. 38)                     

                                                                
OTHER FEATURES


ANGEL AND THE BADMAN
1947, 100 Mins.; B&W

C. 26 December 1946, LP 840, Republic Pictures


Director:           James Edward Grant

2nd Unit Dir.:    Yakima Canutt

Asst.Dir:            Harvey Dwight 

Writer:               James Edward Grant

Producers:        John Wayne, Cataline Soler

Music:               Richard Hageman

Cinematog.:     Archie Stout

Editor:              Harry Keller

Stunts:              Richard Farnsworth, Fred Graham, John Wayne, John Hudkins,  Ben Johnson, Chuck Roberson, Jack Stoney, Ken Terrell, Henry Wills 


Cast:                John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Irene Rich, Lee Dixon, Stephen Grant,  Tom Powers, Paul Hurst, Olin Howland, John Halloran, Joan Barton, Craig Woods, Marshall Reed


IMDb Storyline:  "Notorious gunman Quirt Evans is wounded and on the run. He arrives at a Quaker farm owned by Thomas Worth and his family where he collapses from exhaustion. Evans asks Thomas and his daughter Penelope to drive him into town in their wagon in order to send an urgent telegram. The telegram contains a land claim and is sent to the land recorder's office. The Quaker family is ignoring the town doctor's advice to rid themselves of the gunfighter and they compassionately tend to the delirious Evans. Penny Worth becomes intrigued by his ravings of past loves.When Evans regains consciousness, Penny explains to him about the Quaker credo of non-violence and way of life. Three weeks later, two desperadoes, Laredo Stevens and Hondo Jeffries, ride into town looking for Evans.Penny's younger brother, Johnny, rushes home to inform Evans of his visitors and Evans prepares to flee. Penny, now smitten with Evans, offers to run off with him. Upon hearing the sound of approaching horses, Evans grabs his...  "


IMDb Review:  "A famous gunfighter (John Wayne) is wounded in crossfire and a quaker family cares him and heals . During recuperation the daughter named Penelope Worth (Gail Russell) has a romance and falls in love for him . She eventually humanizing the gunslinger . And he has to choose between his violent world or the pacifist existence in which Penelope Worth lives . Meanwhile , he'll have to confront a malicious ringleader (Bruce Cabot) and his henchmen . This well-handled production is a thoughtful Western but with average budget . By time this western was popular with the public . The film has rider pursuits , stampedes , shootouts , struggles and an agreeable love story . John Wayne gives one of the best interpretations of his long career . Bruce Cabot as Wayne's friend has an important and well featured role , he's habitual in his films . Gail Russell shined in the role as Penelope and provided a great acting . Rare and enjoyable beauty , she was to be groomed one of Paramout's top stars , but the alcohol took her and she was found dead and it attributed to the drinking . Gail was only 36 years old . Had it not been for the alcohol , Gail's career could have been one of the biggest . Besides, there appears Harry Carey Sr. as a tough sheriff , Carey was a veteran actor who played numerous Western . The motion picture is finely directed by the Wayne's usual screenwriter named James Edward Grant . There's also a lousy version in computer-colored . The flick will appeal to John Wayne fans and Western moviegoers . Rating : Nice and well worth watching . "


HELL TOWN (a/k/a BORN TO THE WEST)

1937; B&W; 59 Mins.


Director:            Charles Barton

​Producers:         William T. Lackey, William LeBaron

Cinematog.:       Devereaux Jennings (as Dev Jennings)

Editor:                John F. Link Sr. 

Writers:             Stuart Anthony and Robert Yost (screenplay), Zane Grey (novel),

                            Jack Natteford (additional dialogue) 

Cast:                   John Wayne, Marsha Hunt, Johnny Mack Brown, John Patterson, Monte Blue,

Lucien Littlefield, Johnny Boyle, James Craig, Jack Daley, Earl Dwire, Al Ferguson, Jack Kennedy,

Nick Lukats, Art Mix, Vester Pegg, Lee Prather, Syd Saylor, Jim Thorpe, Henry Wills


IMDb Storyline:  "Dare Rudd and Dinkey Hooley, roaming cowhands, drift into Montana, where they meet Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, cattleman and banker. Tom offers them jobs but they pass, until Dare sees Tom's sweetheart, Judy Worstall and decides to take the job. He is put in charge of a cattle drive, replacing ranch-foreman Lynn Hardy, who is in cahoots with Bart Hammond, rustler. Dare delivers the cattle to the railhead and is about to return when he is persuaded into a poker game by Buck Brady, a crooked gambler. Dare is almost cleaned out when Tom appears and takes a hand and discovers the dealer is switching decks.                


McCLINTOCK!
1963; 127 Mins.; Color
Director:           Andrew V. McLaglen
Producer:          Michael Wayne
Writer:              James Edward Grant

Music:                Frank DeVol

Cinematog.:       William H. Clothier
Editor:                Otho Lovering, Bill Lewis
Production Co.:  Batjac Productions
Distributor:         United Artists

Cast:                  John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, Yvonne De Carlo, Jerry Van Dyke, Edgar Buchanan, Bruce Cabot, Perry Lopez,  Strother Martin, Gordon Jones, Robert Lowery, Hank Worden, Mari Blanchard, Chuck Roberson, Bob Steele,

Aissa Wayne


IMDb Storyline:  "George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He's also surprised to see that his wife Katherine has also returned. She had left him some years before without really explaining what he done but she does make the point of saying that she's returned to take their daughter back to the State Capitol with her. GW is highly respected by everyone around him including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone.  

Wikipedia:  "McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring John Wayne, with co-stars including Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, and Wayne's son Patrick Wayne. The film, produced by Wayne's company Batjac Productions, was loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Cattle baron George Washington "G.W." McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from wife Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. When he isn't playing chess or breaking his own record for throwing a hat up onto the longhorn-shaped weather vane at the top of his house every time he comes home drunk, McLintock keeps busy with the ranch. He hires attractive widow Louise Warren (Yvonne De Carlo) as his cook and welcomes both her and her two children into his home, including grown son Dev (Patrick Wayne), who is handy with his fists. McLintock butts heads with a local gadfly, Matt Douglas, and Territorial Governor Cuthbert Humphrey, a sleazy bureaucrat who is looking to discredit McLintock, settle the territory, and remove the local Comanche Indians. Sparks begin to fly as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack ... and the return of Mrs. McLintock, who wants custody over their daughter Becky (Stefanie Powers) (returning from college) and a divorce from G.W. Becky comes home from school with her banjo-playing love interest, "Junior" Douglas (Jerry Van Dyke), but soon falls for Dev after he takes her across his knee and spanks her with a coal shovel. McLintock approves of their engagement as does Mrs. Warren, then pursues Katherine through the streets and shops of town until he spanks her bottom with a coal shovel and she submits."

"The film was shot at Old Tucson Studios, west of Tucson, Arizona and also at San Rafael Ranch House - San Rafael State Natural Area South of Patagonia, Arizona.

"The score was composed by Frank De Vol, using the name De Vol, as he often did. The title song was performed by folk singing group The Limeliters.

"The film was a box-office success, and a timely one, since The Alamo had cost Wayne in both financial and "box-office capital" terms. McLintock! grossed $14,500,000 in North America, earning $7.25 million in US theatrical rentals. It was the 11th highest grossing film of 1963. According to Bosley Crowther, "the broadly comic Western ... sounded like a promising idea"; "the scenery is opulent and the action out-of-doors, the color lush and the cast made up almost entirely of recruits from John Ford's long cinematic cycle commemorating the tradition of the American frontier." since "the direction was entrusted to a relative newcomer, Victor McLaglen's television-trained son, Andrew V. McLaglen ... good intentions, when the task at hand is as difficult as lusty farce, are not enough." Emanuel Levy, in a review years after the film's release, said the film is "significant because it marks the beginning of Wayne's attempt to impose his general views, not just political ones, on his pictures. Most of Wayne's screen work after McLintock! would express his opinions about education, family, economics, and even friendship."

"Richard Wormser wrote a novelization of the screenplay.

"Produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions for United Artists, John Wayne's estate retained the rights to the film. In 1994, a legal case determined the film was in the public domain in the United States, but the music score remained under copyright."


NOTE:  The copywritten music is in the scene where Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne are in the ranch house living room; all but the first five bars of the song have been deleted from the sound track of the Mr. FAT-W Video release.  It was mastered from a 35MM theatrical print, and then digitally upgraded.


​                                            THE "THREE MUSKETEERS" SERIAL


THE THREE MUSKETEERS was a 1933 theatrical Serial, B&W, produced by Nat Levine’s Mascot Pictures, with twelve chapters.  The Mr. FAT-W Video release has broken the twelve down into four separate DVD volumes.  We believe that it is the best restoration from film that exists for this series.  One reason for the series’ continuing popularity is that it co-stars young John Wayne, but the cast has a number of other well-known actors of the day, including Lon Chaney, Jr., Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman, Noah Beery, Jr., and as both an actor and stuntman, Yakima Canutt. The only relatonship of the series to the famed Dumas story, is that there are three pals who adhere to the motto “One for all, and all for one.”


Wikipedia: “THE THREE MUSKETEERS was a 1933 theatrical Serial, B&W, produced by Nat Levine’s Mascot Pictures, with twelve chapters.  The Mr. FAT-W Video release has broken the twelve down into four separate DVD volumes.  We believe that it is the best restoration from film that exists for this series.  One reason for the series’ continuing popularity is that it co-stars young John Wayne, but the cast has a number of other well-known actors of the day, including Lon Chaney, Jr., Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman, Noah Beery, Jr., and as both an actor and stuntman, Yakima Canutt.  The only relatonship of the series to the famed Dumas story, is that there are three pals who adhere to the motto “One for all, and all for one.” 

Wikipedia: “The Three Musketeers is a 1933 film serial produced by Mascot Pictures which updates Dumas' The Three Musketeers by setting the story in contemporary North Africa. The Musketeers are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion, and D'Artagnan (renamed Lt. Tom Wayne and played by John Wayne), is a pilot in the United States military. The supporting cast features Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman, Jr., Lon Chaney, Jr. and Noah Beery, Jr. In 1946 Republic Pictures edited the serial into a feature film called Desert Command.  When Lt. Wayne is framed for the murder of his fiancé's brother, Armand Corday (Lon Chaney, Jr.), he vows to capture the real killer, a mysterious Arab terrorist known only as El Shaitan. He is aided by the Three Musketeers: Clancy (an Irishman always spoiling for a fight), Renard, and Schmidt (who loves sausages). Nicknamed the "Devil of the Desert", El Shaitan leads a desert cult and a secret society against French authorities, with a meeting point called Devil's Circle. He remains a shadowy figure, hiding his face and his true identity, as a result of which many people are mistakenly suspected of being El Shaitan, while other characters impersonate him for their own ends....  The Three Musketeers was loosely adapted from the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père and updated to a contemporary time period. The Three Musketeers are legionnaires in the French Foreign Legion: Clancy (Irish), Renard (French) and Schmidt (German). The D'Artagnan character is Tom Wayne, an American aviator played by John Wayne, who rescues the three from attacking Arabs while flying over the desert.”

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, VOLUME 1   B&W; 65 Mins.  

                       Episode 1: The Fiery Circle.

                       Episode 2: One for All and All for One.

                       Episode 3: The Master Spy

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, VOLUME 2    B&W; 47 Mins.  

                       Episode 4: Pirates of the Desert.

                       Episode 5: Rebels' Rifles.

                       Episode 6: Death's Marathon 

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, VOLUME 3  B&W;  50 Mins.

                      Episode 7: Naked Steel.

                      Episode 8: The Master Strikes.

                      Episode 9: The Fatal Cave 

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, VOLUME 4 B&W; 46 Mins.

                      Episode 10: Trapped.

                      Episode 11: The Measure of a Man.

                      Episode 12: The Glory of Comrades


MR. FAT-W VIDEO DVDs STARRING JOHN WAYNE

John Wayne is truly an American icon.  Between 1926 and 1976, Wayne appeared in over 170 motion pictures, and became one of America's biggest box office stars.  Wikipedia: "While working for Fox Film Corporation in bit roles, Wayne was given on-screen credit as "Duke Morrison" only once... Director Raoul Walsh saw him moving studio furniture while working as a prop boy and cast him in his first starring role in The Big Trail (1930). For his screen name, Walsh suggested "Anthony Wayne", after Revolutionary War general "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Fox Studios chief Winfield Sheehan rejected it as sounding "too Italian". Walsh then suggested "John Wayne". Sheehan agreed, and the name was set. Wayne was not even present for the discussion. His pay was raised to $105 a week.... He appeared in the serial The Three Musketeers (1933), an updated version of the Alexandre Dumas novel in which the protagonists were soldiers in the French Foreign Legion in then-contemporary North Africa. He played the lead, with his name over the title, in many low-budget Poverty Row Westerns, mostly at Monogram Pictures and serials for Mascot Pictures Corporation. By Wayne's own estimation, he appeared in about 80 of these horse operas from 1930 to 1939.[26] In Riders of Destiny (1933), he became one of the first singing cowboys of film, albeit via dubbing.  Wayne also appeared in some of the Three Mesquiteers Westerns, whose title was a play on the Dumas classic. He was mentored by stuntmen in riding and other Western skills. Stuntman Yakima Canutt and Wayne developed and perfected stunts and onscreen fisticuffs techniques which are still in use.  Wayne's breakthrough role came with John Ford's Stagecoach (1939). Because of Wayne's B-movie status and track record in low-budget Westerns throughout the 1930s, Ford had difficulty getting financing for what was to be an A-budget film. After rejection by all the main studios, Ford struck a deal with independent producer Walter Wanger in which Claire Trevor—a much bigger star at the time—received top billing. Stagecoach was a huge critical and financial success, and Wayne became a mainstream star."


Mr. FAT-W Video has a number of John Wayne movies.  We should note that while most of his early Western movies are in the public domain, Films Around the World has legitimate distribution rights to fifteen of his "Lone Star" Monogram Westerns, and owns the original nitrate negative and print materials for them.  The budgets were extremely modest, reflected in limited sound work.  The Mr. FAT-W masters incorporate extensive technical work on the "one mike" sound tracks.  The original releases had scratchy public domain music only at the opening and closing credits; Films Around the World commissioned famed composer/performer William Barber to create a number of unique music "themes" which were then woven throughout the tracks under his supervision.  All of the improved versions have been registered for copyright, and are available only on the Mr. FAT-W Video label.  Other John Wayne movies available, have been digitally mastered and upgraded.  All of our John Wayne titles are available from Amazon.com and many other online resellers; in addition, all of them will eventually be available from the FATW eBay Store.  These are the links to our listings on Amazon.com, and to our eBay store: