“ Genre: War & Western - Western / Theatrical Release: 1934 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Robert N. Bradbury / Actors: John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Yakima Canutt, George Cleveland ... / DVD released 2009-04-27 at Brightspark Productions / Features of the DVD: Black & White, Colour, PAL „
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I really must be a glutton for punishment as I gain let hubby pick the film, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel as we are nearly through his vast John Wayne collection so the more I watch the quicker we well be at the end! This film was made just before 'Stagecoach' and it saw Wayne being spotted by John Ford and casting him in the role for Stagecoach which made the start of his incredible career.
In The Man From Utah John Wayne plays the role of John Weston who turns up in a town looking for work but is soon finding himself the new deputy and being given a job by the sheriff. Weston finds himself entering a rodeo where notorious gang are said to be cheating so their own men win. Weston has to enter the rodeo to try and uncover the truth behind the gang and if they really are killing off the competition.
Weston heads off for the Rodeo and on the way he rescues a stagecoach which has come under attack, inside this stage is the daughter of towns Judge who takes a liking to Weston and her and her father ask him to ride in the Rodeo for them but Weston has to refuse which upsets the woman.
Will Weston manage to ride in the rodeo and uncover the gang members and their tricks and will the Daughter ever forgive him for letting her down?
Well where do I start, when I watched Stagecoach I thought I had possibly seen the worst ever John Wayne film but that was until I saw this one. The storyline was Ok but nothing special and certainly not memorable and it was only made worse by the awful acting. John Wayne was very weak in his role and he was a wooden as a plank. The other supporting actors were equally as bad and there was absolutely no chemistry between any of them. For some reason when the characters all talked it was incredible slow and they it was made worse by them walking or riding off at super speed which made the film look very strange.
The gun fight at the start of the film was dreadful and again so slow. The guns were no where near in a position to fire and shoot when we were expected to believe someone had just shot and killed a baddie, this was actually quite comical at times and we did have to rewind the film to re watch John Wayne 'shooting from the hip' when he shot a man dead when his gun was hardly out of the holster and was pointing to the floor but this guy was on the roof of a building!
We were not sure when this film was supposed to have been set as it was all a little strange. Wayne would be in a small old fashioned town where everyone used horses and were dressed in an old fashioned way and the next he would be sitting on a horse in the stadium for the rodeo and the extras for the crowd were all dressed in 1920's clothes. What we found extremely weird was how the man would use a megaphone ot make announcements but there were speakers up on poles around the stadium, think that we were not supposed to have noticed these as they did not fit in with the setting for the film at all. There were also a lot of other things which meant we could not find a year throughout the film but as the majority of people were in 1920's clothes then this is what we are going for!
The music in the film is not a hard one to talk about at all as there was none! Well the film opened with a man on his horse playing a guitar and singing and my god how both me a hubby laughed when we realised it was John Wayne and lets just say that I am so glad he never released a song.
The DVD which we have thankfully does not have any bonus features as I really would not have taken the time to watch them if there was. The running time is only 52 minutes thankfully and the certificate is a Universal.
I am not gong to recommend this film as there is nothing memorable about it except for how bad it was. Even taking into consideration how long ago this was made it still is shockingly bad! It is for anyone who still wishes to watch available on Amazon for just a few pounds.