Derek Winnert


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Texas Cyclone ** (1932, Tim McCoy, John Wayne, Shirley Grey, Walter Brennan) – Classic Movie Review 5479

Director D Ross Lederman’s 1932 Columbia Pictures movie is a good-quality Tim McCoy B-movie Western, which gets a boost from a useful cast that includes the young John Wayne [aka Marion Morrison] as Steve Pickett, along with Shirley Grey, Walter Brennan as Sheriff Lew Collins, Wheeler Oakman and Mary Gordon.

Tim McCoy stars as Texas Grant, a cowboy who is almost killed in a case of mistaken identity when he is confused with a rancher. This prompts McCoy to further investigations, in which he assists the rancher’s wife Helen Rawlings (Shirley Grey) in her battle against Utah Becker (Wheeler Oakman)’s murderous rustlers.

It runs 63 minutes, is written by Randall Faye and shot in black and white by Ben Kline.

Also in the cast are Harry Cording, Wallace MacDonald, Jim Farley, and Vernon Dent.

It is Wayne’s second B-movie Western, one of only three that he made for Columbia studios, but one of dozens he made between his big breaks – The Big Trail in 1930 and Stagecoach in 1939.

© Derek Winnert 2017 Classic Movie Review 5479

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