As I continue right along with my John Wayne Collection, I watched the fourth movie of six, Texas Terror. This film was featured in 1935 and runs for 53 minutes. With about half of my El Cobre left, I went ahead and hit play on my DVD player to continue my Saturday night movie session.
This time around the young Duke plays the former sheriff (John Wayne). The movie kicks off with the sheriff speaking with an old friend of his that has plans to restock his ranch for his daughters arrival in one year. This friend has withdrawal all of his money from the bank and has plans to head to the next town to spend it on needs for the ranch.
After the man leaves the sheriffs office, three bandits rob a local store and make a break for it. They wind up catching up with the sheriffs friend and gun him down. Cornered in a building with the sheriff shooting outside, they make a break for it and make it appear as though the sheriff killed his friend. When the sheriff goes inside and finds his friend dead, he quits his job and leaves town.
A year later the daughter moves back as planned and intends to run the ranch. During her stage ride in, a group of bandits rob the stage and she manages to hide and not be seen. The duke stumbles onto the robbery and manages to get the money back and return the daughter to safety. While returning the money, he speaks to the new sheriff and learns that the woman he rescued is the daughter of his dead friend.
The sheriff convinces the duke to act as a ranch foreman and hide his past from his new boss. After three months of working, the beans are spilled by the man who really killed the dukes friend and a plot is made to steal a thousand horses from the daughters ranch. With the help of a local indian tribe, the duke foils the plan and saves the day.
Unlike Paradise Canyon and Rainbow Valley, this film did not have scenes shot in the shade which darkened the screem, instead it had a few that were shot in bright conditions which washed out the screen. These random scenes were far enough between them that viewing was easy and the movie was a cinch to follow.
While I didn’t enjoy it as much as West of the Divide, I found it to be my second favorite thus far. It seems that the further I get into my John Wayne collection, the better the films get in terms of entertainment value. So far I have enjoyed my Pollyanna gift thus far and look forward to expanding my very small collection of westerns.