Every year at Christmas, my in-laws put together a Pollyanna. It normally consists of about 8-10 people and price cap is set to around $30.00. Each year I put together a short list of odds and ends that I would enjoy having.
This year, among other things, I listed a generic item entitled “Random John Wayne Movies”. As I have grown up, I have come to enjoy old westerns and have a fondness for John Wayne (could not stand Clint Eastwood). As a Pollyanna gift I received a three DVD John Wayne Collection featuring six vintage films.
I finally got around to watching the first one tonight, entitled Paradise Canyon. The movie was released in 1935 and runs 53 minutes. As soon as the movie began playing, I couldn’t help but compare it to the old Three Stooges Shorts, in that it was grainy, choppy, and became difficult to watch at times.
In this flick John Wayne plays a federal marshal named John Wyatt and he is instructed to break up a counterfeit ring along the Mexico border. His is told that in order to find the ring, he needs to get close with a man running a traveling medicine show. This man, Doc Carter, spent time in prison for counterfeiting and may be helping to spread the counterfeit cash.
After alot of horse chase scenes, the Duke saves the day and all is well. I get a kick out of watching moves that go back this far in time, and this one was no exception. At times the film got a little difficult to see due to the technology of the 1930’s, but it was fun to watch.
This is the oldest John Wayne movie I have ever seen. It doesn’t have the same entertainment value as his newer films, but it was easy to follow and made for a great way to use up an hour of free time.