(1934) John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, George “Gabby” Hayes,
Yakima Canutt, Ed Peil,Sr., Anita Campillo, George Cleveland,
Lafe McKee, Earl Dwire, Artie Ortega.
An undercover deputy sheriff (John Wayne) enters a horserace to expose a gang of thieves making a racket out of the rodeo. This thin plot and less-than-modest budget lead to the sporadic use of stock footage, but the Duke had to start somewhere. Despite its shortcomings, The Man from Utah carries a certain punch and delights those desiring action.
Wayne is appealing with his wholesome, engaging smile and ruggedness which typifies the All-American cowpoke. Gabby Hayes as the Marshal (not yet the cantankerous, old sidekick fans would come to cherish), the ubiquitous Yakima Canutt and the ever-dependable George Cleveland help make a capable cast.
So saddle up, and watch the young emerging legend, John Wayne, whip into action.