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'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)

A little Indian girl, heiress to a fortune in oil, is kidnapped.

Director:

Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)

Writers:

Burl R. Tuttle (story "Gun Glory") (as Burl Tuttle), Burl R. Tuttle (screenplay) (as Burl Tuttle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Chris Morrell
Sheila Terry ... Clara Moore
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Nina (as Shirley Jane Rickert)
Jack Rockwell ... Vic Byrd
Yakima Canutt ... Sam Black
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Matt Downing (as George Hayes)
Jay Wilsey ... Jim Moore (as Buffalo Bill Jr.)
Philip Kieffer Philip Kieffer ... Jameson Hodges (as Phil Keefer)
Harry L. Fraser Harry L. Fraser ... Henchman in the Brush (as Weston Edwards)
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Storyline

Chris Morrell, the guardian of half-Indian girl Nina, is helping her find her missing white father. so she can cash in on her late mother's oil lease. Outlaw Sam Black is after the girl and her father as well. Besides dealing with the Black gang, Morrell has to find another robber, Jim Moore, who switches clothes with him after he finds Chris unconscious from a fight with Sam Black. Along the way, he meets a lady who's the sister of Jim Moore, another bad hombre who's in cahoots with Sam Black, and an old friend who takes in Nina and helps Chris locate Nina's father and fight off the various desperadoes. Written by Dale Roloff<keesha45@msn.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Neath Arizona Skies See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Chris Morrell: Snakes like you usually die of their own poison.
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A young Wayne shines in otherwise boring film
13 September 1999 | by DelphianSee all my reviews

This early John Wayne film left a lot to be desired. Nonetheless, for a 1934 low-budget film, it wasn't all that bad. The film's saving grace is that it clocks in at just over 50 minutes. About the time you're getting bored with it and ready to move on, it is over.

‘Neath Arizona Skies is badly in need of restoration. The image quality is fair at best and the sound track is scratchy throughout. However, despite the erosion of time, the story line remains interesting, if predictable. Your typical western, the story traces the hero's (Wayne) attempts to save a half-breed child whose worth $50,000 in oil money.

The young Wayne shows promise of what was to come. He saves the show from otherwise stale acting. One notable exception is Gaby Hayes in an uncredited bit part. He is charming and provides Wayne with a solid support that makes Wayne look better than he probably was at that time. One obvious neglect is costume design. The woman (Shelia Terry) - Wayne's love interest - is dressed in very fashionable 1930s attire, and sticks out like a sore thumb against the men in their buckskins and cowboy hats.

If you can stand bad costuming, fake sound effects and a grainy picture, the film is worth seeing. In others words, if you aren't a diehard Wayne fan, don't bother.


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