When Sheriff Jake sees a man at the safe and then finds the payroll gone, he trails him. Just as he is about to arrest him, the man saves his life.
Still suspicious, he joins up with the man and later they learn that Melgrove, the towns leading citizen, is trying to take over the area's ranches by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons. With the ranchers about to sell to Melgrove, the two newcomers say they will bring in provisions.
Running Time: 54 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: Approved
A sheriff (Gabby Hayes) and a man (John Wayne) help homesteaders beset by outlaws.
Blue Steel is one of the more entertaining Lone Star productions. The pairing of John Wayne and Gabby Hayes is always enjoyable, but the decision to elevate Hayes’ role to sheriff, instead of his usual slot as a homesteader or miner, pays dividends.
Opposite Wayne and Hayes are Edward Peil Sr. as the chief baddie, and the always-entertaining Yakima Canutt as his top henchman.
Unfortunately, as is so often the case in the Lone Star productions, Wayne’s leading lady leaves much to be desired. Eleanor Hunt not only looks totally out of place, but she has zero charisma and absolutely no chemistry with John Wayne.
While the script by writer/director Robert N. Bradbury may be a little weak on logic (I love how the bad guys never yell for help when Wayne lassos them), it moves so fast you’ll barely notice or care. Wayne and Hayes’ charisma, combined with several of Yakima Canutt’s great stunts make the 54-minute running time fly by.
Bottom Line: As far as Wayne’s Lone Star westerns go, Blue Steel ranks as one of the best.
This western was the second significant film in the development of George "Gabby" Hayes' cantankerous character who emerged as the old whiskered comedy sidekick in the Hopalong Cassidy films. Gabby plays it straight here as a sheriff who even shoots a baddie. The only "funny" things about him are the hole filled hat he wears, his big walrus mustache, &his typical slurred speech. The acting is good all around, except for Eleanor Hunt, who has that cute Clara Bow look, but she's brought that old silent film style to this movie. I love the old B westerns, &aside from my favorite, Hopalong Cassidy, to me the early John Wayne series is the next best. This is not one of Wayne's best, but it's a must-see for Gabby Hayes fans.
I love these old Lone Star Productions. You can't go wrong with a good old John Wayne film! Lester Jacobs, Nashville, TN
CAST & CREW:
Robert N. Bradbury
Robert N. Bradbury
George "Gabby" Hayes
Edward Peil Sr
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