Sinister Cinema has done John Wayne completists
a service with its DVD transferred from excellent 35mm elements of this
"Singin' Sandy" B done by Duke as he climbed up budget pic ladders.
He'd disdain the cheapies later, but Wayne
became very much a star doing them, and probably would have broken into A's
even without Ford'sStagecoachassist. The opener scene is priceless, JW's
desert traverse whilst warbling of "blood running in the street
tonight." (sources say it was Bob Steele's twin brother, Bill, that voiced
him). This was the first Wayne
for Lone Star, where he'd stay till Republic rustled him. I caught a stunt man taking
a leap for JW off desert rocks, but otherwise, the star does his own actioning.
It's said Wayne
was awkward with dialogue in these and "seems embarrassed." Was he truly?
Maybe this actor waited to act until material suited him. Such was certainly
done before and since by others. Anyone would have been embarrassed by Singin'
Sandy, after all. There's a spike to enjoyment for 35mm sourcing: all of Lone Stars
would benefit --- and bear in mind Sinister didn't monkey with the soundtrack
as have others. Latter are pills impossible to sit through (I haven't got five
minutes into any delivered that way). Trying to modernize Lone Stars defeats
purpose of watching --- we want early Duke to date. Sinister has others of his derived from 35mm, all recommended.