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½ November 9, 2015
Carter's Great Medicine Show

John Wyatt is a vigilante of sorts tracking down a counterfeiter. He decides to join a traveling "medicine show" in his search to serve as their protection. Meanwhile, the owner of the show runs into a man who wronged him some years ago, Curly Joe. Curly Joe tries to run the show out of town again; but when John discovers Joe is the counterfeiter, he will put a halt to Joe's plan.

"The show always goes on."

Carl Pierson, director of The New Frontier and The Singing Vagabond, delivers Paradise Canyon. The storyline for this picture is fun and unique in some ways but the action sequences are dated, the dialogue is mediocre, and the acting is average. The cast delivers mediocre performances and include John Wayne, Gino Corrado, Yakima Canutt, and Marion Burns.

"I'm just a cowboy drifting from place to place."

This was recently recommended to me by Fios so I DVR'd it off Encore Western. This was okay and I did enjoy watching the film unfold. The action scenes were comically not fluid and dated but I did enjoy the settings and premise. This is only worth viewing for diehard western genre fans.

"I don't like complications."

Grade: C
March 7, 2013
A government agent (John Wayne) goes undercover as part of a traveling medicne show to stop a counterfeiting operation. For awhile, he believes the head of the show, "Doc Carter" (Earl Hodgins), is the head of the operation. His belief is backed up with the fact that "Carter" spent the last decade in jail.

Now, he has to go after the real criminals into Mexico and bring them to justice.

I have seen some John Wayne movies via Hulu in the last couple of weeks, and this is easily one of the better ones the site currently has.

The acting in this movie is very decent, and pretty believable all around. Not one performance was weak in fact. You had good chemistry between the main players, and none of them looked as if they were just there to get paid.

Wayne stands out as the leading man in this film. His presence is one of the strongest in the film. This was his last movie for Monogram Pictures, and it's a very good send-off for "The Duke." As for other performers, they all did pretty good performances for the amount of screen time they had.

Some of the supporting cast were poorly written in this movie. There are two members of the traveling medicine show who basically were there to perform a couple of songs, and deliver a few lines. They were there mostly for show, and not much else.

There is quite a few action scenes in this movie, but nothing too spectacular. You get one horse chase, and some gunfighting, but nothing memorable.

One thing that limits this movie is the length of it. This makes some subplots rushed. There is a taste of a romance between Wayne and Marion Burns, who plays "Carter's" daughter and performer in the medicine show. It didn't have time to blossom because the main plot had to be advanced.

When the story moves over the border into Mexico, I felt the characters introduced at that point were not used well. They added little, if anything, to the plot.

One big problem was the audio. Due to the movie being 75 years old, the audio just didn't hold up. The audio makes it hard to understand what is being said at times. At some points, the people were pretty muffled for a few seconds. You could understand what was being said, but you had to strain to hear what they were saying.

I would say that this could be something to watch if you can catch it online on sites like Hulu, or on television. Only rent the movie if you are a diehard John Wayne fan.
½ September 10, 2010
For a '30s western, it wasn't bad, actually rather interesting and humorous.
September 6, 2010
Without a doubt John Wayne's best 'B' western. It's unique and different unlike the rest due to a unique storyline of an undercover Duke part of a medicine show.
May 14, 2010
A government agent (John Wayne) goes undercover as part of a traveling medicne show to stop a counterfeiting operation. For awhile, he believes the head of the show, "Doc Carter" (Earl Hodgins), is the head of the operation. His belief is backed up with the fact that "Carter" spent the last decade in jail.

Now, he has to go after the real criminals into Mexico and bring them to justice.

I have seen some John Wayne movies via Hulu in the last couple of weeks, and this is easily one of the better ones the site currently has.

The acting in this movie is very decent, and pretty believable all around. Not one performance was weak in fact. You had good chemistry between the main players, and none of them looked as if they were just there to get paid.

Wayne stands out as the leading man in this film. His presence is one of the strongest in the film. This was his last movie for Monogram Pictures, and it's a very good send-off for "The Duke." As for other performers, they all did pretty good performances for the amount of screen time they had.

Some of the supporting cast were poorly written in this movie. There are two members of the traveling medicine show who basically were there to perform a couple of songs, and deliver a few lines. They were there mostly for show, and not much else.

There is quite a few action scenes in this movie, but nothing too spectacular. You get one horse chase, and some gunfighting, but nothing memorable.

One thing that limits this movie is the length of it. This makes some subplots rushed. There is a taste of a romance between Wayne and Marion Burns, who plays "Carter's" daughter and performer in the medicine show. It didn't have time to blossom because the main plot had to be advanced.

When the story moves over the border into Mexico, I felt the characters introduced at that point were not used well. They added little, if anything, to the plot.

One big problem was the audio. Due to the movie being 75 years old, the audio just didn't hold up. The audio makes it hard to understand what is being said at times. At some points, the people were pretty muffled for a few seconds. You could understand what was being said, but you had to strain to hear what they were saying.

I would say that this could be something to watch if you can catch it online on sites like Hulu, or on television. Only rent the movie if you are a diehard John Wayne fan.
March 11, 2009
Outstanding movie John Wayne is my family favorite actor
½ December 19, 2008
A blight apon all mankind.
July 8, 2008
not bad early JW movie
January 8, 2008
Sent to find counterfeiters, John Wyatt joins Doc Carter's medicine show. They arrive in the town where Curly Joe runs his counterfeiting operation. Carter was once framed by Curly Joe and Curly Joe tries to get rid of him. But John foils his attempts and learning Curly Joe is the counterfeiter, goes after him.
½ April 26, 2007
great.....oldie....love John...he was brill....
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