The Big Stampede
Directed by Tenny Wright
John Wayne as Deputy Sheriff John Steele
Noah Beery Sr. as Sam Crew
Paul Hurst as 'Arizona' Frank Bailey
Mae Madison as Ginger Malloy
Luis Alberni as Sonora Joe
Berton Churchill as Governor Lew Wallace
Sherwood Bailey as Pat Malloy
Lafe McKee as Cal Brett
Joseph W. Girard as Major Parker
Deputy Sheriff John Steele travels to a town in New Mexico territory at the behest of Governor Lew Wallace to deal with some cattle rustlers. Upon arrival, Steele decides to go undercover as a drunken drifter to keep an eye on Sam Crew, the leader of the rustlers posing as a successful businessman. Steele is pushed into action when some settlers, Cal Brett and his niece and nephew Ginger Malloy and Pat, arrive in town. Crew pretends to help them on one hand, and on the other plans to have his gang steal the newcomer's cattle. Steel is able to prevent Crew from stealing the cattle, but during the gunfight, a rival gang led by Sonora Joe make off with the cattle. Steele is able to retrieve the cattle and convince Sonora to help him against Crew. With Sonora's help Steele is able to arrest Crew's number one gunman, 'Arizona' Frank Bailey. Steele needs to juggle preventing the gang's attempts to rescue Arizona, keeping the townspeople's cattle safe on a cattle drive, and stopping Crew once and for all!
The Big Stampede is Tenny Wright's first film as director.
The Big Stampede is a remake of The Land Beyond the Law, a 1927 western staring Ken Maynard.
The Big Stampede is one of a group of six films that John Wayne made for Warner Brothers after WB acquired First National Pictures and First National's film library. WB set to remake First National Pictures’ hit silent westerns starring Ken Maynard.
In most of these WB remakes, the original action footage of Ken Maynard is still used, as he was an excellent stuntman and horse rider.
was paid $845 for each of these films. The films cost about $28,000 each.