Yakima Canutt is possibly the most famous movie star that you never heard of. John Wayne has appeared in at least 172 motion pictures, but his longtime friend Yakima Canutt was in over 237, including almost all of John Wayne's pictures. Yakima and John Wayne met when both men were just beginning to make motion pictures. Cowboy movies were becoming popular, and both men were in the right place at the right time.
Yakima grew up riding horses, and by the age of 16 was winning rodeo contests. His skill with horses brought him to the movie screen, and he taught John Wayne many tricks of the trade with horses.
During the idle times while filming a cowboy movie, John and Yakima practiced the art of the fist fight on camera, and they developed a style and camera angle that is still used today to make a fist fight appear real, even though no punches are ever landed.
While John Wayne went on to become a legendary leading man on screen, Yakima both acted, and did stunt double work for Clark Gable and almost everyone else in the business during those great years of motion pictures. He also became a second unit movie director of some fame, and is responsible for directing one of the most remembered scenes in cinematic history. Taking almost two years from concept to putting the film in the can, he created, organized and directed the famous chariot race scene in Ben Hur!
In this adventure rodeo stuntman Yakima Canutt is an Indian side-kick to John Wayne, and they are headed to a small town to capture a band of outlaws headed by a mysterious man called the Shadow. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Stars: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, George 'Gabby' Hayes