Rainbow Valley (1935) starring John Wayne, Lucile Browne, George 'Gabby' Hayes, LeRoy Mason, Lloyd Ingraham, Jay Wilsey directed by Robert N. Bradbury Movie Review

Rainbow Valley (1935)   3/53/53/53/53/5

John Wayne in Rainbow Valley (1935)

Wayne's Wishing on a Rainbow

The town of Rainbow Valley is a bit cut off due to the storm washing the road away and they rely on George Hale (George 'Gabby' Hayes) and his automobile "Nugget Nell" to bring in supplies. But not everyone wants a road rebuilding especially Rogers (LeRoy Mason) who with there being limited ways in can control the supplies and force the land owners to sell up to him cheap. Enter John Martin (John Wayne - The Shootist) who has appears to be there to build a road but has also spent time in jail with one of Rogers' men. But is everything as it seems or has John Martin got an ulterior motive for being their.

For fans of John Wayne I just need to say Lone Star Productions and they should know exactly what to expect from "Rainbow Valley" a western from 1935. For those who don't it means a quickly made western where The Duke plays a good guy, gets the girl and is accompanied by some familiar faces especially George (not quite Gabby yet) Hayes. These movies which rarely went past the hour mark were churned out one after another and you almost wonder if they made some at the same time as others do to the same actors often appearing in one movie after another.

But don't let that put you off as not only is "Rainbow Valley" legally free to watch online but it is entertaining. There isn't anything special about it as we have yet another story about a crook trying to force locals off of their land but this time by preventing a road to be built. But it does jaunt along and has the amusing extra of Hayes; character being an owner of a automobile, amusing as there are plenty of goofs involving it from where the heck des he get fuel to a goof involving John Wayne's character never having seen one before but knowing how to stop it.

As for the acting and action well it is the usual, John Wayne smiles and is the secret good guy whilst Gabby Hayes ends up his wily friend. There is nothing out of the ordinary going on here but it is a solid representation of these sorts of movies.

What this all boils down to is that "Rainbow Valley" like other Lone Star Productions are really movies for the big fans of John Wayne and for big fans of western who have an urge to watch all the movies. But for anyone else it is a quickly made movie on a tight budget.