Wayne and his Whiskers
When sheriff John Higgins (John Wayne - The Shootist) hears the sound of guns during a bank robbery he nobly gives chase but his bravery brings him devastation when he believes he has shot and killed his best friend Dan Matthews (Frank Ball) unaware that it was the robbers who killed him and then made it look like he was part of the gang. Unable to continue in his job John quits and leaves town to take up a solitary life in the hills where he becomes friends with a tribe of Indian's after helping a young Indian boy. One good deed follows another and eventually John finds himself being hired as foreman by Dan's daughter Beth (Lucile Brown) when she returns to run her late father's ranch. John tries his best not to fall for Beth who takes a shine to him because he knows when she discovers what he believes is his involvement in her father's death she will hate him.
Let me tell you what the most remarkable thing is about "Texas Terror" this early John Wayne western and it is not the sight of a car driving across the open plains, it is at one point John Wayne is sporting a beard something which I don't remember seeing him do in any other western. Aside from the facial growth "Texas Terror" is just another one of those westerns from Lone Star Productions which were not only mass produced but are now free to watch online because they fell into the public domain.
With that in mind it would be fair to say that whilst the image quality of "Texas Terror" is much better than some of the other movies from that time the storyline is incredibly slim. In many ways it is a typical Lone Star Production as we have John Wayne playing yet another noble good guy who saves the day, gets the bad guys and of course the girl as well. But the whole pretence of John thinking he killed his best friend is stretched even in this movie which only just gets over the 50 minute mark. Aside from that we have the usual elements which you expect from a Lone Star Productions; there is the horse chase action with the stunt work of Yakima Canutt and there is George 'Gabby' Hayes whose short whiskers are beaten by Wayne's this time around.
What this all boils down to is "Texas Terror" is just another typical quickly produced western from Lone Star Productions which sees John Wayne playing yet another good guy who saves the day.