The third of John Wayne's superior Lone Star Western's produced by Paul Malvern, The Lucky Texan features 'The Duke' as Jerry Mason, a young college graduate who, along with old family friend Jake Benson (George Hayes), locates a secret gold field. Returning to town with their gold, the two friends make the mistake of trusting the local assayer (Lloyd Whitlock) and his equally crooked partner (Yakima Canutt). The villains take a shot at Jake and, believing they killed the old man, blame young Jerry for the "murder". At his trial, Jerry is delighted to discover his "victim" among the spectators. The Lucky Texan also featured several fine examples of director Robert North Bradbury's famous "swish-pan" method, in which characters are brought from one place to another as the camera sweeps over the landscape in a blur. As always, Yakima Canutt was stunt double for both Wayne, Hayes, and several of the villains. In fact, Canutt got to chase himself in a gasoline-powered handcar in the film's exciting finale!