"The currently available B western movies of Tim McCoy are far and few in between. Texas Cyclone from Columbia is presently the best of the lot. This is remastered in high definition (whatever that means). For an early 30's film, the images are sharp and clear with nary a sign of deterioration so common among the other economical B western products. Tim McCoy fans are lucky to have this one. But this is essentially being marketed as an early John Wayne western. Duke was not lead man but a supporting character to McCoy. But that's marketing for you. Columbia should release more B westerns kept in their vaults. The two Charles Starret releases are moves in the right direction. Another good Tim McCoy copy is Ghost Patrol by Alpha. The other Alpha Tim McCoy releases strain the eyes. I still have to try the VCI Mc Coy movies though frankly, I was disappointed by their Buck Jones releases which are not of the same high standards seen in Texas Cyclone."
JOHN WAYNE IN MINOR ROLE
firstname.lastname@example.org | Florida | 07/22/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is essentially a Tim McCoy film and a darn good one, too. The "Duke" has a minor, supporting role in it, due primarily to the fact that Columbia's Harry Cohn didn't like Wayne and was giving him bit parts. He later "escaped" to Mascot where he made three serials before landing the Western series at Warner's. And of course, the rest is history. The "Duke" also had a minor role in another McCoy film, "Two Fisted Law," both released in l932."
More like this one, please!
S. D. Miles | Port Macquarie,New South Wales, Australia | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one is remastered in High Definition; which proberly means that a great more care was taken during the process. The end result is a sharp, clear, black and white print that may have been filmed only yesterday instead of in 1932, the 73 years differential isn't at all apparent. Infact, if this one had been filmed yesterday the critics would be full of praise for the black and white photography, it's really that good.
John Wayne has a supporting role, (third in the credits after Shirley Grey) but his screen presence is already very evident throughout.
Tim McCoy's steely eyed presence really screams out that he is the star of this one, and rightly so. I've not seen a weak movie with Tim McCoy, oater's maybe, but all have good scripts with good plots. Not so well known today, it is unfortunate that his rising star coincided with that of Tom Mix and Buck Jones, and although he made some excellent films in the 1930's and '40's he was overshadowed by Gene Audrey, Johnny Mack Brown, Roy Rogers, and others, including of course "Hoppy". He left the excellent Rough Riders series to serve his country in WW2 (he was in the Army Reserve) and on his return, as far as I am aware and I must look it up, his movie career then passed into oblivion.
Back to the movie. It is also great to see a 1932 Walter Brennan, his screen presence also grabs you to take notice. It is great to see Bud Osbourne, (not credited) one of the reliable bad guys from yester-year, without all the wear and tear scratches that one usually sees in old "B" Westens from repeated showings.
I only received this one today, then played it, and then I couldn't wait to review it. Highly recommended, buy it, even at the relatively high price for a "B" movie of this vintage, the experience is worth having. The five stars are for the exceptional quality of the print. I would give the film three and a half for story and production values.
It's worth noting, for non Region 1 viewers, that although this one is marked as Region 1 on the cover it is in fact uncoded and will play anywhere in the world."
Incredibly sharp film transfer of a very good B-Western
Mr. Get Real | Long Beach, CA USA | 08/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review is for the Columbia Tristar DVD issue of Texas Cyclone (1932) starring Tim McCoy.
I can hardly believe just how detailed and razor sharp this B&W film is on DVD!!! It looks like it was shot yesterday.
For a 1932 film, and B-Western at that, this is the holy grail. The fact that you also get co-starring roles filled by a very young John Wayne and Walter Brennan is just icing on the cake. But, make no mistake, the star here is definitely Tim McCoy who fills those boots with a commanding screen presence and a confident piercing stare that cuts right through the bad guys!
And those huge hats! Somewhere around 1939 the typical western movie hat got smaller, but here you get a massive tower sitting on Tim McCoy's head! Wow!
It was also interesting to see a lot of interesting, but unknown character actor faces here - in most later b-westerns you have seen a lot of the actors time and time again, but here the supporting bit parts are filled with actors I had never seen before. There are several close-up shots of the supporting actors that really bring out their individual characteristics - it reminds me of certain close-up shots and sequences later seen in Howard Hawks' "Red River". I like a lot of the camera work in "Texas Cyclone".
The story itself is pretty good and moves right along - you can read the plot in more detail in the other reviews here so I won't repeat it.
In summary, if you like B-Westerns then you must aquire this exceptionally sharp film looking film on DVD!
For some other excellent film transfers check out any of the Hopalong Cassidy films issued by Platinum or the Red Ryder films issued by VCI. The Cassidy films are generally pristine while the Red Ryders range from very good to excellent."
"This has got to be the best reproduction of a 30's movie of any kind that I've seen. They've done a wonderful job. The more of Tim McCoy I see, the more I like him. He's such an oddball, though quiet about it. Love the hat and the 8, or is it 9 shirtsleeve buttons in a row. It's a good B Western story. For an added bonus we have John Wayne as almost-the-Duke, and as a real delight, Walter Brennan as almost_Walter Brennan. It might seem expensive for an hour-long black and white B-western but when you consider the rediculous quality of some of the cheaper versions of these westerns out there, this is well worth it. I still buy those cheap ones anyway, since that's all we can get. I've changed this review, was 4 stars, now on second thought, I'm giving it 5 (though I can't seem to change the star rating). Please, please, please, we need more like this! More early Tim McCoy. Also: -More early Tex Ritter, preferably not already out in 5 different versions unless they are of the quality of this Tim McCoy -More early John Wayne, preferably not already out in 5 different versions unless they are of the quality of this Tim McCoy -More early Buster Crabbe Billy the Kid -More early Buck Jones -More early Ken Maynard -More early Roy Rogers -More early Crash Corrigan