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Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.

Director:

Fred Allen

Writers:

Kenneth Perkins (by), Scott Mason (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Drury
Duke Duke ... Duke - Gaunt's Horse
Ruth Hall ... Ruth Gaunt
Henry B. Walthall ... John Gaunt
Otis Harlan ... Judge Jones
Harry Gribbon ... Deputy Sheriff Clout
Frank Hagney ... Henry Sims - aka The Hawk
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Storyline

John Drury agrees to look for the outlaw known as the Hawk and Henry Simms volunteers to help him. But Simms is the Hawk and he leaves Drury on the desert to die. Simms then kills a man and plants John's harmonica at the scene. With the help of his horse Duke, John returns only to find that he is accused of murder and about to face the hanging Judge. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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YIPEE! Here Come The Ridin', Fightin' King of the Range! (1939 reissue poster)

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hvide Hævner See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

A horse is shown trying to break free from a slender tree. The tree is visibly held up by a rope placed there to make sure it didn't fall over while the horse was jumping around. The rope disappears when the camera does a closeup of the horse. See more »

Quotes

John Drury: Where I come from we don't shoot horses when they get ornery; we tame 'em.
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Featured in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played during the opening credits
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Nice Cast in Fast Western
15 August 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Duke, a horse, is on trial for killing a man and the judge is about to put him to death when cowboy John Drury (John Wayne) makes a deal. If Drury can tame the horse then it can live. Of course the cowboy comes through and soon the two of them are trying to track down the real murderer.

RIDE HIM, COWBOY was Wayne's shot at stardom as this was the first of the six picture deal that he signed with Warner. The film is certainly a step up from movies like TWO FISTED LAW, which featured Wayne in supporting parts. On a technical level this might still be a "B" movie but it's still better than what we had seen the now legend in up to this point.

The best thing about the picture is actually Wayne and his supporting cast of actors. I thought that laid back approach of Wayne's worked pretty well here including the scenes where he trying to smooth talk the leading lady played by Ruth Hall. Wayne and Hall share some nice chemistry together. Frank Hagney does a good job in his role of the villain and Henry B. Walthall turns in another fine supporting performance.

As you'd expect, there's a lot of gun play as well as other Western trappings but they're all handled quite nicely by director Fred Allen who keeps the film moving at a nice pace throughout its 55 minutes.


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