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Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

Passed  |   |  Romance, Western  |  27 August 1932 (USA)
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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.

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Duke ...
Duke - Gaunt's Horse
Ruth Hall ...
Ruth Gaunt
Henry B. Walthall ...
John Gaunt
Otis Harlan ...
Judge Jones
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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)

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Romance | Western

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27 August 1932 (USA)  »

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The Hawk  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

John Drury: There's one point you fooled me on, Sims. I didn't figure you for a coward. Haven't got the nerve to give me a break in a fair fight!
Henry Sims: [Leaving him tied up in the desert to die] You asked to play a lone hand, didn't ya? Well, you're gonna play it all by yourself!
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My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played during the opening credits
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Introducing the Duke
26 May 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This film was the first of a series of B westerns that John Wayne did for Warner Brothers and it was decided to give him a horse companion named Duke. Duke the horse was fine, the film left a lot to be desired.

A horse is the only witness to a robbery where another witness was beaten unconscious and lies in a coma. He went after the villain and the villain who is masked bandit known as the Hawk says the horse is a mankiller who attacked him for no good reason. Since by day the villain is a respectable town citizen everyone believes him, almost.

One of the almost is young cowpoke John Wayne who says he can tame the stallion and proceeds to do so. He even offers to track down the Hawk.

It starts to get a little ridiculous here especially in the way that the villain gets the drop on Wayne. Of course in the tradition of Trigger, Champion, Topper, and Robert Taylor's horse Varick in Knights of the Round Table, Duke rescues his friend John Wayne. Doesn't that sound a little odd.

Otis Harlan has a very funny bit as the country judge before whom Wayne is tried when he's accused of being the Hawk. And the villain does get a poetic ending.

Still it's hardly one of John Wayne's best.


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