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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Duke ...
Duke - Gaunt's Horse
Ruth Hall ...
Ruth Gaunt
John Gaunt
Judge Jones
Harry Gribbon ...
Deputy Sheriff Clout


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)


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

27 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hawk  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ride Him, Cowboy is a 1932 remake of "The Unknown Cavalier". The film was titled "The Hawk" in Great Britain. See more »


When the horse tries to untie the knot to free Drury the knot changes several times. He actually reties it once by mistake. See more »


John Drury: Where I come from we don't shoot horses when they get ornery; we tame 'em.
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Features The Unknown Cavalier (1926) See more »


Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Played and sung by the band at the party
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Horsing Around with Maynard and the Duke
22 March 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

John Wayne (as John Drury) saves a Devil-horse ("Duke") from execution, after the horse's murder trial. Honest. Then, Mr. Wayne ventures out to find the real killer. Wayne and "Duke" have a good screen presence. Ruth Hall (as Ruth) is suitably fetching; she was the niece of novelist Ibáñez, who had several stories adapted for Garbo and Valentino. Henry B. Walthall (as Gaunt) tries to provide some much-needed acting gravitas. The already inferior "Ride Him, Cowboy" swipes its most exciting material from Ken Maynard's silent "The Unknown Cavalier" (1926). The nicely done segments, especially the climatic ending, look like they are from the other film.

*** Ride Him, Cowboy (1932) Fred Allen ~ John Wayne, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall

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