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Riders of Destiny (1933)

Passed  |   |  Music, Romance, Western  |  10 October 1933 (USA)
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Bad guy Kincaid controls the local water supply and plans to do in the other ranchers. Government agent Saunders shows up undercover to do in Kincaid and win the heart of one of his victims Fay Denton.



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Complete credited cast:
Cecilia Parker ...
James Kincaid
Charlie Denton (as George Hayes)
Henchman Bert
Heinie Conklin ...
Henchman Elmer
Slip Morgan
Lafe McKee ...
Sheriff Bill Baxter
Addie Foster ...
Mrs. Mason


Kincade controls the area's water supply and is about to force the ranchers into contracts at exorbitant rates. Government Agent Saunders has a plan that will open up the lost river and dry up Kincade's supply. So he gets the ranchers to insist on a clause that Kincade's land will revert to the public if he fails to deliver water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Release Date:

10 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wasserrechte von Lost Creek  »

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$15,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Wayne could not sing. The songs were dubbed by the son of director Robert N. Bradbury. See more »


When Saunders first appears in the film, he is carrying a guitar and singing. The guitar is not with him when he gives his horse to Faye Denton to make her escape, but he has it back when he is at the Denton's house and sings to the family. See more »


Singin' Sandy Saunders: Howdy, folks. Could you tell me where the Sheriff is?
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Singin' Sandy Saunders: Thanks, I'll wait for him.
James Kincaid: The Sheriff didn't care especially for this job - he might not come back.
Singin' Sandy Saunders: I'll take that chance. I have an idea he *will* come back.
[Singin' Sandy leaves the jailhouse]
James Kincaid: I don't like the way that fellow talks. We'll watch him.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


A Cowboy's Song of Fate
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Hayes to Wayne, "Tell her you like her biscuits".
26 November 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Forget the lame opening of Singin' Sandy (Wayne) warbling a tune that sounds about as much like Wayne's singing voice as mine does. This is still a solid Lone Star programmer. There's not a lot of hard riding or fast shooting, but there is a strong story-line, along with that stellar cast of Lone Star regulars-- George Hayes (before Gabby), Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire, and Forrest Taylor, excellent as the head bad guy.

I expect the plot really resonated with Dust Bowl audiences of the time. Bad guy Taylor wants to use water rights to buy up all the little farmers in the valley. The effects of water returning to the valley are quite well done for a programmer. Also the crowd scenes look like real farmers, while the 30 seconds of the plain-faced frontier woman appealing to the crowd should be studied by A-grade Westerns.

Wayne is quite engaging as the good guy, looking every inch the part. Also, look for Al (Fuzzy) St. John, sans whiskers, as one of the bad guys, no less. One complaint-- there are two really tumbling trip-wire scenes that send the poor horses head over hoofs. I hope they survived. That was one real problem with these 30's Westerns. Anyway, it's still an entertaining 60 minutes for fans of Wayne and Lone Star.

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