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Riders of Destiny -- Badguy 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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10 October 1933 (USA) See more »
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A Great Western Star in a WHIRLWIND of ACTION! (1947 poster) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Introducing "Singin" Sandy Saunders See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Singin' Sandy Saunders
Cecilia Parker ... Fay Denton
Forrest Taylor ... James Kincaid

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Charlie Denton (as George Hayes)
Al St. John ... Henchman Bert
Heinie Conklin ... Henchman Elmer
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman
Earl Dwire ... Slip Morgan
Lafe McKee ... Sheriff Bill Baxter
Addie Foster ... Mrs. Mason
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silver Tip Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Rancher (uncredited)
William Dyer ... Rancher (uncredited)
Anne Howard ... Bather's Wife (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Bather (uncredited)
Bert Lindley ... Rancher (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Guard at Dam (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Henchman (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Townsman Recognizing Sandy (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury 
 
Writing credits
Robert N. Bradbury (story by) (as R.N. Bradbury)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Billy Barber (1985) (as William Barber)
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography by)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry L. Fraser .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... recorded by (as John A. Stransky Jr.)
Glenn Rominger .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Billy Barber .... orchestrator (1985 re-release) (as William Barber)
Bill Bradbury .... singing voice: John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
 
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53 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)
Certification:
South Korea:12 | UK:U | UK:U (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
John Wayne could not sing. The songs were dubbed by the son of director Robert N. Bradbury.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The stagecoach drivers are robbed by Faye Denton in light-coloured clothing and hat. Yet later on they pursue Saunders as the hold-up man despite the facts that his clothing is all dark-coloured, he is taller and he is wearing a completely different hat.See more »
Quotes:
Singin' Sandy Saunders:Howdy, folks. Could you tell me where the Sheriff is?
James Kincaid:Oh, I take charge when he isn't here. Can I do anything I can you do for you?
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hooray for Hollywood (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Song of the WildSee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Introducing "Singin" Sandy Saunders, 6 February 2001
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Riders of Destiny" was the first of several westerns Wayne made for the Lone Star arm of Monogram Pictures between 1933 and 1935. In this entry, the producers try to make the Duke into a singing cowboy called "Singin' Sandy Saunders with hilarious results. Any Wayne fan knows that the Duke couldn't have carried a tune if his life had depended on it. His voice was apparently dubbed by Smith Ballew whose deep baritone sounds nothing like Wayne. Wayne looks awkward and uncomfortable in "performing" the musical numbers. Thank heavens the singing cowboy experiment soon ended.

As for the movie itself, it contains a standard "B" western plot of the fight over water rights between the villain (Forrest Taylor) and the local ranchers. Duke, of course plays the hero. He had not yet developed his on screen character and still looked like a poverty row cowboy.

Also cast in the film were George (pre-Gabby) Hayes as the heroine's father, Cecilia Parker as the heroine and Yakima Canutt as "one of the boys" who performs his "falling from the racing horses under the wagon" stunt while doubling Wayne. Both Canutt and Hayes would go on to appear with Wayne in most of the other entries in the series. Canutt, in particular would have a profound effect on Wayne's future development teaching him, among other things, how to move, fight and look comfortable on a horse.

As "B" westerns go this one isn't too bad, however, I have to give it a failing grade because of the "singing".

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