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West of the Divide -- Ted Hayden impersonates a wanted man and joins Gentry's gang only to learn later that Gentry was the one who killed his father. He saves Virginia Winters' dad's ranch from Gentry and also rescues his long-lost brother Spud.


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15 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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Ted Hayden impersonates a wanted man and joins Gentry's gang only to learn later that Gentry was the one who killed his father. He saves Virginia Winters' dad's ranch from Gentry and also rescues his long-lost brother Spud. | Add synopsis »
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John Wayne ... Ted Hayden - aka Gat Ganns
Virginia Brown Faire ... Fay Winters (as Virginia Faire Brown)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... 'Dusty' (as George Hayes)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Mr. Gentry (as Loyd Whitlock)
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Hank
Lafe McKee ... Fred Winters
Billy O'Brien ... Spuds (as Billie O'Brien)
Dick Dickinson ... Henchman Joe
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace B. Carpenter ... Cattle Buyer Hornsby (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Doctor Silsby (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Henchman (uncredited)
Archie Ricks ... Henchman (uncredited)
Hal Taliaferro ... Henchman (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Henchman Butch (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury 
Writing credits
Robert N. Bradbury (story and screen play)

Oliver Drake  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (edited by)
Sound Department
Dave Stoner .... recordist
John Stransky Jr. .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
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54 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Continuity: When Ted Hayden first introduces himself to Gentry, the shadow on his shirt changes depending upon the camera angle.See more »
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Referenced in The Man from Utah (1934)See more »


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Average Lone Star, 8 September 2005
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John Wayne stars as Ted Hayden in this one, lithe young companion of grizzled old George 'Gabby' Hayes, who was just starting to develop into the character now so familiar to Hopalong Cassidy fans. Ted is an orphan, left for dead by the varmints who done fer his paw, and saved from beneath his father's dead body by Hayes' Dusty Rhodes. All this – and much more – is related to the viewer in the opening scene, a conversation between the pair that is nothing but a huge chunk of exposition that is as lacking in subtlety as it is replete with information. Hayden has returned to his hometown to catch the man with the mad laugh who killed his father, and poses as Gat Ganns, all-round bad egg, who bears more than a passing physical resemblance to our hero.

This is a fairly acceptable entry in John Wayne's Lone Star series of films made in the early to mid-thirties. There is quite a diverting storyline, even though the acting is as creaky as usual for these flicks. It's the stunts that stand out in all of the low budget efforts Wayne made in those days, and their success is thanks to stuntman extraordinaire Yakima Canutt. You get the impression as you watch that some real hair-raising risks were taken to capture these scenes – and you sometimes wonder whether it was worth it considering the poor quality of most other aspects of the films. Watch out for Canutt standing in for bad guy Lloyd Whitlock, who sports a full head of greying hair, in the fight with Wayne near the end of the film. Canutt had dark hair and a noticeable bald patch, but hack director R. N. Bradbury obviously didn't believe in going to the expense of making even a perfunctory effort to disguise the actors' physical differences. Oddly enough, it's this kind of lack of attention to detail that make the Lone Star films so curiously endearing.

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