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The Dawn Rider -- When John Mason's father is killed, John is wounded. Attracted to his nurse Alice, a conflict arises between him and his friend Ben who plans to marry Alice...
The Dawn Rider -- John Mason chases after his father's killer, an outlaw who remains illusive until he is tricked into revealing himself with a decoy gold shipment. To complicate matters, the killer is the brother of Alice, the woman with whom Mason has fallen in love. Alice begs Mason not seek vengeance, but a showdown is inevitable.


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20 June 1935 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Mason
Marion Burns ... Alice Gordon

Dennis Moore ... Rudd Gordon (as Denny Meadows)

Reed Howes ... Ben McClure
Joseph De Grasse ... Dad Mason (as Joe DeGrasse)

Yakima Canutt ... Saloon Owner

Earl Dwire ... Pete - Expressman
Nelson McDowell ... Bates - Undertaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Allen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chuck Baldra ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bert Dillard ... Buck (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Barfly (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Jones ... Henchman in Wagon (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Card Player (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Henchman (uncredited)
Fred Parker ... Doctor (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Henchman (uncredited)
Archie Ricks ... Townsman (uncredited)
James Sheridan ... Townsman (uncredited)

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

Robert N. Bradbury  screenplay (uncredited)
Wellyn Totman  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson (film editor)
Sound Department
Dave Stoner .... recordist (as D.S. Stoner)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Billy Barber .... 1985 video/TV added music creator (as William Barber)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Cold Vengeance" - USA (DVD title)
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53 min
Black and White | Color (colorized)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Sunday 28 August 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and in December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7); in New York City, television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 23 July 1950 on WOR (Channel 9).See more »
John Mason:You must be the joker in the deck.
Ben McClure:Well, one things for certain. I ain't the queen.
John Mason:Well, I'm not so sure. You're acting like an old woman.
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Remade as Dawn Rider (2012)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
John Wayne was just about there..., 6 September 2007
Author: Steve Haynie from Easley, South Carolina

The Dawn Rider has all the right elements for a great movie: a love triangle, loyalties between friends and relatives, revenge, right versus wrong, and a strong-willed hero. Packaged into an hour long cowboy package, everything was right for a great movie. As with nearly all B westerns the time and money required to make a great movie were not there.

As John Mason, Wayne never loses focus in his pursuit of his father's killer. At the same time he is oblivious to the yearnings of his best friend's girl, Alice Gordon. Alice is unaware of her brother's criminal doings. Ben McClure is suspicious of Mason when he is around Alice. Rudd Gordon needs to stop Mason before being revealed as a murderer. All the while Yakima Canutt oversees everything as the evil saloon owner.

While the story is very straight forward with no plot twists, every scene works toward the climax. While it may have been the intention of Robert Bradbury to do this, too often a cheap western got bogged down with mindless action scenes. The Dawn Rider holds up very well as a movie that clearly tells its story and gets to the point without losing the viewer.

John Wayne was a strong figure on screen by 1935. His trademark swagger and delivery was still in the making, but he was genuinely the John Wayne of legend by that time. It took another four or five years for Hollywood to notice, though.

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