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Westward Ho (1935)

Passed | | Drama, History, Western | 19 August 1935 (USA)
As a youngster John Wyatt saw his parents killed and his brother kidnapped. On a wagon train heading West he meets his brother who is now a spy for the gang which originally did the dirty work. He and his brother both fall for Mary Gordon.

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(as R.N. Bradbury)

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(story and screen play) (as Robert Emmett), (story and screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Mary Gordon (as Sheila Mannors)
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Lafe Gordon (as James Farley)
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Ballard
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Ma Wyatt
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Mark Wyatt
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Carter - Singing Rider
The Singing Riders ...
Vigilantes
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Storyline

Ballard's trail jumpers attack the Wyatt Company wagon train, killing young John's parents and kidnaping his brother, Jim. In post-Civil War California, John Wyatt, now a man, pulls together a vigilante posse, The Singing Riders, who all ride white horses, dress alike, and ride the trails singing and rounding up outlaw gangs. Meanwhile, John is ever on the lookout for the gang that murdered his parents. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Drama | History | Western

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Passed

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19 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caça aos Bandidos  »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Republic Pictures' first production. See more »

Goofs

The handwriting on the notes that John Wyatt distributes varies between different notes. See more »

Quotes

John Wyatt: [addressing potential recruits] And the answer, men is: we must band together. You, Carter; you, Russell; and every man here that's suffered from the injustice of these gangs. And it's up to us to clean them out. Now my plan is this: every man here will ride a white horse, wear a black shirt and a white scarf. And this way we'll know each other in battle. I'm asking for single men only. Men who'll stick. Who'll join me here?
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Crazy Credits

Opening titles: This picture is dedicated to the Vigilantes... builders of the New Empire of the West... stern frontiersmen of the days of '49. Men who gave their lives to purge the new frontier of lawlessness. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Westward Whoa (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Westward Ho
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Tim Spencer and Glenn Strange
Played and sung as background at the start
Reprised by The Singing Riders
Played and sung as bbackground at the end
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Some great equestrian action sequences, but at what cost.
7 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wonderful example of the early B western is tarnished by some pitiable horse falls that would not be tolerated in today's films. Two scenes in particular show the poor animals somersaulting and going down in a horrendous heap, sometimes on top of one another. Even knowing that the movie is over 70 years old; the sight of the poor animals in such distress still made me heart sick. The Running W appears to have been used liberally in this picture, which is otherwise well acted and produced. John Wayne gives an excellent performance along with a strong supporting cast, while the Owens Valley and Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine provide a realistic backdrop to the story.


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