Born to the West (1937)

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Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner?



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Complete credited cast:
Judy Worstall
Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
John Patterson ...
Lynn Hardy
Monte Blue ...
Bart Hammond
Lucien Littlefield ...
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Dare Rudd and Dinkey Hooley, roaming cowhands, drift into Montana, where they meet Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, cattleman and banker. Tom offers them jobs but they pass, until Dare sees Tom's sweetheart, Judy Worstall and decides to take the job. He is put in charge of a cattle drive, replacing ranch-foreman Lynn Hardy, who is in cahoots with Bart Hammond, rustler. Dare delivers the cattle to the railhead and is about to return when he is persuaded into a poker game by Buck Brady, a crooked gambler. Dare is almost cleaned out when Tom appears and takes a hand and discovers the dealer is switching decks. Written by Les Adams <>

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It took six murdering rustlers and a girl to make a reckless rover settle down to love! See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

10 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell Town  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The opening theme music can also be heard in the Harold Lloyd picture The Milky Way (1936). See more »


As Tom tells Lyn that Dare is the new manager, the portrait of George Washington on the wall behind, appears and disappears between shots. See more »


Tom Fillmore: Why don't you get married and settle down? Why, you're running around like a maverick without a brand on.
Dare Rudd: Well, I don't like branding. It hurts in the wrong place.
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Version of Born to the West (1926) See more »


You're the One I Crave
Written by Ralph Rainger and Victor Young
Played on a player-piano
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Wayne's Screen Presence Carries the Story
18 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

While it has a story that is not bad in itself, "Born to the West" (or "Hell Town") is mostly carried by John Wayne's screen presence, with some help from Johnny Mack Brown and the rest of a pretty good cast.

Wayne plays a gambling-addicted cowboy who runs into his respected and influential cousin (Brown) while passing through Montana. The two become rivals for the affections of Brown's girlfriend (Marsha Hunt) while at the same time they must join up to deal with cattle rustlers and crooked card players. A lot of the story is routine, but there are some interesting features, and it moves at a good pace. The scenery is also pretty good at times.

The film is a decent Western in its own right, and is also worth watching to see Wayne's performance as a man who has to combine action with some careful thinking about his future. It's not hard to see why soon after this movie he started to get the big roles and the attention due to a star.

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