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Born to the West (1937)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 10 December 1937 (USA)
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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Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-titled "Hell Town," this film was first telecast in New York City Friday 8 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 7 February 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Sunday 20 June 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4); in San Francisco it was first broadcast Thursday 3 March 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »


Tom throws his pen on the desk twice between shots. See more »


Dinkey Hooley: Too bad to waste such good food on just ordinary cowboys. Why, this kind of food is fittin' for human beings.
Cowboy: Well, I ain't human and that ain't fittin'!
Dinkey Hooley: Sink your teeth into those biscuits.
Cowboy: Last time I did, two of 'em stayed there!
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Referenced in Foul Play (1978) See more »


You're the One I Crave
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Played on a player-piano
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Wanna Buy a Lightning Rod?
13 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

*This review is based on the re-release of the film under the title, Hell Town*

Drifter Dare and his friend Dink travel to Wyoming to see Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, banker and president of the cattleman's association. A large number of herd are being rustled in the area, headed by saloon and casino owner Bart Hammond. Tom gives Dare a chance to earn an honest living (Dare bills himself as the greatest poker player west of the Mississippi, while Dink sells lightning rods as part of a payment scam) by working on his next cattle drive. Dare accepts, mostly to impress Tom's sweetheart Judy. After failing to lure Dare into working for him, Hammond has a few of his men sent to sabotage the trail drive, including herd boss Lyn (who lost his job to Dare, and regulated to a hand working the drive). When that fails, Hammond, along with card shark Brady, lures Dare into a crooked poker game, getting the money that Dare earned for the drive. Will Dare leave the game before its too late, or will Tom have to bail his cousin out of this jam somehow? Very good movie, with an excellent cast. Wayne seems to carry most of the film, seeming odd that Brown was an established B western draw, and he could have gotten more scenes in the film. Same goes for Monte Blue who just seemed to pop in and out as the villain Hammond. A bit too much of stock footage for me, but there are plenty of good scenes, and the poker game at the end is on heck of a scene, with plenty of suspense. Rating, based on B-westerns, 9.

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