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Director:
Writers:
Stuart Anthony (screenplay) and
Robert Yost (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 December 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
CRIMSON-STREAKED ROMANCE HITS THE TRAIL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Dare Rudd

Marsha Hunt ... Judy Worstall

Johnny Mack Brown ... Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
John Patterson ... Lynn Hardy
Monte Blue ... Bart Hammond
Lucien Littlefield ... Cattle Buyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Boyle ... Sam (uncredited)
James Craig ... Brady (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Card Player (uncredited)
Earl Dwire ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Bartender #1 (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ... Sheriff Pete Starr (uncredited)
Nick Lukats ... Jim Fallon (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Trail Hand (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Bartender #2 (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Lightning Rod Salesman (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Dinkey Hooley (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Barfly (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Barton 
 
Writing credits
Stuart Anthony (screenplay) and
Robert Yost (screenplay)

Zane Grey (novel)

Jack Natteford  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
William T. Lackey .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Devereaux Jennings (photographed by) (as Dev Jennings)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Link Sr.  (as John Link)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Walker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Hisserich .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hell Town" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
59 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | USA:Approved | USA:Approved (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
On its first reissue, the company added random stock footage of cattle drives, chases, and stampedes to bring the running time to over an hour.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tom throws his pen on the desk twice between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[after losing a fistfight, Dare and his friends are thrown out of the casino]
Dare Rudd:Guess that'll teach that fella to draw any aces out of sleeve.
Dinkey Hooley:Aw, why don't you quit playin' cards? You always wind up loosin' your shirt or get one torn off your back.
Dare Rudd:I whipped him didn't I?
Dinkey Hooley:Hah! That's what you think! It's a good thing I stepped in when I did or you'd get yourself a black eye.
[Dare turns to the camera revealing a black eye]
Dare Rudd:Yeah? I'm beginning to think Wyoming isn't such a friendly place.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Foul Play (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
You're the One I CraveSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wanna Buy a Lightning Rod?, 13 October 2004
Author: Mike-764 (michaelnella@yahoo.com) from Flushing, NY

*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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