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Born to the West
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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)

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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Due to a studio clerical error, Alan Ladd was credited for an appearance in this film. He does not, in fact, appear in it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tom throws his pen on the desk twice between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Dinkey Hooley:Where's this cousin of yours at?
Dare Rudd:Wyoming
Dinkey Hooley:Where do your figure Wyoming's at?
Dare Rudd:Right over yonder beyond that hill... unless somebody's moved it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Duke's Not the Greatest Poker Player West of the Mississippi, 15 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

John Wayne and sidekick Syd Saylor are heading from Montana to Wyoming to the ranch of Wayne's cousin Johnny Mack Brown. Wayne's a cocky sort, fancies himself a great lady's man and poker player. The Duke even in his later and more irascible years usually didn't have parts that called for that, but here he does show that side of his character and shows it well.

Wayne moves in on Marsha Hunt who is Brown's girl friend. That does throw a monkey wrench into the relationship between the cousins. Later on at the hands of cardsharps Monte Blue and James Craig, Wayne gets himself in quite a hole.

Johnny Mack Brown had an interesting career. He was an All American back for the Crimson Tide of Alabama before Paul Bryant took over the team. He opted for a Hollywood career and appeared opposite stars like Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo in silents. His Alabama drawl made him a natural for westerns and he was grinding out the B films just like the Duke was at this time. This is their only film together and they both complement each other's persona well.

Although another great football player Jim Thorpe has a bit role in this film, some lists have Alan Ladd in the cast. I have to say that I examined it frame by frame and there's no trace of Mr. Ladd.

Even without Ladd it's a passably good B western, could have used some better editing, but better than some of what Wayne was doing at Monogram at the time.

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