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Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)

Approved | | Western | 18 December 1942 (USA)
Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Roberts
Mona Barrie ...
Sadie Rand
Raymond Hatton ...
Terry Wallace
Maude Eburne ...
Sarah Harkins
Christine McIntyre ...
Mary Harkins - Sarah's Daughter
Mrs. Elmira Corkle
Robert Frazer ...
Judge John Corkle
Harry Woods ...
Jim Corkle - Judge's Brother
Matt Rand (as Tris Coffin)
Lee Shumway ...
Joe Wallace - Railroad Official
Chuck Loder
Steve Clark ...
Alex Kirby - Carson's Messenger
Warren Jackson ...
Fred Cooke - Bartender


Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.

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18 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amanhecer na Fronteira  »

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Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Words by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by Mona Barrie
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Renegades and Railroad Supplies
29 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Seeing how well Republic had done with The Three Mesquiteer cowboy trio concept and that it had also worked for Paramount with Hopalong Cassidy, Monogram decided to form its own trio for low budget westerns, the Rough Riders. Not that there were any high budget films done at that studio.

The Rough Riders were originally Buck Jones, Raymond Hatton and Tim McCoy, all of whom started out on the silent screen. McCoy bowed out and Rex Bell took his place as a Rough Rider.

Sadly this B western for Monogram would prove to be the end of the trail for Buck Jones as he was tragically killed in the famous Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire in Boston. Not much of an epitaph from the film industry for a great western star.

Town boss Harry Woods and chief henchman Roy Barcroft don't want the railroad coming in because too many settlers might just mean the end of having things their way. Barcroft has a nice little sideline as a white man who runs an outlaw band that attacks and massacres wagon trains to keep the settlement population down.

Of course with Jones and Hatton on the outside and Bell working on the inside things are soon put to rights. Jones even has time for a fling with Mona Barrie, a poker Alice type gambling lady.

Dawn of the Great Divide got butchered badly in the editing department, there's a lot more footage out there I'm sure. But we'll never see it, I doubt they'll be demand for a director's cut of a Monogram feature.

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