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Wagon Wheels Westward (1945)

Passed | | Western | 21 December 1945 (USA)
While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be ... See full summary »

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Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)
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Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)
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Arlie Adams
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Dave McKean Posing as John Larkin
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Pop Dale
Dick Curtis ...
Henchman Tuttle
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Bob Adams
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Lunsford
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Fake Sheriff Jeff Brown
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Fake Judge James E. Worth
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Henchman Joe
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Henchman Butch Posing as Tom Sutton
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While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be labeled next-of-kin versions. Republic's offering finds The Duchess and her nephew Red Ryder setting out to pioneer a new stagecoach line through the wild, rough country leading to Desert Springs, a small, isolated town. To ensure the customer base for the new line, they are bringing with them a wagon train of prospective settlers who want land of their own and have the cash to pay for it. Red and the Duchess are unaware that their letter to John Larkin, the hotel owner and land agent in Desert Springs, has been intercepted by Dave McKean and his henchmen. McKean has intentions of letting Larkin complete the land deals and then he and his gang will steal the money. Arriving in Desert Springs, McKean & Co. are startled to find the town completely deserted (because of a rumored gold strike elsewhere), ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A pulse-pounding action thrill you'll never forget!(original poster) See more »

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Opening shot: "Red Ryder" and "Little Beaver" step out of a book, then proceeds with the regular credits. See more »

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"Sounds like that long legged nephew of mine has cut loose again, proving what a peaceable man he is."
1 March 2006 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

All the Wild Bill Elliott Red Ryder films have that story book opening where he steps out from behind the cover of a dime novel, gun drawn and ready for action. With this one, Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) steps out with him in a neat introduction to the story. The other regular on hand is Red's Aunt, the Duchess (Alice Fleming), though I can't recall her being referred to by that name this time out.

"Wagon Wheels Westward" plays out as a fairly standard and formulaic story, with Red and company tackling a villainous gang attempting to loot the members of a wagon train load of settlers heading for Desert Springs. When they get there, it looks like "Deserted Springs" - not a soul in sight. The mystery is resolved by the end of the film, it seems that gold fever stampeded everyone out of town!

The bad guys, headed by Dave McKean (Roy Barcroft) posing as land agent John Larkin, attempt to get the drop on the settlers by issuing fake deeds in return for their cash. Naturally they intend to high tail it once they loot the settlers, but Red Ryder smells something fishy and gets busy smoking out the bad guys. The film offers the expected shootout between both sides, and it's the only time in any Western when I heard one of the bad guys complain about wasting ammunition. That was before the quick thinking Little Beaver dropped a pair of bricks on a couple of the baddies knocking them out; his bow and arrow must have been out of commission.

I always get a kick out of seeing young Bobby Blake, whether in the old "Our Gang" series, or backing up the Rocky Lane or Bill Elliot Red Ryder's. Even back then he bore a strong resemblance to the adult Robert Blake of "Baretta" and more recently the celebrated murder trial. Little Beaver's favorite response to a Red Ryder request - "You betchum"!

Wild Bill Elliott has a rather long list of credits with over two hundred films, which included sixteen Red Ryder movies. He also got a lot of mileage out of portraying Wild Bill Hickok in a number of films, and even appeared under his own name in 1943's "Calling Wild Bill Elliott". Pretty amazing actually, if you consider if it were done today, we might have something like "Sylvester Stallone:First Blood".


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