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Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.


Fred Allen


Kenneth Perkins (by), Scott Mason (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Drury
Duke Duke ... Duke - Gaunt's Horse
Ruth Hall ... Ruth Gaunt
Henry B. Walthall ... John Gaunt
Otis Harlan ... Judge Jones
Harry Gribbon ... Deputy Sheriff Clout
Frank Hagney ... Henry Sims - aka The Hawk


John Drury agrees to look for the outlaw known as the Hawk and Henry Simms volunteers to help him. But Simms is the Hawk and he leaves Drury on the desert to die. Simms then kills a man and plants John's harmonica at the scene. With the help of his horse Duke, John returns only to find that he is accused of murder and about to face the hanging Judge. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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YIPEE! Here Come The Ridin', Fightin' King of the Range! (1939 reissue poster)


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A remake of the 1926 film 'The Uknown Cavalier which stared Ken Maynard in John Wayne's role. See more »


A horse is shown trying to break free from a slender tree. The tree is visibly held up by a rope placed there to make sure it didn't fall over while the horse was jumping around. The rope disappears when the camera does a closeup of the horse. The rope then again appears when the camera is farther away. See more »


John Drury: Where I come from we don't shoot horses when they get ornery; we tame 'em.
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Version of The Unknown Cavalier (1926) See more »


She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Played during the opening photo credits and at the end
Played on harmonica by John Wayne
Played by the band for dance music at the party
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Great Oater when you were 10.
21 March 2018 | by pensmanSee all my reviews

Let's see, this picture was made in 1932 and my parents were just about ten years old. As this was the depression and my dad was one of six kids, I doubt if he had a nickel to spend. As I watch this, as an old, old man; I see it as a pretty good oater. Lots of action, last minute rescues, and a smattering of adult humor. At least, I hope the humor was adult aimed for I know I wouldn't have gotten it. John Wayne got top billing although he shared it with Duke, his horse.

The action moves quickly enough for kids to follow it to see if Wayne caught the bad guy or at least exposed him to the law. I thought the film held up over the years. Solid supporting cast with both Harry Gribbon and Otis Harlan providing the humor; a little gallows at times but no doubt that was for any adult who wandered in.

You have to feel sorry for Wayne's character, John Drury, who goes from horse saving hero to wanted outlaw in the blink of an eye. I think after all was done with, I would have just moved on and left these people to themselves.

But, all in all, a decent oater for its time.

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Release Date:

27 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hvide Hævner See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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