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Riders of Destiny (1933)

Bad guy Kincaid controls the local water supply and plans to do in the other ranchers. Government agent Saunders shows up undercover to do in Kincaid and win the heart of one of his victims Fay Denton.


Robert N. Bradbury


Robert N. Bradbury (story) (as R.N. Bradbury)




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Singin' Sandy Saunders
Cecilia Parker ... Fay Denton
Forrest Taylor ... James Kincaid
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Charlie Denton (as George Hayes)
Al St. John ... Bert - Henchman
Heinie Conklin ... Elmer - Henchman
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman
Earl Dwire ... Slip Morgan
Lafe McKee ... Sheriff Bill Baxter
Addie Foster Addie Foster ... Mrs. Mason


Kincade controls the area's water supply and is about to force the ranchers into contracts at exorbitant rates. Government Agent Saunders has a plan that will open up the lost river and dry up Kincade's supply. So he gets the ranchers to insist on a clause that Kincade's land will revert to the public if he fails to deliver water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The pre-recorded songs that John Wayne is pantomiming to as Singing Sandy have, in reality, a four-string ukulele instrument accompanying - not a six-string guitar. Furthermore, the rapid strumming technique is indicative of Hawaiian music that reached its zenith of popularity in the 20s, and might be viewed as something of an anomaly compared to the many cowboy songs that would emerge within a few years of this movie's date. See more »


At 50 minutes, as Singin'Sandy chases the evil Kincaid, a modern power line/telephone pole, double poled high tension line, and even a radio tower can be clearly seen in the background. The power pole is to modern to even try to pass itself off as a telegraph pole, as does the one which can be seen by the side of the road behind Sandy as he gallops past. See more »


James Kincaid: I've made Denton an offer he can't refuse.
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Alternate Versions

Later UK releases of this film were cut by 4 seconds to remove animal cruelty (a horse being ridden off a cliff into water) to comply with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »


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Song of the Wild
Composer unknown
Performed by John Wayne
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Remarkably good, one of directors' best, great cast
17 August 1999 | by MichaelM-3See all my reviews

This movie is surprisingly good. Director Robert North Bradbury, actor Bob Steele's father, did some of his best work here.

There is an attention to detail in this film that is missing from too many B Westerns.

The cast is top flight, with John Wayne, even this early, showing that personality that led him to become the single most popular movie star in the history of Hollywood. (Yes, even today there is no single star who has sold as many tickets.)

Al St. John, later known as "Fuzzy," plays a different kind of role, but still shows himself the champion scene stealer.

Cecilia Parker was a doll, cute, perky, with animated features that should have led her into more fame.

The stunt work shows the hand of that master, Yakima Canutt, who is also cast in a minor part.

All in all, this movie is about as much fun as any one film can be; it is more than worth watching: it is worth watching again.

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Release Date:

10 October 1933 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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