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Randy Rides Alone (1934)

Approved | | Western | 18 June 1934 (USA)
Jailed for murders he didn't commit, Randy escapes only to stumble into the den of the real murderers.

Director:

Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)

Writers:

Lindsley Parsons (story), Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Randy Bowers
Alberta Vaughn ... Sally Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Marvin Black aka Matt the Mute (as George Hayes)
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Spike
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff
Artie Ortego ... Deputy Al (as Arthur Artego)
Tex Phelps ... Deputy
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Storyline

Randy is jailed for murders he didn't commit. Knowing he is innocent, Sally Rogers breaks him out. Fleeing the Sheriff, he stumbles into the murderers hideout where he is accepted as part of the gang. Learning of the bosses secret identity by comparing handwritten notes, he has a plan that will enable the Sheriff to round them all up. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Fearless - HE RODE THE DANGER TRAIL! (original poster)

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Randy cabalga solo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though released in 1934 (at least 5-6 years after the first talkies), the film is shot very much like a silent movie. Some scenes are silent except for the random sound effect. Dialog seems kept to a minimum, and sound quality of dialog is generally very poor ( though this may be related to the quality of the specific print being shown by TCM). Camera moves are sometimes shaky and frame rate often makes movement jerky. See more »

Goofs

The gun held by the dead man on the saloon counter changes position from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

[reading a bullet-riddled note left on a wanted poster]
Randy Bowers: Lay off Sheriff, or you'll get the same thing - and it won't be no picture.
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Alternate Versions

In 1985, Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc. and Classics Associates, Inc. copyrighted a version with new original music composed and orchestrated by William Barber. It was distributed for television by Fox/Lorber. See more »

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Featured in Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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One of the Duke's Better Early Westerns
11 November 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Randy Rides Alone" is one of the better entries in John Wayne's Lone Star westerns made in the early to mid 30s. And if you've ever wondered what George "Gabby" Hayes looked like without his whiskers, then this film is for you.

Wayne plays undercover investigator Randy Bowers who is sent to investigate a series of robberies committed by Marvin Black (Hayes) and his gang. He comes upon a half-way house which has apparently been robbed and everyone in it killed. But heroine Alberta Vaughn has escaped by hiding in a secret back room. Bowers meanwhile, is arrested for the carnage by the sheriff (Earl Dwire). Black masquerades as Marvin the Mute, the General Store owner, a respectable townsman. Bowers escapes jail and manages to infiltrate the gang and well, you probably can guess the rest.

John Wayne was in the midst of learning his craft in this series. This entry is better than most, particularly the "Singing Sandy" pictures. Hayes before he became "Gabby", played a variety of roles in the series. Sometimes he was the villain, other times the father of the heroine and sometimes a forerunner of the grizzled sidekick that we would soon come to know. Veteran stuntman Yakima Canutt also worked regularly in the series doubling just about everybody. He also played the parts of henchmen in several of them. In this one he's Hayes chief henchman "Spike".

Not a bad "B" western for its time.


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