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West of the Divide (1934)

Ted Hayden impersonates a wanted man and joins Gentry's gang only to learn later that Gentry was the one who killed his father. He saves Virginia Winters' dad's ranch from Gentry and also rescues his long-lost brother Spud.

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Robert N. Bradbury

Writer:

Robert N. Bradbury (story and screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Ted Hayden posing as Gat Ganns
Virginia Brown Faire ... Fay Winters (as Virginia Faire Brown)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Dusty (as George Hayes)
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Mr. Gentry (as Loyd Whitlock)
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Hank
Lafe McKee ... Fred Winters
Billy O'Brien Billy O'Brien ... Spuds (as Billie O'Brien)
Dick Dickinson Dick Dickinson ... Henchman Joe
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Ted Hayden and his pal Dusty Rhodes come across a dying outlaw, Gatt Ganns. On Ganns's person, they find a letter of introduction to rancher Gentry implicating Gentry in the disappearance of Ted's kid brother Jim and the murder of their father many years earlier. Ted takes on Ganns's identity and pretends to go to work for Gentry, while actually looking for further evidence that Gentry did indeed murder his father and abduct his brother. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Two Gun Son Of The West Takes The Law Into His Own Hands! (1940 reissue poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adelfoi ston kindyno See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paul Malvern Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in Syracuse Sunday 17 April 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Detroit Tuesday 3 May 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Wednesday 28 September 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and Sunday 11 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Tuesday 8 November 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), and in New York City Saturday 23 September 1950 on WATV (Channel 13); a recent previous otherwise undocumented telecast on WOR (Channel 9) may likely have taken place earlier as part of their Monday evening film series. See more »

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When the dog spooks the team that Spud is driving, there are fences and buildings in the background. However the close shots of Spud show open fields behind him. See more »

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Doctor Silsby: You got her here just in time. A small artery's been severed. However, I don't think it's very serious.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Edited into Six Gun Theater: West of the Divide (2016) See more »

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Decent enough John Wayne B-Western
28 November 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This early John Wayne western sees Wayne playing Ted Hayden, a man who was left for dead as a boy when he father was killed. In the opening scene he discusses this with the man who looked after him. As they talk a man staggers towards then; he lives just long enough to hell them he has drunk water from a poisoned well. He is carrying papers that identify him as Gat Ganns, a wanted killer who was hoping to work for a certain Mr Gentry; the man who now owns the Hayden farm. As Hayden looks rather like Ganns he takes his place and sees Gentry about the job. It turns out Gentry is trying to acquire a neighbouring ranch and wants 'Ganns' to kill the owner... he also has designs on the owner's attractive daughter. Hayden is determined to find a way to save them. He also learns the truth about who killed his father.

While this isn't exactly a great western it is rather fun. The plot may be fairly predictable but it provides some decent action; this includes fist fights and some solid horse stunts. In most films of this sort the attractive leading lady quickly falls for the handsome hero but here she doesn't even meet him till quite a way into the film... he finds her earlier but she is unconscious. There are some fairly weak points; the opening involves quite a coincidence and Hayden doesn't look particularly like Ganns; certainly not enough that anybody shown the photograph on the wanted poster, as Gentry was, would believe he was Ganns. The acting is decent enough; John Wayne is solid as Hayden and Virginia Brown Faire is suitably sparky as Fay Winters, daughter of the ranch owner Gentry had feelings for. Lloyd Whitlock was a solid bad guy although the character was almost a pantomime villain. Overall this isn't a must see but it is fun if you enjoy westerns and have an hour to kill.


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