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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.

Director:

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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He Played A Flashing Gun-Game That Turned Up A Pack Of Bandits! (original release) 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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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Fox/Lorber Associates, Inc. and Classics Associates, Inc. copyrighted a version in 1985 with a new original score composed and orchestrated by William Barber. It was distributed by Fox/Lorber and ran 48 minutes. See more »

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Version of The Reckless Rider (1932) See more »

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Now I know why my grandfather loved westerns so...
17 June 2000 | by shrine-2See all my reviews

I was a TV addict at a very early age. I lived with my grandparents, and my grandfather and I used to fight over what to watch on his television. He loved westerns; we watched "Cheyenne," and "Wyatt Earp," and "Rifleman," and numerous others during the fifties. I didn't quite share his enthusiasm for these shows, but it was a way to pass the time with him. But after seeing "The West Divide," I know why he loved westerns so. Some may refer to it as a B movie, but I think the B stands for basic. There's something thrilling about its lack of artifice. The sound of fists connecting to flesh doesn't have that ungodly amplification that later, more technically sophisticated examples of the genre had. The sentiment is rarefied like the open air. When the heroine is shot, it's played out plainly and purely; sometimes you can get a stronger emotional effect without a musical score. And the sequence with the runaway team is bracing; I figure the legendary Yakima Canutt stunted in this scene.

And then there is the young John Wayne. I think it is during this period in his career that he proved himself to be the giant star he became. When he dons white buckskin in "The Telegraph Trail," he becomes almost otherworldly. Here he plays a man posing as an outlaw to find the killer of his father. By the time he has set things right, lying supine in his long-lost brother's arms, you understand why so many moviegoers couldn't get enough of him. His entire body in that moment gives way to the scene, and you cherish how tenderly and passionately he's willing to play his part. This movie taps into that well of memories some of us have with family and loved ones, and as Father's Day is tomorrow, it helps remind me what deep, elemental emotion men often feel that these days goes unacknowledged. I certainly wasn't aware of it in those days with my grandfather; but I've gained a new consciousness that has come with my being about his age at the time and watching things I know he'd have loved. Like "The West Divide." It makes you wish they made more westerns like this one.


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