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The Dawn Rider (1935)

Approved | | Western | 20 June 1935 (USA)
Just as John travels to visit his father, he witnesses his death and suffers a gun wound - a beautiful woman is kind enough to help him bring the killers to justice, but jealousy from another man may cause problems.


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


Lloyd Nosler (story)




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Mason
Marion Burns ... Alice Gordon
Dennis Moore ... Rudd Gordon (as Denny Meadows)
Reed Howes ... Ben McClure
Joseph De Grasse Joseph De Grasse ... Dad Mason (as Joe DeGrasse)
Yakima Canutt ... Saloon Owner
Earl Dwire ... Pete - Expressman
Nelson McDowell ... Bates - Undertaker


When John Mason's father is killed, John is wounded. Attracted to his nurse Alice, a conflict arises between him and his friend Ben who plans to marry Alice. John later finds the killer of his father but goes to face him not knowing Ben has removed the bullets from his gun. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The End Of The Vengeance Trail




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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 »


During the getaway scene from the initial robbery and murder, five outlaws are riding away. John Wayne's character shoots two of them as they cross a small bridge, causing both to fall off their horses. In the next scene though, five riders continue down the road, galloping five abreast. See more »


John Mason: [responding to a threat from Ben] You and whose army?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: The Dawn Rider (2015) See more »

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The Duke isn't at his luckiest in this film....
14 June 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

John Wayne ("Mason") arrives in town to visit his father, but before he can catch up with him, he gets embroiled in a fight with Reed Howes ("McClure") which, when it ends amicably enough, leads them to have a few drinks and become firm friends... Now he goes to visit Pop, but the freight office where he works is being robbed and both he and his father are shot; the latter is killed. The Duke is put in the capable hands of Marion Burns ("Alice") to recuperate; she being the beau of "McClure" so we soon have a silly love triangle as well as a team effort to track down the murderous robbers. There's nothing wrong with this cheap and cheerful B-western; there are a few heavily staged fisticuffs and the dialogue is repeated a bit too woodenly from the script, but it is an enjoyable, simple, 55 minutes with quite an entertaining rough and tumble conclusion....

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Release Date:

20 June 1935 (USA) See more »

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Cold Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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$10,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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