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Westward Ho (1935)

Passed | | Drama, History, Western | 19 August 1935 (USA)
As a youngster John Wyatt saw his parents killed and his brother kidnapped. On a wagon train heading West he meets his brother who is now a spy for the gang which originally did the dirty work. He and his brother both fall for Mary Gordon.

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(as R.N. Bradbury)

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(story and screen play) (as Robert Emmett), (story and screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Mary Gordon (as Sheila Mannors)
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Jim Wyatt
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Lafe Gordon (as James Farley)
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John Wyatt - as a Child
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Jim Wyatt - as a Child
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Ballard's trail jumpers attack the Wyatt Company wagon train, killing young John's parents and kidnaping his brother, Jim. In post-Civil War California, John Wyatt, now a man, pulls together a vigilante posse, The Singing Riders, who all ride white horses, dress alike, and ride the trails singing and rounding up outlaw gangs. Meanwhile, John is ever on the lookout for the gang that murdered his parents. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Drama | History | Western

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19 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caça aos Bandidos  »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$500,000
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This was Republic Pictures' first production. See more »

Goofs

The handwriting on the notes that John Wyatt distributes varies between different notes. See more »

Quotes

John Wyatt: Oh, Carter, have the boys mount up. We'll go into Red Bluff and spend the evening. Maybe some of the boys would like a little sarsaparilla.
Carter - Singing Rider: Maybe they would. Me too. I'll tell 'em.
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Opening titles: This picture is dedicated to the Vigilantes... builders of the New Empire of the West... stern frontiersmen of the days of '49. Men who gave their lives to purge the new frontier of lawlessness. See more »

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Spoofed in Westward Ho-Hum (1941) See more »

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The Vigilantes
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Written by Tim Spencer and Glenn Strange
Sung by The Singing Riders
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Song Of The Vigilante
12 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Separated during an attack on their family's covered wagon, one boy is taken and raised by the murderous bandits, while the other becomes a man (John Wayne) and leads a group of vigilantes against the outlaws and his own brother.

In 1935, the Lone Star unit was sold by Monogram to the fledgling Republic Pictures, who gave producer Paul Malvern a bigger budget to work with and it really shows.

While this has basically the same formula as Wayne's earlier work for Lone Star, the production values are far greater, with some really nice photography, excellent locations, and a nice little stunt-filled finale. It's always good to see Glenn Strange play a good guy too.

Thrown in are some decent songs, including another odd lip-sync performance from the Duke. Also pretty goofy is the dedication at the beginning of the movie, a salute to the vigilantes of the old west!


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