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Born to the West (1937)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 10 December 1937 (USA)
Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner?


Charles Barton


Stuart Anthony (screenplay), Robert Yost (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Dare Rudd
Marsha Hunt ... Judy Worstall
Johnny Mack Brown ... Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
John Patterson John Patterson ... Lynn Hardy
Monte Blue ... Bart Hammond
Syd Saylor ... Dinkey Hooley
Lucien Littlefield ... Cattle Buyer


Dare Rudd and Dinkey Hooley, roaming cowhands, drift into Montana, where they meet Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, cattleman and banker. Tom offers them jobs but they pass, until Dare sees Tom's sweetheart, Judy Worstall and decides to take the job. He is put in charge of a cattle drive, replacing ranch-foreman Lynn Hardy, who is in cahoots with Bart Hammond, rustler. Dare delivers the cattle to the railhead and is about to return when he is persuaded into a poker game by Buck Brady, a crooked gambler. Dare is almost cleaned out when Tom appears and takes a hand and discovers the dealer is switching decks. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY STACKED THE CARDS AGAINST HIM! BUT HE BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Feb. 4,1938 - all caps) See more »


Romance | Western


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Did You Know?


The opening theme music can also be heard in the Harold Lloyd picture The Milky Way (1936). See more »


As Tom tells Lyn that Dare is the new manager, the portrait of George Washington on the wall behind, appears and disappears between shots. See more »


Fallon: Get out of here! The Sheriff's comin'!
Dinkey Hooley: I think we're on the wrong side.
Dare Rudd: This is no time to think!
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Has a different feel to it
14 August 2014 | by ZooomaSee all my reviews

After six non-western B-movies, John Wayne returns to the saddle for what would be the beginning of the final chapter of his B-movie career. Rather than the standard formulaic B-western where Duke is the known hero who will get the girl, here his cowboy hero status is in question – he has to chase the girl and he's not exactly the squeaky clean character we have always known him as up to this point in his filmography. The story is by acclaimed western novel writer Zane Grey which helps explain how this is different from all that came before it for the Duke.

5.7 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener

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Release Date:

10 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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