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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?

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

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

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
Lucien Littlefield ... Cattle Buyer
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Storyline

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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CRIMSON-STREAKED ROMANCE HITS THE TRAIL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On its first reissue, the company added random stock footage of cattle drives, chases, and stampedes to bring the running time to over an hour. See more »

Goofs

Hammond raises his knife and fork twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

[after losing a fistfight, Dare and his friends are thrown out of the casino]
Dare Rudd: Guess that'll teach that fella to draw any aces out of sleeve.
Dinkey Hooley: Aw, why don't you quit playin' cards? You always wind up loosin' your shirt or get one torn off your back.
Dare Rudd: I whipped him didn't I?
Dinkey Hooley: Hah! That's what you think! It's a good thing I stepped in when I did or you'd get yourself a black eye.
[Dare turns to the camera revealing a black eye]
Dare Rudd: Yeah? I'm beginning to think Wyoming isn't such a friendly place.
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Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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HELL TOWN (Charles Barton, 1937) **
26 May 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This one’s slightly better than Texas TERROR, mainly because it features a better-than-average cast – apart from Wayne, of course, there’s Johnny “Mack” Brown as The Duke’s cousin/boss, Marsha Hunt (later co-star of the classic Anthony Mann noir RAW DEAL [1948]) as the girl who comes between them, Lucien Littlefield as Wayne’s sidekick/conscience, and Monte Blue as the villainous (but ostensibly respectable) leader of a gang of cattle rustlers.

Based on a Zane Grey novel, the film was originally released as BORN TO THE WEST – but this got changed on its re-issue to the more vivid HELL TOWN; interestingly, Wayne’s leadership of a cattle drive here anticipates Howard Hawks’ Western masterpiece RED RIVER (1948), in which he gave one of his finest performances.

Again, the film runs for less than one hour while involving standard excitements – a saloon brawl, various cattlemen-vs.-rustlers clashes, a marathon poker game erupting into violence, etc. – and familiar embellishments, such as comedy relief and romance (except that lovely young Hunt makes for a much more interesting partner for the Duke than the wooden Lucille Browne of Texas TERROR). All in all, though, the film remains strictly a potboiler.


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