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Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner?


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Dare Rudd
Judy Worstall
Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
John Patterson ...
Lynn Hardy
Bart Hammond
Dinkey Hooley
Cattle Buyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henchman (uncredited)
Johnny Boyle ...
Sam (uncredited)
Brady (uncredited)
Jack Daley ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Cowhand (uncredited)
Bartender #1 (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ...
Sheriff Pete Starr (uncredited)
Nick Lukats ...
Jim Fallon (uncredited)
Trail Hand (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ...
Bartender #2 (uncredited)
Lee Prather ...
Lightning Rod Salesman (uncredited)
Barfly (uncredited)
Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by

Charles Barton

Written by

Stuart Anthony ... (screenplay) and
Robert Yost ... (screenplay)
Zane Grey ... (novel)
Jack Natteford ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)

Produced by

William T. Lackey ... producer (uncredited)
William LeBaron ... executive producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Devereaux Jennings ... (photographed by) (as Dev Jennings)

Film Editing by

John F. Link Sr. ... (as John Link)

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier
Robert Odell

Set Decoration by

A.E. Freudeman

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Hal Walker ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Charles Hisserich ... sound recordist
Walter Oberst ... sound recordist

Music Department

Boris Morros ... musical director
George Antheil ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Adolph Zukor ... presenter

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Plot Summary

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

Taglines CRIMSON-STREAKED ROMANCE HITS THE TRAIL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hell Town (United States)
  • Hell Town (Canada, English title)
  • Helltown (France)
  • La ville du diable (France)
  • Die Spielhölle von Wyoming (Germany)
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  • 59 min
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Trivia Due to a studio clerical error, Alan Ladd was credited for an appearance in this film as an "Inspector". He does not, in fact, appear in it and there is no "Inspector" involved in the story. However, his name is included in 13th position in the credited cast published by Weekly Variety 16 March 1938, and this information was erroneously picked up by the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1939. By the time it was re-released, Ladd had become a prominent and popular player, so his name was likewise prominently displayed, often receiving equal billing right along with John Wayne, not only on all the re-titled advertising material, but also in most television program schedules once telecasts began. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Red River Valley See more »
Quotes Tom Fillmore: Why don't you get married and settle down? Why, you're running around like a maverick without a brand on.
Dare Rudd: Well, I don't like branding. It hurts in the wrong place.
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