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Wagon Wheels Westward (1945)

Passed | | Western | 21 December 1945 (USA)
While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be ... See full summary »

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writers:

Earle Snell (screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Robert Blake ... Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)
Alice Fleming ... Martha 'The Duchess' Wentworth
Linda Stirling ... Arlie Adams
Roy Barcroft ... Dave McKean Posing as John Larkin
Emmett Lynn ... Pop Dale
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Tuttle
Jay Kirby ... Bob Adams
George J. Lewis ... Lunsford
Bud Geary ... Fake Sheriff Jeff Brown
Tom London ... Fake Judge James E. Worth
Kenne Duncan ... Henchman Joe
George Chesebro ... Henchman Butch Posing as Tom Sutton
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While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be labeled next-of-kin versions. Republic's offering finds The Duchess and her nephew Red Ryder setting out to pioneer a new stagecoach line through the wild, rough country leading to Desert Springs, a small, isolated town. To ensure the customer base for the new line, they are bringing with them a wagon train of prospective settlers who want land of their own and have the cash to pay for it. Red and the Duchess are unaware that their letter to John Larkin, the hotel owner and land agent in Desert Springs, has been intercepted by Dave McKean and his henchmen. McKean has intentions of letting Larkin complete the land deals and then he and his gang will steal the money. Arriving in Desert Springs, McKean & Co. are startled to find the town completely deserted (because of a rumored gold strike elsewhere), ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RIDE the ADVENTURE TRAIL WITH RED RYDER...the fast-shootin', hard-ridin' hero of millions (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1945 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening shot: "Red Ryder" and "Little Beaver" step out of a book, then proceeds with the regular credits. See more »

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The Desert Springs Caper
4 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Quite a bit more plot than usual is in this Red Ryder western from Republic Pictures. This one involves nothing less than an outlaw gang headed by perennial western villain Roy Barcroft masquerading as the citizens of the sleepy town of Desert Springs and taking the money quite illegally from the travelers on a Wagon Train that Bill Elliott and the Duchess are leading. Alice Fleming is thinking of setting up a stage line in this area where the railroad hasn't traveled and the news of the outside world only rarely.

The appearance of George J. Lewis who is both blackmailing one of the women on the wagon train and who simultaneously wants to cut himself in on Barcroft's scheme gets Lewis murdered and the whole outlaw plan slowly unraveling. It might have worked but Red Ryder that peaceable man smells a rat and he has the same opinion that Rooster Cogburn has of rodents of all kinds.

Wagon Wheels Westward still holds up as good western entertainment even for today's more jaded audience.


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