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Ride Him, Cowboy
Director: Fred Allen (Dir)
Release Date:   27 Aug 1932
Duration (in mins):   55-56 or 61
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   John Wayne (John Drury)  
    Duke (A horse)  
    Ruth Hall (Ruth Gaunt)  
    Henry B. Walthall (John Gaunt)  
    Otis Harlan (Judge Jones)  
    Harry Gribbon (Clout)  
    Frank Hagney (The hawk)  
    Charles Sellon (Judge Bartlett)  

Summary: A gang of thieves breaks into the Gaunt ranch, where they strike one of the ranch hands and try to steal a horse. After the gang makes its getaway, the leader, Sims, stays behind. Although he is really a notorious murderer known as "The Hawk," most of the townspeople know Sims as a good citizen. He claims that Duke, a spirited horse, was responsible for wounding the ranch hand. The townspeople are about to kill Duke, when John Drury rides into town and stops them. He convinces them to agree that if he can ride Duke, they will not kill him. Over Sims's objections, John rides Duke and the horse is saved. At a meeting of vigilantes, John volunteers to track down The Hawk, and Sims agrees to show him The Hawk's hideout. After Ruth Gaunt warns John about The Hawk, who killed her father, Sims and John ride into the desert, where Sims reveals himself as The Hawk and leaves John and Duke to die. That night, The Hawk's gang burns down the Gordon ranch and leaves John's harmonica behind in order to throw suspicion on John. When the vigilantes find the harmonica at the Gordon ranch, they ride off in search of John, who has escaped from the desert with Duke's help. Meanwhile, Ruth nurses her wounded ranch hand, who recovers consciousness and names Sims as The Hawk. Ruth then rushes off to save John. She tells her story to the vigilantes, who have captured John and are now holding a trial, but no one believes her until Sims's men break into the courtroom looking for their boss. While the posse rounds up the gang, John rides after Sims who has kidnapped Ruth and escaped. Duke corners Sims and finally has revenge on the man who tried to have him killed. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A Four Star Western
Distribution Company: Vitagraph, Inc.  
Director: Fred Allen (Dir)
Producer: Leon Schlesinger (Pres)
  Sid Rogell (Assoc prod)
Writer: Kenneth Perkins (Story)
  Scott Mason (Adpt and dial)
Photography: Ted McCord (Photog)
  Milton Krasner (2d cam)
  John McBirney (Asst cam)
  Irving Glassberg (Asst cam)
Film Editor: Wm. Clemens (Film ed)
Sound: Oliver Garretson (Sd)
Production Misc: William Thomas (Still photog)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Ride Him Cowboy by Kenneth Perkins (New York, 1923).
Authors: Kenneth Perkins

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Vitagraph, Inc. 23/8/1932 dd/mm/yyyy LP3213 Yes

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric System

 
Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): False accusations
  Horses
  Murder
 
Subjects (Minor): Deserts
  Grandfathers
  Firearms
  Harmonicas
  Judges
  Romance
  Trials

Note: This film is a remake of the 1926 First National picture titled The Unknown Cavalier , directed by Albert Rogell and starring Ken Maynard and his horse Tarzan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5971). Modern sources add the following to the cast: Lafe McKee, Ben Corbett, Glenn Strange, Fred Burns. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   29 Oct 32   p. 6.
International Photographer   1 Jul 32   p. 30.
Variety   1 Nov 32   p. 13.

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