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Riders of the Purple Sage (1931)

Passed | | Western | 28 October 1931 (USA)
Lassiter's sister was killed and her young daughter taken and raised by outlaws. Years later Lassiter arrives at the Withersteen ranch looking for the now grown daughter. He immediately ... See full summary »

Director:

Hamilton MacFadden

Writers:

Barry Conners (scenario and dialogue), John F. Goodrich (scenario) (as John Goodrich) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Jim Lassiter
Marguerite Churchill ... Jane Withersteen
Noah Beery ... Judge Dyer
Yvonne Pelletier ... Bess
James Todd James Todd ... Vern Venters
Stanley Fields ... Oldring
Lester Dorr ... Judkins
Shirley Nail Shirley Nail ... Fay Larkin
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Adam Tull, Gang leader
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Lassiter's sister was killed and her young daughter taken and raised by outlaws. Years later Lassiter arrives at the Withersteen ranch looking for the now grown daughter. He immediately gets caught up in the ranch's struggle against rustlers. Trailing a rustled herd of horses leads him to the rustler's hideout and the missing daughter. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Love rides the saddle as rustlers and rangers come to grips See more »

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Amazing camera-work and location filming
18 July 2015 | by gcube1942See all my reviews

I would like to call the attention of viewers of this fine film to the unusual use of camera movement. In most B westerns of the 1930s the camera was very static except in chase scenes. Not so here. As a for instance, note the scene where George O'Brien rides into town - the camera picks him up and is pulled backward around a corner and then pans to catch his dismount. Not easy to execute but fun to watch. There seems to have been an informal "contest" in the 1931 - 1932 time frame to break away from cameras nailed to the ground and get them moving. Many examples exist but few were done in this type of film. Although some outdoor shots are obviously Southern California, many more were made closer to the scene of the original book, Utah. No buttes and mesas in SoCal! The themes addressed in this film are enjoyably adult and the ending thankfully avoids the cliché of the hero kissing his horse and riding off into the sunset.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona cézárja See more »

Filming Locations:

Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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