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Westward Ho (1935)

Passed | | Action, Drama, History | 19 August 1935 (USA)
As a youngster John Wyatt saw his parents killed and his brother kidnapped. On a wagon train heading West he meets his brother who is now a spy for the gang which originally did the dirty work. He and his brother both fall for Mary Gordon.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writers:

Robert Emmett Tansey (story and screen play) (as Robert Emmett), Lindsley Parsons (story and screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Wyatt
Sheila Bromley ... Mary Gordon (as Sheila Mannors)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Jim Wyatt
Jim Farley ... Lafe Gordon (as James Farley)
Jack Curtis ... Wick Ballard
Bradley Metcalfe ... John Wyatt - as a Child
Dickie Jones ... Jim Wyatt - as a Child
Mary MacLaren ... Ma Wyatt
Yakima Canutt ... Red - Henchman
Hank Bell ... Mark Wyatt
Glenn Strange ... Carter - Singing Rider
The Singing Riders The Singing Riders ... Vigilantes
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Storyline

Ballard's trail jumpers attack the Wyatt Company wagon train, killing young John's parents and kidnaping his brother, Jim. In post-Civil War California, John Wyatt, now a man, pulls together a vigilante posse, The Singing Riders, who all ride white horses, dress alike, and ride the trails singing and rounding up outlaw gangs. Meanwhile, John is ever on the lookout for the gang that murdered his parents. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Trivia

This was Republic Pictures' first production. See more »

Goofs

The handwriting on the notes that John Wyatt distributes varies between different notes. See more »

Quotes

John Wyatt: [addressing potential recruits] And the answer, men is: we must band together. You, Carter; you, Russell; and every man here that's suffered from the injustice of these gangs. And it's up to us to clean them out. Now my plan is this: every man here will ride a white horse, wear a black shirt and a white scarf. And this way we'll know each other in battle. I'm asking for single men only. Men who'll stick. Who'll join me here?
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Crazy Credits

Opening titles: This picture is dedicated to the Vigilantes... builders of the New Empire of the West... stern frontiersmen of the days of '49. Men who gave their lives to purge the new frontier of lawlessness. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Westward Ho-Hum (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vigilantes
(uncredited)
Written by Tim Spencer and Glenn Strange
Sung by The Singing Riders
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bad screenplay, pretentious settings and arrangements
9 May 2013 | by rightwingisevilSee all my reviews

first, we got people singing a song like watching a play on a stage. then the funny things showed up one by one. by watching this 1935 film i was unable not to think about what the hongkong shaw brothers did to their Chinese kung-fu movies, always with stupid screenplays, weird attires, costumes, hairdos, make-up, terrible acting... pretentious and unrealistic dialog.....all of those horrible arrangements shown in shaw brothers kung fu movies were accidentally matched this pathetic western genre b movie. all the people in this pioneering westward movie wore nice, clean and ironed costumes, even in gunfights, good guys led by john wayne were riding on white horses, wearing white shirts, while the bad guys' horses were just a mixture of different colors. there were so many laughable and pretentious scenes and dialog in this horrible film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1935 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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