Riders of Destiny
Riders of Destiny a 1933 Pre-Code Western musical film starring 26-year-old John Wayne as Singin' Sandy Saunders, the screen's second singing cowboy (the first being Ken Maynard in the 1929 film The Wagon Master).
It was the first of a series of Lone Star Westerns made for Monogram Pictures by Wayne and director Robert N. Bradbury and the first pairing of Wayne with George "Gabby" Hayes.
Wayne's singing voice was dubbed and the film is considerably darker than the Gene Autry singing cowboy movies that followed it; for example, Singin' Sandy's ten-gallon hat was black instead of white and he would grimly chant about "streets soon running with blood" and "you'll be drinking your drinks with the dead" as he strode purposefully down the street toward a showdown.
The supporting cast includes George "Gabby" Hayes, acrobatic comedian Al St. John, and stuntman Yakima Canutt, and the movie was written and directed by Robert N. Bradbury.
The film was the first of the Lone Star Productions released through Monogram Pictures.
John Wayne's dubbed singing, which bore no resemblance to his unique speaking voice, was the reason he soon abandoned the singing cowboy format [he did play a singing cowboy - though not Singin' Sandy - at least once later in Lawless Range]: he was chronically embarrassed during personal appearances when he couldn't accommodate children who clamored for a Singin' Sandy song.
Gene Autry was chosen by the studio as Wayne's replacement in the new genre, immediately solving the live singing problem while ushering in a much lighter take on the format than Wayne's grimly intense rendition.
John Wayne as Singin' Sandy Saunders
Cecilia Parker as Fay Denton
Forrest Taylor as James Kincaid
George "Gabby" Hayes as Charlie Denton (billed as George Hayes)
Al St. John as Henchman Bert
Heinie Conklin as Henchman Elmer
Yakima Canutt as Henchman
Earl Dwire as Slip Morgan
Lafe McKee as Sheriff Bill Baxter
Addie Foster as Mrs. Mason
Silver Tip Baker as Townsman (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter as Rancher (uncredited)
William Dyer as Rancher (uncredited)
Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
Produced by Paul Malvern
Written by Robert N. Bradbury
Cinematography: Archie Stout
Edited by Carl Pierson
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release dates: October 10, 1933 (USA)
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run time: 53 minutes B/W
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