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)

run time: 53 minutes B/W

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