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Westward Ho (1935)

Westward Ho (1935)

Westward Ho

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Westward Ho begins as hero John Wyatt (John Wayne) vows to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of cattle rustlers. Years later, Wyatt is put in charge of a band of vigilantes, bent on rounding up a gang of outlaws. He discovers to his chagrin that one of the bandits is his own long-lost brother (Frank McGlynn Jr.) This revelation eventually leads our hero to the men responsible for the slaughter of his family. Gorgeous location photography by Archie J. Stout is the film's main asset. Though released by Republic, Westward Ho is closer in spirit to John Wayne's previous "Lone Star" series for Monogram -- and small wonder, since it was originally intended to be part of that series.more

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Cast

John Wayne
as John Wyatt
Sheila Mannors
as Mary Gordon
Jack Curtis
as Whit Ballard
Sheila Bromley
as Mary Gordon
Hank Bell
as Mark Wyatt
Mary MacLaren
as Hannah Wyatt
Jim Farley
as Lafe Gordon
Dick Jones
as Young Jim
Sheila Manners
as Mary Gordon
James Farley
as Lafe Gordon
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If you're a friend of the B Western genre, you can't go wrong with this oater.

Full Review… | October 10, 2005
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Westward Ho! (Robert N. Bradbury, 1935)

One of John Wayne's better Robert Bradbury-directed two-reelers for Lone Star Pictures, and the first under the Republic banner, Westward Ho! Pits brother against brother in a classic (and yes, you can read that as a euphemism for "derivative") tale of mistaken identity and revenge. Wayne plays John Wyatt, who as a child (an early role for child star Bradley Metcalfe) watched a gang of bandits kill his parents and kidnap his brother. Fast-forward a decade and change and Wyatt is now the head of the Singing Riders, a vigilante group who are dedicated to protecting the safety of the wagon trains from bandits like those who preyed on Wyatt's family. Wyatt, of course, is always on the lookout for that particular bunch, headed up by the nefarious Ballard (character actor Jack Curtis, who turned in uncredited roles in such classics as Citizen Kane, My Darling Clementine, and White Fang). When he finds Ballard's gang, one of its younger members looks familiar...it's standard two-dimensional stuff, where the good guys are pure as spring water and the bad guys are the worst things EVER, though screenwriters Robert Emmett Tansey and Lindsley Parsons do stir things up a little with the whole kidnapped-brother angle (Wyatt, of course, has to show his younger brother, played as an adult by Frank McGlynn Jr., who died under mysterious circumstances in 1939 just as his career was taking off, the error of his ways). But it's pretty darned enjoyable, probably the best pre-Stagecoach John Wayne flick I've seen so far. ***

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