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Riders of Destiny (1933)





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In the first of his 16 Westerns for Monogram, John Wayne plays Singin' Sandy Saunders, a drifter who witnesses what he at first believes to be a stage robbery. In reality, the "road agent" is a girl, Fay Denton (Cecilia Parker), and she is "stealing" her own money in order to prevent a phony stage holdup further down the road. As Fay's father, Charlie "Dad" Denton (George Hayes), explains, the culprit behind a rash of pretend stage holdups committed by two bumbling drivers (Al St. John and Heinie Conklin) is James Kincaid (Forrest Taylor), who is also forcing the local farmers off their lands by demanding an outrageous price for his water. When Sandy appears on the horizon, Kincaid engages a notorious gunman, Slip Morgan (Earl Dwire), but Sandy disarms the bandit for good by shooting him through both wrists. Much to Fay's disgust, Kincaid quickly hires the newcomer, now known as "the most notorious outlaw since Billy the Kid," and Saunders suggests that they dynamite Dad Denton's well, the only other available source of water in the area. It is all a ruse, of course, and Sandy soon reveals himself to be a government agent in disguise.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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John Wayne
as Singin' Sandy Saunders
Cecilia Parker
as Fay Denton
George 'Gabby' Hayes
as Charlie Denton
Forrest Taylor
as James Kincaid
Yakima Canutt
as henchman
Heinie Conklin
as Stage Driver
Earl Dwire
as Slip Morman
Fern Emmett
as Farm Woman
Hal Price
as Townsman Recognizing Sandy
Si Jenks
as Bather
Silver Tip Baker
as townsman
Addie Foster
as driver's wife
Tex Palmer
as henchman
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Critic Reviews for Riders of Destiny

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Looks glossy for a production that was only budgeted for $10,000.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Riders of Destiny

A singing cowboy who's also a government agents heads out west to foil a plot to steal everyone's water. Other than the shock of seeing John Wayne lip sync to a few western recordings clearly sung by someone else, this is all by-the-numbers with little action.

Tim Henry
Tim Henry

One of and endless series of John Wayne "B" westerns he made in the 1930's. This one is a little better than most, still, nothing special at all in any way. Poorly acted. John Wayne's acting did improve in time, but he was never a great actor, Oscar or no Oscar.

James Higgins
James Higgins

One of John Wayne's very few "singing cowboy" pictures. Seriously, out of nowhere, he just bursts into song! And the truly hilarious part is that it's not even Duke singing! It's some other guy singing while Duke moves his lips to the words and pretends to play the guitar! And you know what a distinctive, recognizable voice John Wayne has, right? Well, let's just say that the result is about as convincing as James Earl Jones lip syncing to Clay Aiken!

Christopher Poole
Christopher Poole

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