Robert North Bradbury

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    Date of birth
    23 March 1886
    Walla Walla, Washington, USA

    Date of death
    24 November 1949
    Glendale, California, USA.

    Father of actor Bill Bradbury. (show more)

    Sometimes Credited As:
    R. N. Bradbury
    R.N. Bradbury
    Robert North Bradbury
    Robert Bradbury

    Prolific western producer, director and writer Robert N. Bradbury
    was in films from1918.
    Even in the silent period, Bradbury was none too selective about his assignments,
    fluctuating from major-studio programmers
    to the fly-by-night quickies produced by
    Anthony J. Xydias and other entrepreneurs.
    In the early 1930s, Bradbury directed
    many of the now-famous Lone Star "B" westerns
    ( Riders of Destiny, Blue Steel etc.) starring John Wayne.

    Bob Steele

    Robert North Bradbury was the father of cowboy star Bob Steele,
    who made his first appearances under his dad's direction in
    Pathe's Adventures of Bill and Bob
    semi-travelogues of the 1920s;
    perhaps significantly, many of the Bob Steele vehicles
    of the 1930s scripted by Bradbury
    concerned the hero's search for the man who murdered his father
    . ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

    1. 'Neath Arizona Skies (1962) (original material)
    2. Forbidden Trails (1941)
    3. Romance of the Rockies (1937) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    4. Danger Valley (1937) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    5. Where Trails Divide (1937)
    6. Stars Over Arizona (1937)
    7. God's Country and the Man (1937)
    ... aka The Avenging Stranger (UK)
    8. Riders of the Dawn (1937)
    9. Riders of the Rockies (1937)
    10. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    11. The Trusted Outlaw (1937)
    12. Hittin' the Trail (1937) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    13. Trouble in Texas (1937) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    14. The Gun Ranger (1937)
    15. Headin' for the Rio Grande (1936)
    16. Cavalry (1936)
    17. Brand of the Outlaws (1936)
    ... aka Brand of Outlaws
    18. The Law Rides (1936)
    19. Last of the Warrens (1936)
    20. The Kid Ranger (1936)
    21. Valley of the Lawless (1936)
    22. Trail of Terror (1935)
    ... aka Gangster's Enemy Number One (UK)
    23. The Courageous Avenger (1935)
    24. Alias John Law (1935/I)
    25. Lawless Range (1935) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    26. Between Men (1935)
    27. The Rider of the Law (1935)
    28. Westward Ho (1935) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    29. Sundown Saunders (1935)
    30. The Dawn Rider (1935) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    31. Tombstone Terror (1935)
    32. Smokey Smith (1935)
    33. Rainbow Valley (1935)
    34. Big Calibre (1935)
    35. Kid Courageous (1935)
    36. Texas Terror (1935) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    37. No Man's Range (1935)
    ... aka Non Man's Land
    38. Western Justice (1934)
    39. The Lawless Frontier (1934) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    40. The Trail Beyond (1934) (as Robert Bradbury)
    41. Happy Landing (1934) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    ... aka Air Patrol (UK)
    42. The Star Packer (1934) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    ... aka He Wore a Star (UK)
    43. The Man from Utah (1934) (as Robert Bradbury)
    44. Blue Steel (1934) (as Robert Bradbury)
    45. West of the Divide (1934)
    46. The Lucky Texan (1934)
    47. Riders of Destiny (1933)
    48. Ranger's Code (1933)
    49. Galloping Romeo (1933)
    50. The Gallant Fool (1933)
    51. Breed of the Border (1933)
    ... aka Speed Brent Wins
    52. Texas Buddies (1932)
    53. Hidden Valley (1932)
    54. Son of Oklahoma (1932)
    55. Man from Hell's Edges (1932)
    56. Riders of the Desert (1932)
    57. Law of the West (1932)
    58. Son of the Plains (1931)
    ... aka Vultures of the Law (UK)
    59. Dugan of the Badlands (1931)
    60. Headin' for Danger (1928)
    ... aka Asking for Trouble (UK)
    61. Lightning Speed (1928) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    62. The Bantam Cowboy (1928)
    63. The Mojave Kid (1927) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    64. Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre (1927) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    ... aka With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre
    65. Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    ... aka With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo
    66. The Fighting Doctor (1926)
    67. Looking for Trouble (1926)
    68. Daniel Boone Through the Wilderness (1926)
    ... aka With Daniel Boone Through the Wilderness (USA)
    69. The Border Sheriff (1926)
    70. Things Men Do (1926) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    ... aka Into the Light (USA: première title)
    71. The Danger Zone (1925/I)
    72. Hidden Loot (1925)
    73. The Battler (1925)
    74. The Speed Demon (1925)
    75. Moccasins (1925)
    76. Riders of Mystery (1925) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    77. In High Gear (1924) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    78. Yankee Speed (1924)
    79. Behind Two Guns (1924)
    80. The Galloping Ace (1924) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    81. Wanted by the Law (1924)
    82. The Phantom Horseman (1924) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    83. The Man From Wyoming (1924)
    84. The Red Warning (1923) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    85. What Love Will Do (1923) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    86. The Wolf Trapper (1923)
    87. Face to Face (1923)
    88. Desert Rider (1923)
    89. Wolf Tracks (1923)
    90. Galloping Thru (1923)
    91. The Forbidden Trail (1923) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    92. Come Clean (1922)
    93. At Large (1922)
    94. A Guilty Cause (1922)
    95. The Hour of Doom (1922)
    96. Ridin' Through (1922)
    97. Two Men (1922)
    98. Daring Dangers (1922)
    99. It Is the Law (1922)
    100. The Civet Cat (1922)
    101. Dangerous Trails (1922)
    102. Riders of the Law (1922) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    103. Trailing the Coyote (1921)
    104. The Heart of Dorean (1921)
    105. A Day in the Wilds (1921)
    106. The Honor of Ramirez (1921)
    107. Lorraine of the Timberlands (1921)
    108. The American Badger (1921)
    109. Catching a Coon (1921)
    110. The Tempest (1921)
    111. The Impostor (1921)
    112. Into the Light (1920) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    113. The Adventures of Bob and Bill (1920)
    ... aka The Adventures of Bill and Bob
    114. The Last of His People (1919) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    115. The Faith of the Strong (1919) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    116. Perils of Thunder Mountain (1919)
    117. The Iron Test (1918)
    118. The Wooing of Riley (1918)

    1. West of the Brazos (1950) (screenplay) (uncredited)
    ... aka Rangeland Empire
    2. God's Country and the Man (1937) (story) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Avenging Stranger (UK)
    3. Cavalry (1936) (story)
    4. Last of the Warrens (1936)
    5. The Kid Ranger (1936) (story and screenplay)
    6. Trail of Terror (1935) (story and adaptation)
    ... aka Gangster's Enemy Number One (UK)
    7. Alias John Law (1935/I) (screenplay)
    8. Between Men (1935) (story)
    9. Sundown Saunders (1935)
    10. The Dawn Rider (1935) (screenplay)
    11. Tombstone Terror (1935)
    12. Smokey Smith (1935)
    13. Big Calibre (1935)
    14. Kid Courageous (1935)
    15. Texas Terror (1935) (story) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    16. Western Justice (1934) (story and screenplay)
    17. The Lawless Frontier (1934) (screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury) (story) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    18. The Star Packer (1934) (screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury) (story) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    ... aka He Wore a Star (UK)
    19. Blue Steel (1934) (screenplay) (as Robert Bradbury) (story) (as Robert Bradbury)
    20. West of the Divide (1934) (story and screenplay)
    21. The Lucky Texan (1934) (screenplay) (story)
    22. Riders of Destiny (1933) (story and screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    23. Galloping Romeo (1933) (story)
    24. Texas Buddies (1932) (story and scenario)
    25. Man from Hell's Edges (1932)
    26. Law of the West (1932) (story and scenario)
    27. Son of the Plains (1931) (story and scenario)
    ... aka Vultures of the Law (UK)
    28. Dugan of the Badlands (1931) (also story)
    29. Lightning Speed (1928) (as Robert North Bradbury) (also story)
    30. The Border Sheriff (1926)
    31. Things Men Do (1926) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    ... aka Into the Light (USA: première title)
    32. The Battler (1925)
    33. In High Gear (1924) (as Robert North Bradbury) (also story)
    34. Yankee Speed (1924)
    35. Behind Two Guns (1924) (story)
    36. Wanted by the Law (1924)
    37. The Forbidden Trail (1923) (as Robert North Bradbury) (also titles)
    38. The Death Trap (1921/I) (story)
    39. The Courage of Marge O'Doone (1920) (as Robert North Bradbury)
    40. Into the Light (1920) (as Robert North Bradbury) (story)
    41. The Last of His People (1919) (as Robert North Bradbury) (scenario) (as Robert North Bradbury) (story)
    42. Jacques of the Silver North (1919) (as Robert North Bradbury) (scenario)
    43. Nobody's Wife (1918) (story)
    44. The Fighting Grin (1918) (story The Catamount)
    45. Along the Malibu (1916) (story)
    ... aka The Guilty One (USA)

    1. Romance of the Rockies (1937) (producer) (as R. N. Bradbury)
    2. Danger Valley (1937) (producer) (as R. N. Bradbury)
    3. Where Trails Divide (1937) (producer)
    4. Stars Over Arizona (1937) (producer)
    5. God's Country and the Man (1937) (producer)
    ... aka The Avenging Stranger (UK)
    6. Riders of the Dawn (1937) (producer)
    7. Orphan of the Sage (1928) (supervising producer)
    8. Tyrant of Red Gulch (1928) (supervising producer)
    ... aka The Sorcerer (UK)
    9. The Pinto Kid (1928) (supervising producer)
    10. Phantom of the Range (1928) (supervising producer)
    11. Red Riders of Canada (1928) (supervising producer)
    12. The Little Buckaroo (1928) (supervising producer)
    13. Driftin' Sands (1928) (supervising producer)
    14. Cyclone of the Range (1927) (supervising producer)
    15. Lightning Lariats (1927) (supervising producer)

    1. Riders of the Dawn (1937) (song "White Clouds in the Moonlight")
    2. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937) (songs) (as R.N. Bradbury)
    3. Hittin' the Trail (1937) (song "I'm a Rippin' Snortin' Sheriff")
    4. Westward Ho (1935) (song "The Girl I Loved Long Ago") (uncredited)

    1. North of Nome (1925) .... Bruce McLaren
    2. Behind Two Guns (1924) (uncredited) .... Bit part

    1. The Forbidden Trail (1923) (as Robert North Bradbury)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 22 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Robert North Bradbury

    Directed 13 very important films with Duke
    and One re-issue

    'Neath Arizona Skies (1962)
    Lawless Range (1935)
    Westward Ho! (1935)
    Dawn Rider (1935)
    Rainbow Valley (1935)
    Texas Terror (1934)
    Lawless Frontier (1934)
    The Trail Beyond (1934)
    The Star Packer (1934)
    The Man from Utah (1934)
    Blue Steel (1934)
    West of the Divide (1934)
    The Lucky Texan (1934)
    Riders of Destiny (1933)

    When Duke was in Glendale and USC, his best friend was Bob Bradbury,
    later re-named as Bob Steele, who became a Western star.
    Bob Steele was the son of RNB.

    Duke's career had faltered at both Columbia
    and Warner Brothers so when RNB came
    calling for a lead, for his forthcoming Lone Star westerns,
    Duke fitted the bill.

    The Lone Star westerns, were Duke's first success.
    That is why many Duke fans, myself included, consider
    RNB to be as big an influence on Duke's career as
    Ford and Hathaway.

    Without RNB, Duke would have been lost forever,
    and Ford (who'd dropped him) and Hathaway,
    would never have known him!!

    With his son Bob Steele

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Keith,

    Thanks for that very interesting and insightful post. I had seen Robert Bradbury's name on the older Lone Star films, but hadn't really thought about his hiring John Wayne at that time being instrumental in giving the Duke the continuity in his career to bigger and better things. And the part about his son being Bob Steele, one of the Duke's best friends, was a piece of trivia that had escaped me entirely and which I enjoyed learning.

    I think you are totally correct in speculating that John Wayne might never made it big had it not been for that string of movies and Robert Bradbury's efforts.

    Chester :newyear:

  • ee...

    I agree with Chester, I guess we really don't think much about others pre Ford and their influence on Duke's career. Thanks for the very interesting post.

    Baby Sis


    "Give me a man like Duke Wayne"...Marueen O'Hara

  • I had the hardest time there for a while trying to find out whether or nor Bob Steele was indeed the son of R.N. Bradbury, all the sources I consulted couldn't seem to agree. It was a headache until I found irrefutable proof on B western corral.
    Interestingly enough though, Bob Steele never really made an impact on me like other titans of the genre.

  • What a find, a photograph of the man!!!

    (L-R) Doris Hill, Bob Steele, producer Paul Malvern and director Robert Bradbury. Taken at the time of the filming of either “Galloping Romeo” or “Ranger’s Code” both made in 1933 with Steele and Doris Hill. Wreckage of the airplane is unknown but is not featured in either film.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • I am director Robert Bradbury's grandson and of course my uncle was Bob Steele.
    I can tell you that John Wayne was friends with not my uncle Bob originally but with my uncle Bill, Bobs Brother.
    They both attended USC, you are correct that my grandfather was the director who helped John Wayne become the star he did..

  • Hello and welcome to the board, Rbradbury. If you have any family stories about your Grandfather and his work, or your Uncle's, please feel free to share them with us. Thanks for joining in!


    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • Welcome to the forum @Rbradbury glad you joined in. This would be a great thread to use if your ever inclined to post info on you grandfather or Bob Steele and family. ^^

    BTW, the original poster of this thread @ethanedwards passed away last summer. But he would have been very excited to read anything you have to offer related to Robert Bradbury.

  • Director Robert Bradbury was not related to Ray Bradbury, so nothing to offer related to the author..

    Hello, it's cool to be communicating with someone so close to such an amazing set of films! In my search to learn about country music I've been learning that country music used to be called western music among other titles. I am very interested in the idea of western films and the atmosphere and genre and defining characteristics. Do you have any information about Robert's views, techniques, and anything similar? I'd love to find some information on what a "western" film was to Robert. Nowadays definitions are too far from the source and somewhat convoluted. To me these films are on a "heavenly" realm. I wonder if the "hays code" was a major factor in these films being so respectable. Anyways, if you have any notes or links that could help in my endeavors that would be great! Thank you.