Born To The West (1937)

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    also known as HELLTOWN


    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


    Plot Summary
    Dare Rudd takes a shine to his cattleman cousin Tom's girlfriend who asks
    Tom to hire Dare to head the big cattle drive.
    Dare loses the money for the drive to cardsharps, but Tom wins it back,
    but Dare must save Tom's life.
    Summary written by Ed Stephan

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Dare Rudd
    Marsha Hunt .... Judy Rustoe
    Johnny Mack Brown .... Tom Fillmore (as John Mack Brown)
    John Patterson .... Lyn Hardy
    Monte Blue .... Bart Hammond
    Lucien Littlefield .... John, cattle buyer
    Jennie Boyle .... Sam (uncredited)
    James Craig .... Brady, card sharp (uncredited)
    Jack Daley .... Card player (uncredited)
    Al Ferguson .... Bartender #1 (uncredited)
    Jack Kennedy .... Sheriff (uncredited)
    Nick Lukats .... Jim Fallon, henchman-rustler (uncredited)
    Vester Pegg .... Bartender #2 (uncredited)
    Lee Prather .... Lightning-rod salesman (uncredited)
    Syd Saylor .... Dink Hooley (uncredited)
    Jim Thorpe .... (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Stuart Anthony (screenplay) and
    Robert Yost (screenplay)
    Zane Grey novel (uncredited)
    Jack Natteford additional dialogue (uncredited)

    Devereaux Jennings

    * Due to a studio clerical error, Alan Ladd was credited for an appearance in this film.
    He does not, in fact, appear in it.

    * On its first reissue, the company added random stock footage of cattle drives, chases, and stampedes to bring the running time to over an hour.

    * The player-piano version of "You're the One I Need" heard during the poker game, is the same recording heard in the speakeasy scene of the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers (1932)

    * The opening theme music can also be heard in the Harold Lloyd picture The Milky Way (1936).

    * Continuity: As Tom tells Lyn that Dare is the new manager, the portrait of George Washington on the wall behind, appears and disappears between shots.

    * Continuity: Tom throws his pen on the desk twice between shots.

    * Continuity: Hammond raises his knife and fork twice between shots.

    * Anachronisms: The cards of the pack used in the poker game have modern numerals on each corner, unlike of the cards from the Old West.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA.

    Watch The Full Movie
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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 7 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Born to the West (reissue title Hell Town) is a 1937 American Western film starring
    John Wayne, Marsha Hunt, and John Mack Brown.
    Filmed in black and white and based upon a Zane Grey novel,
    the movie incorporates footage from an earlier and higher budgeted silent version,
    a common practice of the era.
    The picture features fast chases, gun-fights, unusual poker gambling,
    and peppy light dialogue for the love interest.

    Originally from a novel by Zane Grey, Duke was cast opposite Marsha Hunt,
    James Craig, and Johnny Mack Brown.
    It was an unremarkable film, and Duke was soon on his way back
    to Republic for better things.

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Memorable Quotes

    Dinkey Hooley: Where's this cousin of yours at?
    Dare Rudd: Wyoming
    Dinkey Hooley: Where do your figure Wyoming's at?
    Dare Rudd: Right over yonder beyond that hill... unless somebody's moved it.

    Fallon: Get out of here! The Sheriff's comin'!
    Dinkey Hooley: I think we're on the wrong side.
    Dare Rudd: This is no time to think!

    Tom Fillmore: Why don't you get married and settle down? Why, you're running around like a maverick without a brand on.
    Dare Rudd: Well, I don't like branding. It hurts in the wrong place.

    Dinkey Hooley: Too bad to waste such good food on just ordinary cowboys. Why, this kind of food is fittin' for human beings.
    Cowboy: Well, I ain't human and that ain't fittin'!
    Dinkey Hooley: Sink your teeth into those biscuits.
    Cowboy: Last time I did, two of 'em stayed there!


    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • After posting in the thread "What Was the Last Western You Watched?" I thought I'd mosey on over here to the Movie Reviews forum to see what had been said about the movie Hell Town. Without grabbing the box, I just figured it must be from the thirties, and couldn't find it. Hm, that's weird, I thought, I'm sure Keith posted all the films (at least the ones that folks could watch because they are available). So then I grabbed the box, which listed the film from 1938. I went to IMDb, and browsed the 1938 titles, but no luck. By then, I realized this must be an alternate title, so kept looking, finally finding it in 1937 under the title Born to the West, showing Hell Town as a reissue title.

    Just thought I'd mention it, to save someone else the same confusion. The version of Hell Town that I have is . . . you guessed it . . . a Good Times Home Video :dead:, which might explain the inaccuracies.

    Chester :newyear:

  • Hi Chester,
    I had the same problem before - also ahve it under the title Hell Town.
    Senta :rolleyes: