The Dawn Rider (1935)

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    Plot Summary
    This film is a remake of 1931's "Galloping Thru" which was directed by Lloyd Nolser and supervised by Paul Malvern from an original by Wellyn Totman.
    "The Dawn Trail", produced by Malvern,now gives the original film's director,
    Nosler, the story credit instead of Totman and rightly giving Nosler a more-correct screenplay credit.And, in 1938, Malvern makes the film again
    ---"Western Trails" with Bob Baker--- and this time Norton S. Parker is given the story credit.
    Bottom line is Trem Carr and Paul Malvern bought it from Totman in 1931 and gave the Story credit to whoever wrote the screenplay on the two remakes,
    and writer Wellyn Totman loses two credits rightfully belonging to him. The 1938 remake subs the name "Bob Mason" for "John Mason"(in "The Dawn Trail")
    and all of the other main character names in "Western Trails" stayed the same. Check it out.
    The story has John Mason (John Wayne), after several seasons of punching cattle in Texas, coming back home to see his father,agent for the local freight line.
    He is not, as some summaries show, coming to town to avenge his father's death...his father ain't dead when he hits the city limits.
    On his way over to see his father, John bumps into Ben McClure (Reed Howes), they have a fight, Ben, a good-hearted fellow,
    decides the drinks are on him and he and John become fast friends in no time at all. John then decides to amble over to the freight office and call on his father,
    Dan Mason (Joe De Grasse), and arrives in the midst of a hold-up and the elder Mason is killed. John pursues the robbers and is shot from his horse.
    Badly wounded, he is taken to his new best-friend's cabin, and is nursed back to healh by Ben's sweetheart(although she doesn't know this),
    Alice Gordon (Marion Burns)and, as Totman's original story and Nosler's swipe would have it,John and Alice fall in love,
    especially after she saves his life from a gang headed by her brother, Rudd (Dennis Moore as Denny Meadows),
    who held up the freight station and killed Mason's father. None of which John knows. Recovered,
    he suspects Ben, who is already miffed because John has stolen his sweetheart,
    even if neither John nor Alice are aware of Ben's claim. Rudd challengs John to a duel in the street and Ben,
    plyed with liquor supplied by Rudd and the gang member saloon owner (Yakima Canutt),
    goes off and removes the cartridges from John's gun. John picks up his gun and heads for town.
    John is out in the steeet, with an empty gun, about to face Rudd, whose gun isn't empty.
    All three versions of Totman's original story---no matter who was given the remake credit---are among the best(a relative term) of the B-Western genre.
    Well, in the case of "The Dawn Rider", the reference is to the original B&W Lone Star version,
    and not to the awful colorized video version that, for some unknown reason, has dubbed voices and a completly unneeded---not to mention bad--
    -musical track added. Make sure and get the original B&W Lone Star version.
    Summary written by Les Adams

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... John Mason
    Marion Burns .... Alice Gordon
    Dennis Moore .... Rudd Gordon (as Denny Meadows)
    Reed Howes .... Ben McClure
    Joseph De Grasse .... Dad Mason (as Joe DeGrasse)
    Yakima Canutt .... Saloon Owner
    Earl Dwire .... Pete (Expressman)
    Nelson McDowell .... Bates (Undertaker)
    Chuck Baldra .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Bert Dillard .... Buck (uncredited)
    Jack Evans .... Barfly (uncredited)
    Herman Hack .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Jack Jones .... Black (uncredited)
    Tex Palmer .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Fred Parker .... Doctor (uncredited)
    Tex Phelps .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Archie Ricks .... Townsman (uncredited)
    James Sheridan .... Townsman (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Robert N. Bradbury screenplay
    Lloyd Nosler story
    Wellyn Totman story (uncredited)

    Archie Stout

    Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
    Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Trem Carr Ranch, Newhall, California, USA.

    Watch the Full Movie:-

    The Dawn Rider

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 23 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Dawn Rider is a 1935 Western film starring John Wayne.

    A remake of this film in 2012 cast Christian Slater in the role of John Mason.

    I am biased towards, these Lone Star films.
    I enjoy all of them, for all their whirlwind, few days, low budget filming,
    they are a joy, and fun to watch.

    Duke, as John Mason, sees only the polka-dot kerchief of his fathers killer.
    The suspended build up, is handled nicely
    as the 4 o'clock, gunfight begins.
    Duke and his best friend are both in love with the same girl.

    The best friend ends up being killed,concluding,


    t's gettin' dark John!...Tell Alice, I won't be home for dinner

    Duke's heart-throb was the lovely Marion Burns,
    with Yak, acting, and doing stunt work.
    Perennial Earl Dwire, was there to add, to the cast.

    Towards the end of these movies, Duke's cadence and delivery of dialogue,
    were vastly different from the early ones.
    He was more confident, and mature.
    If critics did not hail any of the pictures as masterpieces, they did acknowledge,
    that they were successful.
    Where as the early ones attracted meagre comments,
    on the later ones, there was complete agreement
    in the trade about Duke's appeal.
    Duke was finding his first real success at Monogram

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    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Hi Chester

    Interesting pictures, while the first one is a little strange the second one is much improved.


    I think the middle picture within your original post is from 'Westward Ho', this could be another result of the board changeover.



  • Probably in the wrong spot and late to boot... but I just found out about the remake of this movie.


    The Dawn Rider Available exclusively at Wal-Mart
    Nassar Entertainment and Vivendi Entertainment have announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Terry Miles' western Dawn Rider (2012), starring Donald Sutherland, Christian Slater and Jill Hennessy. This remake of the classic John Wayne film, which will street on May 29th, will be available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart.

    Christian Slater (Lies & Illusions), Jill Hennessy (TV's Crossing Jordan) and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) star in this gripping story of vengeance and passion set in the American West. When the father of gunslinger John Mason (Slater) is shot to death by masked bandits, Mason sets out with guns blazing to track down those who killed him. During his quest, he finds himself involved in a grim love triangle when he falls for Alice, the determined and beautiful woman also adored by John's best friend. Based on the timeless John Wayne adventure, Dawn Rider is a riveting saga of retribution, duty and valor in the American West.