Ride Him, Cowboy is a 1932 remake of The Unknown Cavalier
It was directed by Fred Allen and starred 25-year-old John Wayne.
The film was titled The Hawk in the UK.
This is the 2nd. of 6 films Duke made with WB, as re-makes of some
silent films, that Ken Maynard had made,
This one is a 1932 remake of 1926 Western film The Unknown Cavalier,
with lots of stock footage from the original
These Duke versions were made, to use up unused film, that WB had,
featuring Ken Maynard and his miracle horse.
They brought in Duke and Duke! The Wonder Horse,
and substituted them into the films!!
If you look closely, you can spot the difference,
between the two actors.
Even the two horses, are noticeably different.
Duke was billed
"The screen's new star of the Saddle"
Critics agreed, that he was a dashing figure of a man
With Duke, was Ruth Hall, who made three or four films with him,
and she was probably one of his earlier female co-stars,
of which he has some chemistry.
Frank Hagney, was good nasty Hawk character,
and he was the nasty sneak that dropped Duke's harmonica,
implicating him in the murder.
I enjoyed this series, and they remain favourites,
as they were amongst the first VHS, I ever bought.
too early for the Duke
12 June 2005 | by schles-1 (somewhere in the middle east)
Worth watching Duke (the horse)...Duke (the human) leaves a lot to be desired.
As a fairly early Western, this picture has many of the classic ingredients...
bad guys, good guys, romance, lively crowds of town folks,and even a horse for a hero.
The problem is sub-par acting, a ridiculous script, and amateurish direction.
However, even with these faults whatever possible enjoyment
Western fans might have found is ruined by the incredibly poor acting of John Wayne.
It's impossible not to be distracted by his low level of performance and even a cowboy fanatic like myself
could not suffer more than a few of his awkward scenes before fleeing the scene myself.