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Riders of Destiny
Riders of Destiny
is a 1933 pre-Code Western musical film starring 26-year-old John Wayne
John Wayne
as Singin' Sandy Saunders, the screen's second singing cowboy (the first being Ken Maynard
Ken Maynard
in the 1929 film The Wagon Master). It was the first of a series of Lone Star Westerns made for Monogram Pictures
Monogram Pictures
by Wayne and director Robert N. Bradbury and the first pairing of Wayne with George "Gabby" Hayes.

Contents

1 Notes 2 Cast 3 See also 4 External links

Notes[edit]

John Wayne
John Wayne
as Saunders

Wayne's singing voice was dubbed, and the film is considerably darker than the Gene Autry
Gene Autry
singing cowboy movies that followed it; for example, Singin' Sandy's ten-gallon hat was black instead of white and he would grimly chant about "streets soon running with blood" and "you'll be drinking your drinks with the dead" as he strode purposefully down the street toward a showdown. The supporting cast includes George "Gabby" Hayes, the acrobatic comedian Al St. John, and the stuntman Yakima Canutt. The movie was written and directed by Robert N. Bradbury. It was the first of the Lone Star Productions released through Monogram Pictures. Wayne's dubbed singing, which bore no resemblance to his unique speaking voice, was the reason he soon abandoned the singing cowboy format, as he later played a singing cowboy—though not Singin' Sandy—at least once, in Lawless Range, but he was embarrassed during personal appearances when he couldn't accommodate children who clamored for a Singin' Sandy song. Gene Autry
Gene Autry
was chosen by the studio as Wayne's replacement in the new genre, immediately solving the live singing problem while ushering in a much lighter take on the format than Wayne's grimly intense rendition. Cast[edit]

Theatrical poster

John Wayne
John Wayne
as Singin' Sandy Saunders Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
as Fay Denton Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
as James Kincaid George "Gabby" Hayes
George "Gabby" Hayes
as Charlie Denton (billed as George Hayes) Al St. John
Al St. John
as henchman Bert Heinie Conklin
Heinie Conklin
as henchman Elmer Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
as henchman Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
as Slip Morgan Lafe McKee
Lafe McKee
as Sheriff Bill Baxter Addie Foster as Mrs. Mason Silver Tip Baker as townsman (uncredited) Horace B. Carpenter as rancher (uncredited) William Dyer as rancher (uncredited)

See also[edit]

John Wayne
John Wayne
filmography

External links[edit]

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