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John Wayne: Riding the Trail/Riding the Range (1935)

John Wayne , Marion Burns , Carl Pierson , D. Ross Lederman  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Wayne, Marion Burns, Mary Kornman, Noah Beery, Cecilia Parker
  • Directors: Carl Pierson, D. Ross Lederman, Lewis D. Collins, Robert N. Bradbury
  • Writers: James Oliver Curwood, Kurt Kempler, Lindsley Parsons, Oliver Drake
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 327 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Wayne: Riding the Trail/Riding the Range" on IMDb

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  • Includes: The Desert Trail (1935), Paradise Canyon (1935), The Trail Beyond (1934), Two-Fisted Law (1932), Riders of Destiny (1933), and West of the Divide (1934)

Editorial Reviews

Includes: The Desert Trail (1935), Paradise Canyon (1935), The Trail Beyond (1934), Two-Fisted Law (1932), Riders of Destiny (1933), and West of the Divide (1934).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice print, but truncated (rats!) April 1, 2004
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I've seen RIDERS OF DESTINY about seven times over a 30-year period. I enjoy it even though the plot, dialog, acting, fistfights, etc. are very crude. This was the first of John Wayne's Lone Star Westerns, a series of films made for about $10,000 apiece. But it has a certain charm I can't explain. Yakima Canutt does a couple of nice stunts as well; Cecilia Parker is as pretty as Toby Wing, in my opinion (Toby was the "Young and Healthy" girl in 42ND STREET).
This DVD, released by Columbia Tri-Star, has the clearest print of RIDERS OF DESTINY that I recall seeing - a very sharp image in many places. Unfortunately, it omits at least 5 1/2 minutes of the film, including a critical plot point. The ranchers say they'll sign a new water rights contract with the evil land baron, only if he'll agree to one additional clause. This version then skips the scene where they say what the clause is, and so the villain's extreme dismay near the end of the film isn't adequately explained.
Perhaps as compensation for the missing scenes, a pseudo-symphonic soundtrack has been dubbed in at various points, sticking out like a huge sore thumb.
I think in the future I'll continue to watch the Goodtimes DVD (2000) for this film; their copy is more complete, even though the picture is somewhat washed out.
The only other film I've watched on this DVD is TWO FISTED LAW starring Tim McCoy (and a small part by John Wayne). I've only seen TWO FISTED LAW once before, so I'm not sure if anything's missing. As a movie, I found it less enjoyable than the films starring John Wayne. The print was in fairly good condition.
When I get around to watching the other films on this DVD 2-Pack I may post more information about print quality and omissions, if I can determine that. At present I give this set 2 out of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early John Wayne April 22, 2014
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A person has to be a John Wayne Fan in order to view and appreciate his early movies. Made in 1935, this was just his eighth year in the movie business, second of making films in which he was credited and still in his first of Starring. This was in his B movie times, when studios were churning out 6-12 films per year. The story line is predictable and thin in places. But, regardless, John Wayne still had a presence on the screen. As a study of John Wayne goes, this is an example of things to come. Obviously one of the building blocks to John Wayne The Legend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great John Wayne Movie! August 18, 2013
By C. W.
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Enjoy watching Westerns with a cup of coffee on Saturday mornings. This is vintage John Wayne. An American hero. A must see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars john wayne December 20, 2013
By Emma
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old old movie of John, and you can tell how young he is, fun to see, once but then it is john wayne
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4.0 out of 5 stars good old western August 14, 2013
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I grew up w/old westerns I think they help build life lessons honesty, integrity, personal value. There is not much as much flash as now days but the entertainment is still there.t
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Search for Lost Treasure July 20, 2010
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The Trail Beyond, 1934 film

The story begins with a lone rider in the country. He is asked to find a missing brother, John and his daughter. Rod Drew takes a train to the Canadian Northwest, and meets a friend from college. There is a fight over gambling and a shot. Rod and Robby jump from the moving train. They change out of suits into Western clothes and ride away fast. There is a chase, the pair jump for it into a lake. A Mountie is sent to get them. They find a deserted cabin with two skeletons! There is a map to a gold mine. They tell people they are hunting wolves. Benoit looks at the map; does he plan to betray his trust? The villains capture Felice. Can Rod and Robby rescue her? Jules LaRocque is behind this. The rescue works. There is another chase. A swift canoe gets them away.

LaRocque sends Marie to get the gold map. She can keep books for Newsome. `What do you care?" A Mountie shows up to arrest the pair. It's a trick! Rod breaks a bottle and cuts the ropes to get free. Rod is smart, he has the real map. They find the mine and a picture to identify the heiress. The villains go back and get a canoe to chase the good guys. Rod upsets their plans. But the canoe with the wounded Mountie drifts towards the water fall. Rod to the rescue in the shallows. The villains plan to attack Wabinosh House. Rod rides to get help from the Mounties, who deputize and arm all the men in the settlement for help. Both groups ride, one to attack and one to defend. There are a lot of shots fired without any damage. "Not so fast, Marie." "The Redcoats are coming" shouts Benoit. Will Jules get away with the gold found in the mine?

The villains flee, the posse is in pursuit. Gunshots drop riders. Rod chases Jules' wagon. The remaining villains are captured. Jules' plan is upset.
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"The Trial Beyond" is the ninth of the B Westerns that a young John Wayne made for the poverty row studio Lone Star/Monogram and is one of the most unusual because for once the usual cast of characters is different. In addition to the Duke (before he was really the Duke) we have come to expect to see George Hayes (before he was Gabby), the legendary stunt man Yakima Canutt, and character actor Earl Dwire. The last one on that list is around, again playing a henchman, and Canutt is doing the stunts, without a specific on screen role for once, but instead of Hayes we have both Noah Beery and Noah Berry, Jr. You have to wonder why things were different this time around, but I have yet to uncover an explanation.

In terms of the action sequences this is one of the better Lone Star efforts. I have seen this 1934 film cited as showing how Canutt and Wayne had developed by this point the "pass system" that is now the standard technique for on-screen fight scenes. However, the story is pretty standard. Canutt does several of his better stunts, performing a leap from a moving train off a bridge into a river and riding horses off of a cliff. Another great stunt man, Ed Parker, plays Ryan the Mountie (it is in Canada, another interesting difference, so there has to be a Mountie).

Set in Canada but beautifully photographed in California around Mammoth Lakes by Archie Stout, "The Trail Beyond" has Wayne playing Rod Drew, who is up in French-Canadian country trying to track down Felice Newsome (Verna Hillie), the daughter of an old friend. On the way he encounters an old college friend, Wabi (Beery, Jr.) who has to be rescued from some card cheats who frame him for a murder. What ups the ante is that they find a skeleton with a map, which, of course, means there is a gold mind out there.
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