Westward Ho (1935)

60 or 65 mins | Western | 19 August 1935

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HISTORY

After the opening credits, the following written dedication appears: "This picture is dedicated to the Vigilantes...builders of the New Empire of the West...stern frontiersman of the days of '49. Men who gave their lives to purge the new frontier of lawlessness." The pressbook reveals that a novel based on the film Westward Ho was published by the Engel-Van Wiseman Co. of New York and sold in Woolworth stores for 10 cents. The story was also serialized in Movie (Oct 1935). According to modern sources, the cast included Henry Hall, Ray Henderson, Charles Brinley, Edward Hearn, Al Taylor, Herman Hack, Silver Tip Baker, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Ellis, Earl Dwire, Fred Burns, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker and Eddie ... More Less

After the opening credits, the following written dedication appears: "This picture is dedicated to the Vigilantes...builders of the New Empire of the West...stern frontiersman of the days of '49. Men who gave their lives to purge the new frontier of lawlessness." The pressbook reveals that a novel based on the film Westward Ho was published by the Engel-Van Wiseman Co. of New York and sold in Woolworth stores for 10 cents. The story was also serialized in Movie (Oct 1935). According to modern sources, the cast included Henry Hall, Ray Henderson, Charles Brinley, Edward Hearn, Al Taylor, Herman Hack, Silver Tip Baker, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Ellis, Earl Dwire, Fred Burns, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker and Eddie Parker . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Jul 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Jul 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 May 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Jul 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Jun 35
p. 55.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Aug 35
p. 62.
Variety
19 Feb 1936.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Trem Carr, Vice President in Charge of Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
SONGS
"Westward Ho" and "The Vigilantes," music and lyrics by Vernon Spencer and Glenn Strange
"The Girl I Loved Long Ago," music and lyrics by Robert N. Bradbury.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 August 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5705
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the late 1840's, as Mark and Hannah, "Ma" Wyatt and their young sons John and Jim drive cattle across the California desert, they are attacked by Walt Ballard's gang. Jim is forced to join the gang as the family's wagons are burned. John falls off the wagon during the battle, but survives and years later forms a vigilante group to help fight the many groups of lawless men who wander the territory. When the Black Bart gang attacks a town, the vigilantes capture them. John learns that the Gordon herd is being driven through his area, and joins Lafe Gordon as trail guide without revealing his true identity. John and Lafe's daughter Mary yell at each other, but nonetheless she likes him. Ballard sends Jim, who is also grown but does not know the gang killed his parents, to spy on Lafe. Jim stumbles toward John and the Gordons and pretends to have been robbed. John is suspicious, and later Jim convinces Lafe that John is a fraud. The next day, finding Jim gone, John searches for him. Meanwhile, Jim returns to Lafe and convinces Lafe to proceed into Ballard's trap that evening. John and the vigilantes spoil Ballard's plan and save Mary's runaway wagon. Ballard and his men regroup, and John begins a search for the gang. Jim tricks Mary into being taken prisoner while John gathers the vigilantes. Mary overhears Ballard's head henchman, Red, mention that John and Jim are brothers. John receives a note that instructs him to ride to Blind Canyon to save Mary. While Ballard and his men rob the ... +


In the late 1840's, as Mark and Hannah, "Ma" Wyatt and their young sons John and Jim drive cattle across the California desert, they are attacked by Walt Ballard's gang. Jim is forced to join the gang as the family's wagons are burned. John falls off the wagon during the battle, but survives and years later forms a vigilante group to help fight the many groups of lawless men who wander the territory. When the Black Bart gang attacks a town, the vigilantes capture them. John learns that the Gordon herd is being driven through his area, and joins Lafe Gordon as trail guide without revealing his true identity. John and Lafe's daughter Mary yell at each other, but nonetheless she likes him. Ballard sends Jim, who is also grown but does not know the gang killed his parents, to spy on Lafe. Jim stumbles toward John and the Gordons and pretends to have been robbed. John is suspicious, and later Jim convinces Lafe that John is a fraud. The next day, finding Jim gone, John searches for him. Meanwhile, Jim returns to Lafe and convinces Lafe to proceed into Ballard's trap that evening. John and the vigilantes spoil Ballard's plan and save Mary's runaway wagon. Ballard and his men regroup, and John begins a search for the gang. Jim tricks Mary into being taken prisoner while John gathers the vigilantes. Mary overhears Ballard's head henchman, Red, mention that John and Jim are brothers. John receives a note that instructs him to ride to Blind Canyon to save Mary. While Ballard and his men rob the bank, Jim realizes he has been abandoned by his confederates, and releases Mary and learns the truth about John. Jim saves John from an ambush and explains what Mary has told him. Mary summons the vigilantes as John and Jim begin an attack on Ballard, who is killed as his wagon goes over a cliff. Jim, however, is also killed in the battle, and Mary agrees to return to California with John. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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