The Dude Wrangler (1930)

60 mins | Western, Comedy | 1 June 1930

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HISTORY

Mrs. Wallace Reid (a.k.a. Dorothy Davenport) was described in a 26 April 1930 Hollywood Filmograph article as “the only woman producer in the picture business” since 1925. The 10 August 1929 Hollywood Filmograph stated that Reid produced The Dude Wrangler with Cliff Broughton and Willis Kent, although later sources only identified Broughton as her co-producer.
       Although Raymond Hatton was initially cast, he was unable to remain with the production due to a previous obligation to a Warner Bros production, as noted in the 25 September 1929 Variety. Principal photography was scheduled to begin the week of 11 September 1929, according to that day’s Variety. An item in the 30 September 1930 Film Daily stated that filming took place at Metropolitan Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA. The 2 December 1929 Film Daily noted that recording was done on Western Electric equipment. ...

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Mrs. Wallace Reid (a.k.a. Dorothy Davenport) was described in a 26 April 1930 Hollywood Filmograph article as “the only woman producer in the picture business” since 1925. The 10 August 1929 Hollywood Filmograph stated that Reid produced The Dude Wrangler with Cliff Broughton and Willis Kent, although later sources only identified Broughton as her co-producer.
       Although Raymond Hatton was initially cast, he was unable to remain with the production due to a previous obligation to a Warner Bros production, as noted in the 25 September 1929 Variety. Principal photography was scheduled to begin the week of 11 September 1929, according to that day’s Variety. An item in the 30 September 1930 Film Daily stated that filming took place at Metropolitan Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA. The 2 December 1929 Film Daily noted that recording was done on Western Electric equipment.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Sep 1929
p. 9
Film Daily
16 Oct 1929
p. 5
Film Daily
2 Dec 1929
p. 5
Film Daily
25 May 1930
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Hollywood Filmograph
10 Aug 1929
p. 29
Hollywood Filmograph
26 Apr 1930
p. 27
Variety
11 Sep 1929
p. 22
Variety
25 Sep 1929
p. 78
Variety
23 Jul 1930
p. 31
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Mrs. Wallace Reid
Pres
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Dude Wrangler by Caroline Lockhart (Garden City, NY, 1921).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 June 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 Jul 1930
Production Date:
began mid Sep 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Sono-Art Productions, Inc.
12 December 1930
LP1814
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
6,200
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Tied to his Aunt Mary's apron strings, Wally McCann is a spineless, effeminate youth who spends his time designing embroidery patterns, and though Helen Dane, who breeds polo ponies, is fond of him, she cold-shoulders him, hoping thus to make a man of him. Determined to make good as a farmer, Wally buys some land in Wyoming, near Helen's farm, and arrives in cowboy attire with his handyman, Pinkey Fripp. Wally is literally washed out by a cloudburst and is jailed for fighting while on a drunken spree. Later, he borrows money from the bank to purchase a dude ranch. Among the guests is Canby, who is in love with Helen and resents Wally's interference; plotting with Wong, the Chinese cook, Candy plans a series of mishaps which frighten the other guests and give Wally the opportunity to rescue a lady from a stampede. Enraged at Canby's perfidy, Wally fights him and compels him to take over the ranch, thus winning the admiration and love of ...

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Tied to his Aunt Mary's apron strings, Wally McCann is a spineless, effeminate youth who spends his time designing embroidery patterns, and though Helen Dane, who breeds polo ponies, is fond of him, she cold-shoulders him, hoping thus to make a man of him. Determined to make good as a farmer, Wally buys some land in Wyoming, near Helen's farm, and arrives in cowboy attire with his handyman, Pinkey Fripp. Wally is literally washed out by a cloudburst and is jailed for fighting while on a drunken spree. Later, he borrows money from the bank to purchase a dude ranch. Among the guests is Canby, who is in love with Helen and resents Wally's interference; plotting with Wong, the Chinese cook, Candy plans a series of mishaps which frighten the other guests and give Wally the opportunity to rescue a lady from a stampede. Enraged at Canby's perfidy, Wally fights him and compels him to take over the ranch, thus winning the admiration and love of Helen.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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