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The Ridin' Fool (1931)

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58 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Remade by Trem Carr and Paul Malvern's "Lone Star Productions" in 1935 as "Desert Trail" starring John Wayne.Cowhand Steve Kendall(Bob Steele) and slick eastern confidence man "Boston" Harry Manners(Ted Adams)become friends but are rivals ...See moreRemade by Trem Carr and Paul Malvern's "Lone Star Productions" in 1935 as "Desert Trail" starring John Wayne.Cowhand Steve Kendall(Bob Steele) and slick eastern confidence man "Boston" Harry Manners(Ted Adams)become friends but are rivals for the hand of fair Juanita(Josephine Velez), a girl whose hands are influenced by whoever deposited the last trinket in them. Nikkos(Al Bridge) deposits a trinket from a robbery/murder committed by he and Bud Warren(Eddie Fetherston), but Juanita, when pressed, points the finger at Boston Harry, as it is hard for a girl such as Juanita who gets many trinkets to keep up with just who, among the general population, added to her trinket collection and when.The locals are about to string Harry up but he is saved by Steve and they light out for friendlier surroundings in another town. There, they meet storekeeper Ma Warren(Florence Turner) and her pretty daughter Sally(Frances Morris) and Steve and Harry start vieing for her attentions, with Steve in the lead after he sings "I Fell in Love With You" to her, and Harry hasn't much to counter with as Sally is not a trinket-favoring girl.But not all is well, for Sally's brother Bud is also part of the family storekeeping business, when he isn't pulling robberies in near-by towns with his accented partner Nikkos, and he begins to fret over the possibility that Steve and Harry will learn that he was part of the affair in the other town that led to Steve and Harry's hasty departure. Nikkos has a plan to ensure that doesn't happen. (This film's leading lady, Frances Morris,died on December 2, 2003 in Santa Clarita, Ca. at the age of 98.She had a long and varied career in films and television, including many B-westerns in the 1930's, and as "Sarah Kent" on the first television episode of the "Superman" series starring George Reeves.She was first married to silent-film actor Russell Parker and later to Antrim Short.) Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
John P. McCarthy (as J.P. McCarthy)
Writer
Wellyn Totman (adaptation) (story)
Producer
Cinematographer
Editor
Charles J. Hunt (as Chas. J. Hunt)
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May 31, 1931 (United States)

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23 cast members
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Bob Steele
Steve Kendall Steve Kendall   See fewer
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Frances Morris
Sally Warren Sally Warren   See fewer
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Florence Turner
Ma Warren Ma Warren   See fewer
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Ted Adams
Boston Harry Manners Boston Harry Manners   See fewer
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Al Bridge
Nikkos (as Al Bridges) Nikkos (as Al Bridges)   See fewer
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Eddie Fetherston
Bud Warren Bud Warren   See fewer
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Jack Henderson
Colonel John Butterworth Colonel John Butterworth   See fewer
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Gordon De Main
Sheriff John Andrews Sheriff John Andrews   See fewer
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Josephine Velez
Juanita Juanita   See fewer
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Fern Emmett
Miss Scully Miss Scully   See fewer
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Ethan Allen
Elder Cowhand (uncredited) Elder Cowhand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Silver Tip Baker
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hank Bell
Stage Passenger (uncredited) Stage Passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy Bucko
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Burns
Stage Driver (uncredited) Stage Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Corey
Cowhand (uncredited) Cowhand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Dickinson
Bill (uncredited) Bill (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Evans
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack King
Lyncher (uncredited) Lyncher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Le Moyne
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Low
Dusty (uncredited) Dusty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lafe McKee
Stage Passenger (uncredited) Stage Passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Artie Ortego
Town Cowboy (uncredited) Town Cowboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 7 votes