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Randy Rides Alone

Randy Rides Alone

Yakima Canutt
Director: Harry L. Fraser Cast: Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
, Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
, Herman Hack
Herman Hack
Harry L. Fraser




In perhaps the most haunting opening of any B-Western, Randy Rides Alone has John Wayne enter a deserted saloon filled with corpses. To the tinny strains of a player-piano and with someone eerily peeking from behind a portrait of Ulysses S. Grant, Wayne's reconnaissance ends with his arrest for murder. No B-Western ground out in five days for around $10,000 could possibly live up to this introduction and Randy Rides Alone quickly gets down to business as usual. But director Harry L. Fraser and scenarist Lindsley Parsons still manage to get in a couple of off-beat touches. The killers, lead by stunt-man extraordinaire Yakima Canutt, are holed up in a cave picturesquely hidden behind a waterfall, and future comic relief George "Gabby" Hayes, looking for all the world like Lionel Barrymore, plays a mute, hunchbacked shop-keeper who may not be all he appears. Add to the mystery elements some extraordinary stunt-work by Canutt and you have a superior series Western. Cecilia Parker, one of the more gracious actresses to appear in low-budget fare, was all set to co-star as the murdered saloon owner's niece, but Wayne came down with the flu and production was delayed. When producer Paul Malvern was ready to begin again, Miss Parker proved unavailable and had to be replaced with 1924 WAMPAS Baby Star Alberta Vaughn, an actress whose career was all but over. Randy Rides Alone did little to alter that fact but the film remains a minor classic of the genre.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0874757033792
Original Release: 1934
Source: American Pop Classic
Time: 0:52:00
Sales rank: 69,940

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yakima Canutt Spike
Earl Dwire Sheriff
Herman Hack Actor
George "Gabby" Hayes Matt the Mute/Marvin Black
Art Ortego Henchman
Tex Palmer Henchman
Tex Phelps Deputy
Alberta Vaughn Sally Rogers
John Wayne Randy Bowers
Mack Wright Posse Member

Technical Credits
Harry L. Fraser Director
Paul Malvern Producer
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Lindsley Parsons Screenwriter
Carl Pierson Editor
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer

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