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      Westward Ho

      Released Aug 19, 1935 55m Western List
      Reviews 33% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When John Wyatt (John Wayne) was just a boy, he and his family were brutally attacked by a group of bandits who murdered his parents and kidnapped his brother. Now a grown man, John sets out to find his lost brother (Frank McGlynn Jr.) and the savage men who killed his mother and father. Along the way, he and his posse, the Singing Riders, belt out cowboy songs and engage in harrowing battles with dangerous outlaws. With each encounter, they draw closer to a reunion and a shocking revelation. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews If you're a friend of the B Western genre, you can't go wrong with this oater. Rated: B- Oct 10, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Westward Ho! (Robert N. Bradbury, 1935) One of John Wayne's better Robert Bradbury-directed two-reelers for Lone Star Pictures, and the first under the Republic banner, Westward Ho! Pits brother against brother in a classic (and yes, you can read that as a euphemism for "derivative") tale of mistaken identity and revenge. Wayne plays John Wyatt, who as a child (an early role for child star Bradley Metcalfe) watched a gang of bandits kill his parents and kidnap his brother. Fast-forward a decade and change and Wyatt is now the head of the Singing Riders, a vigilante group who are dedicated to protecting the safety of the wagon trains from bandits like those who preyed on Wyatt's family. Wyatt, of course, is always on the lookout for that particular bunch, headed up by the nefarious Ballard (character actor Jack Curtis, who turned in uncredited roles in such classics as Citizen Kane, My Darling Clementine, and White Fang). When he finds Ballard's gang, one of its younger members looks familiar...it's standard two-dimensional stuff, where the good guys are pure as spring water and the bad guys are the worst things EVER, though screenwriters Robert Emmett Tansey and Lindsley Parsons do stir things up a little with the whole kidnapped-brother angle (Wyatt, of course, has to show his younger brother, played as an adult by Frank McGlynn Jr., who died under mysterious circumstances in 1939 just as his career was taking off, the error of his ways). But it's pretty darned enjoyable, probably the best pre-Stagecoach John Wayne flick I've seen so far. *** Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairly unremarkable b-Western from the 30s staring John Wayne. There are a couple of odd-ball shots in it but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member i don't own this one yet !! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Outstanding movie John Wayne is my family favorite actor Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a good movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Weak movie. VERY WEAK Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When John Wyatt (John Wayne) was just a boy, he and his family were brutally attacked by a group of bandits who murdered his parents and kidnapped his brother. Now a grown man, John sets out to find his lost brother (Frank McGlynn Jr.) and the savage men who killed his mother and father. Along the way, he and his posse, the Singing Riders, belt out cowboy songs and engage in harrowing battles with dangerous outlaws. With each encounter, they draw closer to a reunion and a shocking revelation.
      Director
      Robert N. Bradbury
      Producer
      Paul Malvern
      Screenwriter
      Robert Emmett Tansey, Lindsley Parsons
      Distributor
      Republic Pictures
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 19, 1935, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 6, 2018
      Runtime
      55m
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