Riders of the Dawn (1945)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An otherwise ordinary Monogram western songfest, this movie opens with a grizzly double homicide. Star Jimmy Wakely and sidekicks John James and Lee "Lasses" White are members of a medicine show who discover the slain parents of a small child (Michael Joseph Ward). Very much alive, the abandoned baby is the sole heir to a tract of oil-rich land and is in grave danger from an unscrupulous medico (Jack Baxley), who needs the child to stake his claim. With the assistance of a resourceful lady mayor (Sarah Padden) and her pretty niece (Phyllis Adair), Wakely and company manage to keep the child safe and bring the villain and his henchmen to justice. With assistance from guest artists Arthur Smith, Bob Shelton, Dad Pickard, and Wesley Tuttle and His Texas Stars, Wakely performs "Rainbow Valley", "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'", "Saddle Pals", "Tomorrow Never Comes" and "Shame on You". Produced and directed by Oliver Drake, Riders of the Dawn was filmed at Drake's ranch near Pearblossom, California.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, killing, land-scheme, land-war, oil, orphan, outlaw [Western], revenge