Riders of Destiny (1933)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Release Date - Oct 10, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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"As 'Singin' Sandy,' John Wayne introduces a new type of outdoor action pictures," Monogram publicity trumpeted in November of 1933. "He's a soft-singing, hard-fighting hombre..." Actually, somebody else provided Singin' Sandy's "soft-singing" voice, which rather obviously did not belong to Wayne himself. Though no singer was formally credited apart from Wayne, producer Paul Malvern always maintained that the rather rich baritone was provided by Bill Bradbury, the son of the film's director. Although it failed to popularize singing cowboys, Riders of Destiny survives as a buoyant and rather optimistic little B-Western, in its day undoubtedly inspired by a new, more hopeful spirit in a country still in the throes of the Depression and reintroducing a young actor who, although a rather hesitant thespian, at least looked and sounded the part better that many of his rivals.