Dare Rudd takes a shine to his
cattleman cousin Tom's girlfriend
who asks Tom to hire Dare
to head the big cattle drive.
Dare loses the money for the drive to card-sharps,
but Tom wins it back, but Dare must save Tom's life.
Running Time: 59 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
One of the Duke's better Westerns. After this "buddy" film Wayne became a Mesquiteer. It's directed in a brisk fashion by Charles Barton;writers Stuart Anthony and Robert Yost based it on a story by Zane Grey.
Broke drifters, gambler Dare Rudd (John Wayne) and lightning rod salesman Dinkey Hooley (Sid Saylor), arrive in Wyoming from Montana, where they hope to get a handout from Dare's wealthy rancher/banker cousin Tom Fillmore (Johnny Mack Brown). The boys get confused when they see rustlers on the trail and take the wrong side in a shootout, but Cousin Tom comes along and straightens things out. They get hired by him as chuck wagon cooks, and the charming Dare immediately sets his sights on his cousin's sweet girlfriend Judy (Marsha Hunt).
Judy talks Tom into letting the irresponsible Dare, who foolishly thinks of himself as the best poker player west of the Mississippi, be trail boss for delivering over $10,000 worth of cattle to a railroad town a short distance away. They get jumped by rustlers, as one of their cowboys (John Patterson) is a double-crosser working for rustler saloon owner Bart Hammond (Monte Blue) and sets their camping site in a spot where it's easy to pull off an ambush. But Dare outsmarts them and repels the ambush, and brings the herd to town. After he gets paid off, Bart suckers him into a card game with card shark Brady. Before Dare loses all the money, Tom shows up and takes over playing his hand. He exposes Brady as a card cheat and before they get back to Tom's ranch they have a shootout with Bart's gang that takes care of the rustling problem.
John Wayne, (Dare Rudd) plays the role of a drifter who gambles his money away and just can't seem to settle down until he goes back to his relative, (Tom Fillmore) Johnny Mack Brown who owns a great deal of cattle and runs the bank in town. Tom knows that Dare has a bad reputation but he gives him a chance and offers him a job to cook for his cattlemen. Tom has a girlfriend named Judy Rustoe, (Marsha Hunt) and Dare soon becomes very interested in her and they both start falling for each other. Judy persuades Tom to give Dare a different job than being a cook and so Tom makes Dare a foreman in charge of his cattle and wants him to take the cattle to market and sell them in town for $10,000 dollars. However, there are many problems that face Dare as he travels with the cattle and the story begins to get very interesting. John Wayne was 30 years of age when he made this picture and Marsha Hunt was 20 years old, they both gave outstanding performances and Marsha looked very beautiful. Today, Marsha Hunt is 91 years of age as of 2008.
CAST & CREW:
Johnny Mack Brown
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