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The Dude Ranger (1934)

An Easterner inherits a cattle ranch, only to discover that thousands of cattle have been stolen. He secretly signs on as a hired hand at his own ranch to discover who's stealing them.


Edward F. Cline


Zane Grey (story), Barry Barringer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Ernest Selby aka Dude Howard
Irene Hervey ... Anne Hepburn
LeRoy Mason ... Dale Hyslip (as Le Roy Mason)
Syd Saylor ... Nebraska Kemp (as Sid Saylor)
Henry Hall ... Sam Hepburn
Jim Mason ... Hawk Stevens (as James Mason)
Sid Jordan Sid Jordan ... Dunn - Henchman
Alma Chester Alma Chester ... Martha - the Housekeeper
Lloyd Ingraham ... John Beckett


When Selby arrives as the new ranch owner, he is assumed to be just another cowboy attracted to Ann Hepburn so he takes a job as a dude cowhand. He learns cattle are being rustled and he suspects the boss Sam Hepburn. But Hepburn suspects the foreman Hyslip and when he catches him with the goods, Hyslip shoots him. Hyslip then blames the new dude, and sends his men out to kill him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The thrills will have you jumping in your chair! (original poster) See more »


Action | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Rätsel der Winston-Farm See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Wednesday 16 July 1939 on pioneer television station W2XBS (Channel 1). Post-WWII television audiences got their first look at it in New York City Saturday 11 March 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


'Nebraska' Kemp: I'm going to the dance tonight. I always dance better without bullet holes.
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Version of Roll Along, Cowboy (1937) See more »

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This One Has Everything a B Western Should Have -- And More!
6 September 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

George O'Brien wants to sell the ranch he's just inherited, but the lawyer tells him that he can't get a good price for it. Five thousand head of cattle have disappeared. When he goes to the ranch to make enquiries, everyone assumes he's another saddle tramp who has fallen in love at first sight with the manager's daughter, Irene Hervey, so they give him a job and make fun of him.

This B western is something special. Under the direction of comedy specialist Eddie Cline, the performers get to act with great charm, and the tricks that are played on O'Brien are deadly -- and funny. Sid Saylor plays the comic sidekick, but he's not simply another clown, but a smart, tough cowboy with a strong goofy streak. There is plenty of good location shooting, with a beautiful long shot for the final confrontation. For a B western, this is as good as it gets.

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