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Riders of Destiny DVD
Riders of Destiny

Riders of Destiny

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"Monogram [Pictures Corp.] initially broached the idea of making Wayne a singing cowboy and created the character of 'Singin' Sandy' Saunders for the first of the batch, Riders of Destiny. There had been songs in westerns previously--in some of the earlysound Ken Maynard pictures line Sons of the Saddle (1930) and also in such big-budget specials as In Old Arizona (1929)--but it was a novel addition for such cheap pictures as Monogram planned. It presented one major difficulty. Wayne could not sing.His own limited baritone wouldn't do and so he merely mouthed the words of his songs while singer Smith Ballew loaned his voice out of camera range. Even Wayne's apparent guitar-playing was provided by an expert off-screen. The results, seen today, aresomewhat hilarious as Wayne walks along facing the camera with a look of strained nonchalance on his features as a completely inappropriate voice mumbles a song about how 'There'll be blood a-running in town before night' and a bystander mercifully interrupts the warbling to point him out as 'Singin' Sandy--the most notorious gunman since Billy the Kid!' Wayne must have been much happier living up to that description in an archetypal main street shootout with the lean, mean figure of Slip Morgan (Earl Dwire), forcefully delivering the line 'Make it fast, Slippery, this is your last draw!' What finally put paid to Monogram's musical hopes was Wayne's acute embarrassment when he made some personal appearances only to be met with his fans' demands that he should regale them with a rendering of 'The Desert Song' and other favorites. He protested to the studio and--apart from briefly 'singing' at the start of The Man From Utah and in Westward Ho--his days as a threat to the likes of Bing Crosby were over wit
Title: Riders of Destiny
Genre: Drama
Starring: George "Gabby" Hayes, John Wayne, Cecilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, George Hayes, Al St. John, Heinie Conklin, Yakima Canutt, Lafe McKee, Addie Foster
Directors: Robert N. Bradbury, Robert North Bradbury
Studio: Mr Fat - w Video
Attributes: Manufactured on Demand
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Original Year: 1933
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 886470678945
Item #: 1253523X

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