My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!


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Born to the West (1937) / Hell Town (1954)

CRIMSON-STREAKED ROMANCE HITS THE TRAIL!
It took six murdering rustlers and a girl to make a reckless rover settle down to love!

  • Born to the West (1937) movie went to Public Domain due to a studio screw up which resulted in several versions of the movie of various edits and quality. Re-titled and re-edited, it was re-released on 1954 as “Hell Town“.
  • On its first reissue, the company added random stock footage of cattle drives, chases, and stampedes to bring the running time to over an hour.
  • Due to a studio clerical error, Alan Ladd was credited for an appearance in Hell Town. He does not, in fact, appear in it. By the time it was re-released, Ladd had become a prominent and popular player, so his name was prominently displayed, often receiving equal billing right along with John Wayne, not only on all the re-titled advertising material, but also in most television program schedules once telecasts began. Amazing.
    MFW: Incredibly, there is still media on the Internet claiming that Alan Ladd is in this film.

Born to the West (1937)

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Wayne, Marsha Hunt, Johnny Mack Brown

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John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Part 2

2 thoughts on “John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Part 1

  1. You really do find the best posters. I love them!

    1. jcalberta says:

      John is slowly approaching a pivotal year in Western Film … 1939 … when Ford made Stagecoach. I’ll get there eventually. Too many branding irons in the campfire.

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