Dawn on the Great Divide
Scott R. Dunlap (associate) for Monogram
directed by Howard Bretherton
starring Buck Jones, Mona Barrie, Raymond Hatton, Rex Bell, Robert Lowery, Maude Eburne, Christine McIntyre, Betty Blythe, robert frazer, Harry Woods, Tristram Coffin, Lee Shumway, Roy Barcroft, Steve Clark, warren Jackson, Dennis Moore, Jan Wiley, Ben Corbett, Reed Howes, I.Stanford Jolley, Artie Ortego, Bud Osborne, Victor Adamson, Herman Hack, Merrill McCormick, Spade Cooley
screenplay by Adele S.Buffington, based on the story Wheels of Fate by James Oliver Curwood, musical director: Edward J.Kay
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Rough Riders Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond
Hatton) are scouts with a wagon train bringing new settlers to the West
plus a wagonload of railroad supplies. It seems though that a certain
Indian tribe is after the railroad supplies, so Roberts has the train
split ... and sure enough, the one half of the train comes under attack
from the Indians and everybody is killed. Only, the attackers haven't been
Indians at all, as it turns out.
In the meantime, gambler Jack Carson
(Rex Bell) has taken residence in Beaver Lake, a town not far from where
the Indian attack took place and which the wagon train has to pass. Only,
Carson is not a gambler at all but an undercover investigator in league
with Roberts and Hopkins, and he soon enough figures out the town's judge
(Robert frazer), his businessman brother Jim (Harry Woods) and strongman
Loder (Roy Barcroft) are behind the Indian attacks - so he joins
them ... and together with Roberts and Hopkins, he manages to lure the
baddies into a trap.
Mona Barrie plays Buck Jones' love interest, a
casino operator with a heart of gold.
Rather weak B Western
that puts surprisingly little focus on the main plot but instead gets way
too interested in its supporting characters, turning this more into a
wagon train soap opera than decent Western entertainment.
the way, this was not an official entry into the Rough Riders-series,
since Tim McCoy, the third part of the trio (besides Buck Jones and
Raymond Hatton) was off in Europe to serve in World War II. Still, Jones
and Hatton play the roles they also played in the series, with Bell being
their new third man. There might have been more movies featuring this
trio, but Buck Jones died in a nightclub fire before Dawn on the Great
Divide was even released.