Ride Him, Cowboy

Ride Him, Cowboy is a 1932 pre-Code Western film directed by Fred Allen for Warner Brothers, starring a 25-year-old John Wayne. Based on the 1923 novel of the same name by Kenneth Taylor Perkins, the film is a remake of The Unknown Cavalier, a 1926 Ken Maynard Western, with lots of stock footage from the original. The film was released as The Hawk in the U.K.[2]

Ride Him, Cowboy
Original poster
Directed byFred Allen
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Written by
  • Kenneth Perkins (novel)
  • Scott Mason
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byWilliam Clemens
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • August 23, 1932 (1932-08-23) (USA)
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$224,000[1]


John Drury (John Wayne) is passing through when townsfolk are about to kill Duke, a horse they believe to be dangerous. He convinces them to reprieve the animal if he can ride it. He does, earning the gratitude of Ruth Gaunt (Ruth Hall).

He then volunteers to deal with an outlaw known as the Hawk who has been terrorizing the area. Solid citizen Henry Simms (Frank Hagney) volunteers to guide him to the Hawk's territory. But Simms is actually the Hawk and he ties Drury to a tree, leaving him to die. Simms then leads a raid on a ranch, kills a man and plants Drury's harmonica at the scene. With the help of his horse Duke, Drury manages to free himself.

However, a group of vigilantes, believing that he is the Hawk, accuse him of murder and take him to face a hanging judge. Fortunately, Ruth shows up, with the news that a wounded witness has regained consciousness and confirmed Drury's claim that Simms is the real bandit.

Simms' men burst in and hold everyone at gunpoint. Simms takes Ruth with him to his hideout, but Drury manages to escape and follow them. The posse overpowers Simms' henchmen and captures the rest of the gang. Simms and Drury fight; when Drury is distracted by the arrival of help, Simms knocks him out and tries to flee, only to run into the deadly hooves of an enraged Duke.

Cast (in credits order)

Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $164,000 domestically and $60,000 foreign.[1]

See also


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 13 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Tramp, The Passing (5 March 2014). "The Passing Tramp: A Life of Crime: Kenneth Taylor Perkins (1890-1951)". thepassingtramp.blogspot.com.au.
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