Rough Romance is a 1930 American adventure film western directed by A.F. Erickson. The film stars George O'Brien, Helen Chandler, Antonio Moreno, Roy Stewart, and Harry Cording and a 23-year-old John Wayne had a minor uncredited role.
|Directed by||A.F. Erickson|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Kenneth B. Clarke (story)|
Donald Davis (dialogue)
|Music by||Johnny Burke|
George A. Little
|Cinematography||Daniel B. Clark|
|Edited by||Paul Weatherwax|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
Working as lumberjacks in the Northwest, Billy West (George O'Brien) and his pal Laramie (Eddie Borden) spy two men stealing furs from a trap, but they arrive too late to save the trap owner from being shot. Billy suspects Loup LaTour (Antonio Moreno) and his partner Chick Carson (Harry Cording).
While Marna Reynolds (Helen Chandler) dreams of dances and pick chiffon dresses, her father (David Hartford) is being forced to purchase stolen furs from LaTour and Carson, and LaTour is throwing a few lecherous glances toward Marna. Billy, in a card game, catches LaTour cheating and also suggests he suspects him of theft and murder before further violence is stopped by the sheriff. Billy and Laramie are ambushed and Billy is shot in the shoulder, but kills Carson. Laramie takes Billy to the Reynolds trading post, where Marna ministers to his wound. LaTour convinces the sheriff that Billy murdered Carson and the sheriff is led on a dogsled chase by Laramie.
LaTour returns to the post with intentions of changing his lecherous glances into lecherous action, and the weakened Billy struggles with LaTour as Marna races toward the log-jammed river.
- George O'Brien as Billy West
- Helen Chandler as Marna Reynolds
- Antonio Moreno as Loup La Tour
- Roy Stewart as Sheriff Milt Powers
- Harry Cording as Chick Carson
- David Hartford as "Dad" Reynolds
- Noel Francis as Flossie
- Frank Lanning as Pop Nichols
- John Wayne as Lumberjack (uncredited)
While Wayne had a bit part in this film and also worked on props, he was not given a props credit as shown by some sources. If he had been, he would have been the first and only props worker given an on-film credit in 1930.