Rough Romance

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.

Rough Romance
Directed byA.F. Erickson
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byKenneth B. Clarke (story)
Donald Davis (dialogue)
StarringGeorge O'Brien
Helen Chandler
Antonio Moreno
Roy Stewart
Harry Cording
Music byJohnny Burke
George A. Little
CinematographyDaniel B. Clark
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • June 22, 1930 (1930-06-22) (UK)
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.


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.

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