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This was the second production, following Haunted Gold (1932), under a six-picture contract John Wayne signed with Warner Bros. It’s a remake of The Unknown Cavalier (1926).
When Warner Bros. acquired First National Pictures a few years prior, they inherited the rights to several silent westerns starring Ken Maynard. These were popular, A-list productions featuring Maynard’s impressive stunt work.
Warner Bros. sought to remake the Maynard silents with sound, recycling as much footage as possible, reshooting only the close-ups and interiors. All they needed was an actor who matched Maynard’s build. Enter Wayne.
Wayne plays a wandering…