GenreRomance, Western ProducerLeon Schlesinger CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 23, 1932 (1932-08-23) (USA) WriterKenneth Perkins (by), Scott Mason (adaptation) CastJohn Wayne (John Drury), Duke (Devil Horse Duke), Ruth Hall (Ruth Gaunt), Henry B. Walthall (John Gaunt), Otis Harlan (Judge E. Clarence 'Necktie' Jones), Harry Gribbon (Deputy Sheriff Clout) Similar moviesThe Man from Laramie, Hud, The Big Country, The Hunting Party, Big Jake, Tom Horn
TaglineYIPEE! Here Come The Ridin', Fightin' King of the Range!
Ride Him, Cowboy is a 1932 remake of The Unknown Cavalier, a 1926 Western film starring Ken Maynard, with lots of stock footage from the original. It was directed by Fred Allen and starred 25-year-old John Wayne. The film was titled The Hawk in the UK. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Kenneth Taylor Perkins.
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.