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Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)

Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.


Howard Bretherton


Adele Buffington (screenplay) (as Jess Bowers), James Oliver Curwood (story "Wheels of Fire")


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The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Jones ... Buck Roberts
Mona Barrie ... Sadie Rand
Raymond Hatton ... Sandy Hopkins
Robert Lowery ... Terry Wallace
Rex Bell ... Jack Carson
Maude Eburne ... Sarah Harkins
Christine McIntyre ... Mary Harkins
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Elmira Corkle
Robert Frazer ... Judge John Corkle
Harry Woods ... Jim Corkle
Tristram Coffin ... Matt Rand (as Tris Coffin)
Lee Shumway ... Joe Wallace
Roy Barcroft ... Chuck Loder
Steve Clark ... Alex Kirby
Warren Jackson Warren Jackson ... Fred Cooke


U. S. Marshals Buxk Roberts (Buck Jones), Jack Carson (Rex Bell) and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton) are entrusted with delivery of a wagon train of railroad supplies to the town of Beaver Lake. Formerly, every such wagon train attacked robbed and every member killed, supposedly by Indian, before it reached the town. Carson discovers from his Indian friends that the tribe had nothing to do with the attack and he rides into Beaver Creek seeking further information. Buck and Sandy are in charge of the wagon train, in which is Judge John Corkle (Robert Frazer) going to the town to visit his brother Jim (Harrry Woods), crooked boss who really runs the settlement.Matt Rand (Tristram Coffin)He and Sadie Rand (Mona Barrie) plan to set up a saloon and gambling house and Martha Turner Jan Wiley), a prospective mother who dies when her baby is born. Martha was the secret wife of Tony Corke (Dennis Moore), son of Jim. That night the train is attacked by white men posing as Indians and several of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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UNKNOWN DANGERS HELD NO TERROR...for the covered wagon scouts..the Commandos of fierce frontier days! (original-print-ad) See more »


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Release Date:

18 December 1942 (USA) See more »

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Amanhecer na Fronteira See more »

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Great Western Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Buck Jones Rides Into the Sunset
27 April 2003 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Dawn On the Great Divide" was to be another entry in Monogram's popular Rough Rider series which had starred Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Raymond Hatton. At that time McCoy was called into active service in WWII and he was replaced by Rex Bell who had starred in a couple of poverty row series in the early 30s. Jones and Hatton continued to play the same characters namely Buck Roberts and Sandy Hopkins respectively. Bell, who was no McCoy, played Jack Carson the third member of the trio.

The story (which appears to have a larger budget than usual) has Jones and Hatton guiding a wagon train of settlers and railroad supplies across the plains. Meanwhile Jim Corkle (Harry Woods) and his gang have been raiding the wagon trains disguised as Indians, to protect their interest in the town of Beaver Lake. Bell is working under cover within Wood's organization. Naturally, good triumphs over evil in the finale.

Unfortunately, this would be the last of the Rough Rider series as Buck Jones would die tragically in a fire in Boston in November, 1942 before this film was released. It was however, a better than average film for him to end his illustrious career, that had dated back to the early days of silent films.

The picture is also blessed with a great cast of familiar supporting players. Mona Barrie plays Sadie, the gambling lady, and Christine McIntyre plays Mary the good heroine who gets to sing a couple of songs. Roy Barcroft who was just coming into his own, has the honor of being the last villain that Jones ever gunned down. Others in Woods' gang include Robert Frazer, Bud Osborne, I. Stanford Jolley and Dennis Moore. Robert Lowery and Tris Coffin appear in other roles.

Rex Bell was more famous for being married to silent film "It" girl Clara Bow. Except for a couple of insignificant minor parts, this would also be his final film. Bell would go on to become the Lieutenant-Governor of Nevada in the late 50s.

I have to admit that I had a lump in my throat as I watched old favorite Buck Jones ride off into the sunset for the last time.

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