Riders of Destiny
Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
John Wayne as Singin' Sandy Saunders
Cecilia Parker as Fay Denton
Forrest Taylor as James Kincaid
George 'Gabby' Hayes as Charlie Denton
Al 'Fuzzy' St. John as Henchman Bert
Heinie Conklin as Henchman Elmer
Yakima Canutt as Henchman
Earl Dwire as Slip Morgan
Lafe McKee as Sheriff Bill Baxter
Addie Foster as Mrs. Mason
Cowboy Singin' Sandy Saunders finds sheriff Bill Baxter out in the middle of the desert. The sheriff has been shot in the back and Sandy takes him back to the nearby town of Starbuck to get help. The plot gets thicker from there, involving a greedy land baron, James Kincaid, attempting to take over the town by controlling the mines, water rights and stagecoach. Sandy has to go undercover as a new hand for Kincaid's bandits to set things right and sing a few songs along the way.
Riders of Destiny was the second in the Singin' Sandy series of westerns, and John Wayne is the second actor to play Singin' Sandy, after Ken Maynard.
Since John Wayne isn't known for his singing voice, all the songs were dubbed and lip synced for Riders of Destiny.
Wayne got out of the Singing Cowboy gig because he would go to events and kids would want him to sing them a song, which made him feel embarrassed.
Wayne was replaced by Gene Autry, who made the concept of the singing cowboy known worldwide.
Singin' Sandy was considerably dark with Wayne's portrayal. Singin' Sandy had a black 10 gallon hat instead of a white one and sang grim lyrics such as "streets soon running with blood" and "you'll be drinking your drinks with the dead."
Riders of Destiny was originally to be called Singin' Sandy.