The first of 22 inexpensive Westerns starring Jack Randall (aka Addison Randall and Allan Byron), Riders of the Dawn is yet another in a long series of oaters featuring a lawman masquerading as an outlaw. This time around, the lawman is Jack Preston (Randall), a singing marshal searching for the gang that has been terrorizing the good folks of Green Valley. Posing as Two-Gun Gardner, Preston tracks down the villainous Danti (Warner Richmond) and his gang of stage robbers. The brother (some say half-brother) of B-Western star Robert Livingston, Jack Randall was Poverty Row company Monogram's first entry in the singing cowboy sweepstakes. When the studio acquired Tex Ritter in 1940, the Randall vehicles became straight Westerns playing the lower half of double bills. Better known for his offscreen escapades (which included marrying the same woman, actress Louise Stanley, twice), Randall changed his name to Allan Byron in 1943. He was Addison Randall once again when killed performing a riding stunt for the 1945 serial The Royal Mounted Rides Again.
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