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The Painted Desert (1931)

Passed | | Western | 7 March 1931 (USA)
Two men find an abandoned baby and fight over the ownership of the child resulting in lifelong rivalry.

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Cast

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Bill Holbrook (as Bill Boyd)
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Mary Ellen Cameron
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Cash Holbrook
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Jeff Cameron
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Rance Brett
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Tonopah
Hugh Adams ...
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Will Walling ...
Kirby
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Judge Matthews
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Tex (as Guy Edward Hearn)
William Le Maire ...
Denver (as William LeMaire)
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Storyline

Western pardners Jeff and Cash find a baby boy in an otherwise deserted emigrants' camp, and clash over which is to be "father." They are still bitterly feuding years later when they own adjacent ranches. Bill, the foundling whom Cash has raised to young manhood, wants to end the feud and extends an olive branch toward Jeff, who now has a lovely daughter. But during a mining venture, the bitterness escalates. Is Bill to be set against his own adoptive father? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Also Known As:

Feindschaft  »

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| (copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The first sound film in which Clark Gable appeared, although his voice was heard in Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930). See more »

Quotes

[Cash and Jeff rescue a baby from a deserted wagon]
Cash Holbrook: What have we got that'll feed his gizzard? He can't chaw jerky!
Jeff Cameron: Aw, you don't know nothin'. There's oatmeal gruel and a mite of bacon grease'll see him through.
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Connections

Featured in Film Breaks: Out of the West (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Trail to Mexico (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
Traditional ballad
Sung a cappella by Charles Sellon
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A different but interesting western
10 June 2005 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

It's a different kind of western, with little action, all right, but it has a good plot and excellent performances, especially from the veterans William Farnum (Cash) and J. Farrel MacDonald (Jeff). Their interpretation of two friends turned into enemies because of a baby boy they found in the desert is wonderful. Helen Twelvetrees (Mary Ellen) is a flesh and blood Betty Boop and shows with her faces the transition from silent film heroines to those of the sound era. The plot has a simple, but coherent structure that leads to a happy ending. In the whole, "The Painted Desert" has not much of action but it's an enjoying western movie to watch.


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