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The Painted Desert (1931)

Passed  -  Western  -  7 March 1931 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Bill Holbrook (as Bill Boyd)
Helen Twelvetrees ...
Mary Ellen Cameron
William Farnum ...
Cash Holbrook
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Jeff Cameron
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Rance Brett
Charles Sellon ...
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Hugh Adams ...
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Wade Boteler ...
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Will Walling ...
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Edmund Breese ...
Judge Matthews
Edward Hearn ...
Tex (as Guy Edward Hearn)
William Le Maire ...
Denver (as William LeMaire)
Richard Cramer ...
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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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7 March 1931 (USA)  »

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Quotes

Rance Brett: Miss, I'm from Montana and I'm headin' New Mexico way.
Jeff Cameron: What was your name in Montana?
Rance Brett: Brett - same as here! And I'm headin' New Mexico way. At least I was
[glances at Mary Ellen]
Rance Brett: while I had a horse.
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Trail to Mexico (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
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Sung a cappella by Charles Sellon
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Incomplete But Still Good
26 October 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Two men traveling west find a baby boy in the desert and quarrel over which one will raise him. One steals away with the boy and becomes a wealthy rancher while the other stays put beside a waterhole and remains an impoverished homesteader.

Years later the boy has grown up to become a fair-minded man who tries to reconcile the two bitter enemies, partnering with his father's old friend in a mining operation beset by mistrust due to unexplained sabotage.

The Painted Desert is mostly remembered nowadays for featuring future Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd and the first talking performance by Clark Gable.

Though undoubtedly harmed by having nearly all it's action sequences carved up as stock footage for later films, it's still worth watching and has a nice Hollywood sheen not seen in later B-westerns.


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