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Heritage of the Desert (1932)

Nabb controls the pass and lets all the ranchers through except Holderness and his stolen cattle. When Nabb refuses to sell, Holderness works an his son Snap who has run up gambling debts. ... See full summary »

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Lefty - Henchman (as Guinn Williams)
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Nabb controls the pass and lets all the ranchers through except Holderness and his stolen cattle. When Nabb refuses to sell, Holderness works an his son Snap who has run up gambling debts. There is more trouble when Snap becomes jealous of Judy's attraction to the surveyor Jack. When Holderness has Snap killed, everyone heads to town for the showdown. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Land Thieves And Bandits Battling Pioneer Settlers Of The West! (reissue poster) See more »


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Re-titled "When the West Was Young", this film was first telecast in Louisville (KY) on 18 September 1953 on WHAS (Channel 11), in Detroit (MI) on 26 February 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City 4 April 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles 15 August 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4). In San Francisco it first hit the airwaves on 31 July 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

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The story takes place in 1890, but Sally Blane's hairstyles, make-up and demeanor are strictly 1932, likewise the girls in the saloon. See more »

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Dance Hall Girl: Hello, Stranger
Jack Hare: How did you know I was a stranger?
Dance Hall Girl: Because I don't know you. Anybody I don't know is a stranger.
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Remade as Heritage of the Desert (1939) See more »

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All's Fair In Love And Range War
12 February 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In his very first starring western Randolph Scott plays an easterner. He's one who learns the western ways very fast because of the trouble he's walking into.

Heritage Of The Desert one of the many Zane Grey novels that Paramount was filming during these years casts Randolph Scott as an eastern surveyor hired by J. Farrell MacDonald to get an accurate read on his boundary. That's something that neighboring rancher David Landau doesn't like probably because the result he knows would go against him.

Landau's our villain of the piece and is cut from the Snidely Whiplash mold which becomes abundantly clear when toward the end of the film he decides that he ought to marry Sally Blane who has no interest in him believe me. In fact that's the second part of the trouble Randy's walked into.

Blane is the daughter of MacDonald's late partner and she has a piece of the MacDonald spread outright. It's been assumed that she'd be marrying Gordon Westcott who is MacDonald's son. But Westcott's a weak sort who Landau has taken much advantage of. And until Scott arrives on the scene looking at what else was around, Blane probably thought she was getting a bargain.

So mix the elements of love and land feud and the answer is all's fair in love and range war.

It's very apparent that even cast as a somewhat green easterner Randolph Scott would have a good future in westerns. Blane's resemblance to her more well known sister Loretta Young is unmistakable and Landau is his usual villain, mean and tough and he does work through the more old fashioned aspects of his stock villain character.

And for double historical interest, Heritage Of The Desert is the first feature film directed by Henry Hathaway who was contracted to Paramount for many years starting with this film.

I'm sure the Saturday matinée crowd delighted in this one.


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