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Desert Mesa (1935)

Approved | | Western | 2 February 1935 (USA)
Reissued in 1941 as "Mormon Conquest", this bottom-of-the-barrel entry from Victor Adamson/Art Mix/Denver Dixon productions finds jobless cowpuncher Jim Kirk riding into Cottonwood, Arizona... See full summary »

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(as Al James, Art James)

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(story) (as Van Johnson), (dialogue) (as Van Johnson)
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Jim Kirk (as Tom Wynn)
Tanya Beauford ...
Sally Kent (as Tonya Beauford)
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Jones
Bill Patton ...
Pete
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Art James (as Denver Dixon)
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Lynx Marson / El Garto
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Sam Kent (as Bill McCall)
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Ed Calder (as Horace Carpenter)
Dolores Booth ...
Juanita
Allen Greer ...
Foreman Bill Dobbs
Harry Keaton ...
Mr. Kirk
Tex Miller ...
Henchman
Bartlett A. Carre ...
Henchman (as Bart Carre)
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Reissued in 1941 as "Mormon Conquest", this bottom-of-the-barrel entry from Victor Adamson/Art Mix/Denver Dixon productions finds jobless cowpuncher Jim Kirk riding into Cottonwood, Arizona looking for the man who swindled his father. Old pal Art James tells him that Ed Calder, a shady rancher who moved in a few months ago, might be his man. Jim joins Art at the Crazy K Ranch owned by Sam Kent and his daughter Sally, with Bill Dobbs as their foreman. Jim saves Sally from badman Lynx Merson, who is out to get her father for past transgressions. Later, it is discovered that El Garto, a bandit from below the border, is actually Merson, and is working with Calder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Courage Marches On! (original print ad-all caps)

Genres:

Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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2 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mormon Conquest  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is not lost! A print distributed in the UK by Equity British in 1936 with a running time of 49 mins is now being aired (45 mins) on tv in the UK (Jan 2016). See more »

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Struggling B-Movie
12 January 2017 | by (Hebden Bridge, England) – See all my reviews

Clearly low-budget, the production values are simple and the acting very wooden. There's long periods of silence between dialogue that would have been better served with music on the soundtrack, especially as we see a lot of Cowboys' riding horsing in these scene. The reason I say this is because they do have music on the closing end credit, so it was possible for them to do this. It could and should have been better. The story itself is a very standard one in terms of the western genre, although this is not a problem in the context of things. It's a short running time so it's possible to stay with this film for its not too long duration, but it's not really a satisfying watch.


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