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The Desert Trail (1935)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  22 April 1935 (USA)
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Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City.

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John Scott / John Jones
Mary Kornman ...
Anne
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Jim
Eddy Chandler ...
Kansas Charlie / Rev. Harry Smith
Carmen Laroux ...
Juanita (as Carmen LaRoux)
Lafe McKee ...
Poker City Sheriff
Al Ferguson ...
Pete
Henry Hall ...
Farnsworth (Rodeo Promoter)
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Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Juanita's house is the same house as used as the Matlock ranch-house in The Star Packer (1934) and as Malgrove's house in Blue Steel (1934). See more »

Goofs

After Scott stops the stage, he agrees to drive it into town. He jumps on the driver's seat and heads off, leaving his own horse behind. However, as the stage arrives in town, his horse can be seen tied on behind the stage. See more »

Quotes

Kansas Charlie, aka Rev. Harry Smith: Do you mean to insinuate that I'm dumb?
John Scott, aka John Jones: No. Dumber!
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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

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The Last Lap
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Music by Carl Albert Egener
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Love the View from this Angle, Miss Anne
3 June 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The opening scene in the stagecoach is hilarious. Wayne shows a real comedic talent here and throughout this tongue-in-cheek 60 minutes that he seldom showed as a super-star. The dialogue surrounding Wayne's and Kansas's competition over the girls is delightfully funny. So is the scene with Anne having to stretch out for Wayne's ogling benefit. Credit should go to writer Lindsley Parsons and director Lewis Collins who keeps Wayne loose and in the mood. And where did the guy playing Kansa come from. He looks more like a banker than a side-kick. But he sure knows his way around a laugh line. Pairing him with Wayne is almost inspired.

I guess an entry like this is largely a matter of taste. It departs from the matinée formula by emphasizing a rather adult level of humor. Probably, most kids didn't much like it. The plot is pretty good, more coherent than most, with the usual hard-riding, big-shooting action. One thing for sure-- Lone Star didn't pop for locations on this one. I can almost see the LA outskirts in the distance. Anyway, this one gave me a lot more chuckles than I ever expected, and I may be wrong, but I don't think Wayne ever again reached quite this level of relaxed comedic acting.


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