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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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Complete credited cast:
John Scott / John Jones
Mary Kornman ...
Eddy Chandler ...
Kansas Charlie / Rev. Harry Smith
Carmen Laroux ...
Juanita (as Carmen LaRoux)
Lafe McKee ...
Poker City Sheriff
Al Ferguson ...
Henry Hall ...
Farnsworth (Rodeo Promoter)


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 <>

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Did You Know?


The rodeo shots are the same as the ones used in The Man from Utah (1934). See more »


When Scott and Kansas escape from the gaol, Scott was unarmed but was wearing his gun-belt. As he runs across to the horses, he now has a gun in his holster. See more »


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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Remake of The Ridin' Fool (1931) See more »


The Last Lap
Music by Carl Albert Egener
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The Desert Trail was an early John Wayne B-western that featured former "Our Gang"er Mary Kornman
27 May 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Well, this is the first I've seen one of John Wayne's B-westerns, pre-Stagecoach, and I watched for one reason only: It's the only one that features a grown-up Mary Kornman, formerly of the silent "Our Gang" series. Her charms are still ample here as when she was a pre-teen but her part mainly calls for her to react to the "arguments" between Wayne and his conman cohort, Eddy Chandler. There's a funny scene in the beginning where Wayne manages to woo Carmen Laroux while Chandler has to sit silently because earlier the latter promised to act "dumb" so he wouldn't get mixed up with another woman but the way Wayne stomps on Chandler's foot every time the latter tries to punch him never became funny with me. A later scene with the Duke asking for some tonic on the top shelf is funny though since Kornman seems partly aware of John wanting to check her out! The story itself fits the 52-minute running time so there's no stretching at the seems. All in all, The Desert Trail was a somewhat enjoyable time-waster. P.S. There's a mix of both actual score music by Lee Zahler from the original print and latter-day additional scoring from William Barber that are obvious depending on how the music sounds though Barber's score isn't too distracting. And Ms. Kornman eventually became an expert horsewoman herself before she died on June 1, 1973.

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