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The Desert Trail -- 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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Release Date:
22 April 1935 (USA) See more »
Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Scott / John Jones
Mary Kornman ... Anne

Paul Fix ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silver Tip Baker ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Frank Ball ... Jake (Banker) (uncredited)
Frank Brownlee ... Sheriff of Rattlesnake Gulch (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Deputy Tommy (uncredited)
Dick Dickinson ... Observer at Poker Game (uncredited)
Bert Dillard ... Deputy in Checked Shirt (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Townsman (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks ... Townsman (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Robbed Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Lew Meehan ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Deputy (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Deputy (uncredited)
Fred Parker ... Doctor (uncredited)
Archie Ricks ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Wally West ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis D. Collins  (as Cullen Lewis)
Writing credits
Lindsley Parsons (story)

Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Barber (1985) (as William Barber)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Stransky Jr. .... sound recordist (as J.A. Stransky Jr.)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert Dillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Billy Barber .... conductor (1985 revisionist video version) (as William Barber)
Jean de la Roche .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Crew believed to be complete

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54 min
Black and White | Color (colorized)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The rodeo shots are the same as the ones used in The Man from Utah (1934).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Kansas Charlie, aka Rev. Harry Smith:It's talk that always gets you into trouble with a woman. They always think you mean more than you say.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Last LapSee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of Wayne's better early westerns, 21 August 2006
Author: frankfob from California

This early John Wayne Lone Star western has a bit more going for it than the run-of-the-mill oaters Wayne had been making for Lone Star up until that time. For one, it has his old friend Paul Fix in it; Fix, being a much better actor then the standard Lone Star villain, brings a much needed professionalism to the surroundings instead of the usual hesitant line-readings often delivered in these oaters. The plot, about mistaken identity, payroll robbery and murder, is as trite and perfunctory as you'd expect it to be in a 1930s low-budget western, but Wayne's strapping good looks, easygoing charm and way with a line go a long way to making this more enjoyable. Plump, balding Eddy Chandler isn't quite believable as Wayne's womanizing "partner", and there's a running gag about something that happens whenever Chandler and Wayne are about to get into a fistfight that grows tiresome. On the other hand, Wayne's love interest is played by none other than Mary Kornman, the little "Mary" of the early "Little Rascals" fame. She is a grown-up 20-year-old now, blonde and cute as a button. Most of Wayne's leading ladies in these Lone Star/Monogram "B's" were fairly bland and colorless, but Mary is perky, cute and, yes, sexy. There's a scene in the general store, where she works, in which Wayne asks her to get him a bottle of "nerve tonic", which happens to be on the top shelf, so she has to get a ladder and climb up to the top shelf. Wayne's ogling of her pert little backside as she ascends the steps, then again as she comes down, then again a few minuter later when he asks her to climb up and get him another bottle, is surprisingly racy for a film made in 1935. Wayne makes no attempt at all to hide the fact that he is definitely checking out her butt. It's surprising that this got past the Hays Office censors, but they were probably more concerned with the product that came out of the "main" studios rather than a cheap "B" western from some--as far as they were concerned--no-name outfit.

Anyway, it's an interesting little "B", not great but not as choppy and disorganized as many of his Lone Star productions of the time. The final gunfight isn't handled all that well, and Chandler gets somewhat irritating after a while, but all in all, it's worth a look, if only to see a cute and sexy Mary Kornman.

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