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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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Director:
Writers:
Lindsley Parsons (story)
Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Love the View from this Angle, Miss Anne See more (16 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: When dressing to see Juanita, Scott changes hats. However the hat is on a hook on the wall when he arrives, but when he leaves he picks it up from the dresser near the door.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Last LapSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Love the View from this Angle, Miss Anne, 3 June 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

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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