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Toll of the Desert (1935)

Approved | | Western | 5 May 1935 (USA)
When his family is killed by Indians, a bitter cowboy turns into a ruthless hired gunman. Unbeknownst to him, his son had survived the attack, and is now a lawman. The son, not knowing that... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Bill Collins, aka Bill Carson
Betty Mack ...
Jean Streeter
Tom Collins
Joe Carson
Sheriff Jackson
Henchman Carter
Streeter (as Edward Cassidy)


When his family is killed by Indians, a bitter cowboy turns into a ruthless hired gunman. Unbeknownst to him, his son had survived the attack, and is now a lawman. The son, not knowing that the killer is his father, is assigned to bring him to justice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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5 May 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidas Tempestuosas  »

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This film received its first documented telecasts on the East Coast in New York City Thursday 1 July 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and on the West Coast in Los Angeles Tuesday 4 July 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

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Unknown and surprisingly good cast and director in good story

Looking somewhat like Andy Griffith, young Fred Kohler, Jr., is a good- looking, amiable, and capable hero in this well-directed but familiar story.

The print I watched, at YouTube, was not very clear and was choppy and dark, but the movie generally held my attention and interest, in part because some of the leading players were not known to me, Kohler and the lovely Betty Mack, for example, though Tom London, Earl Dwire, and George Cheesbro certainly were.

The story was that of a boy and father separated by tragic events and going different paths, law-enforcer and law-breaker.

Though sometimes the acting was barely adequate, the camera angles and positions were usually superior. The scenery was used properly, and the action and fight scenes were always exciting, even though the lack of a Yakima Canutt directing them was apparent, even obvious.

Fred Kohler, Jr., often got his shirt ripped open and he was in good-enough shape to make that seem on purpose.

For reasons I don't know, his starring roles didn't continue, but he kept acting until the late 1970s.

Betty Mack was, according to statistics here at IMDb, 10 years older than he, but she didn't look it. She was lovely, very watchable, and good enough as an actress to make us want to see more of her.

Her acting career, though, ended in 1941, again for reasons I don't know.

So many of the other players here continued in movies a long time, without achieving real stardom, but at least making a living.

In this movie, they all worked together well, and brought to the screen an exciting and poignant adventure that I recommend. I hope, though, you can find a better print than the one I saw at YouTube.

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