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Painted Desert (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 12 August 1938 (USA)
Faucett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back.

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Bob McVey
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Miss Carol Banning (as Laraine Johnson)
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Steve
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Bill
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Yukon Kate
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Hugh Fawcett (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
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Charles M. Banning
Harry Cording ...
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Bart Currie
William V. Mong ...
Banker Heist
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Faucett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back.

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Desperate Men at Death Grips For Spoils that Mean Wealth to the Victors!

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Romance | Western

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Contrabando de guerra  »

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Includes a considerable amount of archive footage lifted out of, and not replaced back into, The Painted Desert (1931). See more »

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Featured in Film Breaks: The Singing Cowboy (1999) See more »

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Moonlight on the Painted Desert
(1938) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Oliver Drake
Played and sung by Ray Whitley, Ken Card, Earl Phelps, Norman Phelps and Willie Phelps at the ranch
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Plenty of action and great scenery packed into an hour.
13 October 2014 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

You know the stories of these programmer westerns, also called "juveniles" were trite. There's the "good guy", here George O'Brien, and there's the villain, always scheming to grab all the money, and who seems to be winning in the struggle right up until the very end. And there's "the Girl" who hates the hero until the very end when they decide to get married. But these pictures succeeded or failed with their audiences by their ability to deliver ACTION. The Painted Desert has plenty of action packed into less than a hour. First of all there is the beautiful scenery of just riding across the undulating desert with its scrub vegetation of Red Rock Canyon. Then there's a stamped and a perilous run of ore loaded wagons along a vertiginous cliff and lastly a great mine explosion. I note that IMDb informs us that much footage was lifted from an earlier, 1931, version. Even excepting that the cinematography from Harry Wild, later a master of noir cinema, is remarkable. There is a scene inside the mine that's drop dead gorgeous. I don't want to make a big deal about what is just an hour's entertainment, but its pleasant to report on a film which maintains a dignity and integrity when far more prestigious productions have strayed into inarticulate spectacle.


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