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The Desperadoes (1943)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1943 (USA)
A wanted outlaw arrives in town to rob a bank that has already been held up! His past and his friendship with the sheriff land them both in trouble.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheriff Steve Upton
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Countess Maletta
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Cheyenne Rogers
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Allison McLeod
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Uncle Willie McLeod
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Judge Cameron
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Nitro Rankin (as Guinn {Big Boy} Williams)
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Stanley Clanton
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Sundown
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Jack Lester
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Dan Walters
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Cass
Edward Pawley ...
Blackie
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Rollo
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Lem
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Storyline

Popular mailcoach driver Uncle Willie is in fact in league with the town's crooked banker. They plan to have the bank robbed after emptying it, and when Willie's choice for this doesn't show in time, he gets some local boys to do it. When his man does turn up he decides to stick around, as he is pals with the sheriff and also takes a shine to Willie's daughter Allison. This gives the bad men several new problems. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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NEVER BEFORE SUCH THRILLS! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


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25 May 1943 (USA)  »

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Desperados  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the film on which Budd Boetticher (then an assistant director) met Randolph Scott and Harry Joe Brown. More than a decade later the trio would team up for the famous "Ranown" series of westerns, such as The Tall T (1957) and Ride Lonesome (1959). See more »

Goofs

Uncle Willie carries the bag of gold in his right hand to give to the head of the bandits, Jack Lester; when the bandits initially confront him he is still holding the bag of gold in his right hand. Suddenly, Uncle Willie is hiding the gold under his left arm beneath his jacket, the same place he had put it back in the bank when it was handed to him. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lester: Cheyenne, you ain't serious, are you? Killin' me don't make sense.
Nitro Rankin: [lronically] It never does to the fella that's getting killed.
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits: 1863 - the newest frontier was Utah - Utah's gold was its wild horses, which the Union Army was seeking to buy. Men rushed to this new frontier - some to break these horses - others to break the law. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Played as dance music at the party
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It's all here, folks!
11 February 2007 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Ladies and gentlemen, is the daily grind getting you down? Do you want a good, old-fashioned oater to fill in the early evening hours? Well, it's all here for you folks in Charles Vidor's 1943 production "The Desperadoes".

You've got your stalwart lawman (Randolph Scott), your good bad guy (Glenn Ford), the spunky romantic interest (Evelyn Keyes), the tough but tender saloon hostess (Claire Trevor) and the not-too-bright sidekick (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams). You've got gorgeous Technicolor, stampedes, bronco riding, shady businessmen and an explosion or two! So, pop that corn and melt that butter. What's that? You want more, folks? You want scene stealers? Well, seeing as it's you, we have two of the greatest. Mr. Edgar Buchanan and Mr. Raymond Walburn will commit grand larceny before your very eyes.

So, sit back and relax, ladies and gentlemen. It's all here!


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