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The Desperadoes (1943)

 -  Romance | Western  -  25 May 1943 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
The Sheriff
The Countess
Cheyenne Rogers
Allison McLeod
Uncle Willie McLeod
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Nitro Rankin (as Guinn {Big Boy} Williams)
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Cameron
Porter Hall ...
Banker Clanton


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 <>

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA)  »

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The Desperadoes  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was Columbia's first Technicolor feature. See more »


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 »


Judge Cameron: Why I aim to give Red Valley a couple hangings that they'll be proud of in days to come.
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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 »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in a saloon
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Great Color, Great Action, Great Movie
11 December 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Glenn Ford is hired by a crooked bank owner and wily stable owner Edger Buchanan to stage a fake robbery while the banker hides the real loot. With Ford a no-show, the two instead go with a trigger happy second choice, leaving Ford on the hook for killings he didn't commit.

Columbia Pictures' first color feature, The Desperadoes looks fantastic with sets and costumes fabricated to take full advantage of the Technicolor process accentuating tons of well staged western spectacle.

This has the irresistible teaming of a young Glenn Ford (third-billed but essentially the star) and a prime Randolph Scott leading an incredible supporting cast of great character actors in colorful roles, including scene-stealer Edger Buchanan as a good-natured but mildly villainous yokel who isn't as dumb as he looks and who has quite a few memorable lines.

A fairly complex script effectively mixes incredible action sequences, melodrama, and comedy, well directed by Charles Vidor. This is one of the great westerns of the nineteen-forties and highly recommended.

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