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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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The Sheriff
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The Countess
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Cheyenne Rogers
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Allison McLeod
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Uncle Willie McLeod
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Nitro Rankin (as Guinn {Big Boy} Williams)
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Judge Cameron
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Banker Clanton
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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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Desperados  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the new safe for the bank arrives Uncle Willie McLeod says it's "built like a battleship." The story takes place in 1863. The term "battleship" did not come into wide use until the late 1880s. See more »

Quotes

Cheyenne Rogers: I was just goin' down to look at my horse.
Uncle Willie McLeod: Steve was in to see his horse a little while ago.
Uncle Willie McLeod: [laughs] Seems like there thee ain't nuthin' more lonesome than a lonesome horse.
Uncle Willie McLeod: [Uncle Willie laughs again] Except maybe a lonesome man.
Uncle Willie McLeod: A man don't need to be if the saloon's open.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits of the leading characters are shown as pages with photographs in a metal clasped book with the title THE DESPERADOES. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as dance music at the party
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The color is impressive , good story, good action.
3 July 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Probably because this is Columbia's first film in color, the colors look different specially in the indoor scenes. They seem to be stronger, sharper and the result is a bit unrealistic, but very pleasing. Randolph Scott is the sheriff, a good guy but the real star of the movie is a very young Glenn Ford, who is an outlaw that wants to change. Evelyn Keyes is the woman that starts falling for Ford and Claire Trevor is the Countess that runs the saloon. There is a funny character called Nitro that does not think twice before blowing it. I particularly enjoyed two moments of the film, one when there is a tremendous horse stampede and you see thousands of horses, there was no computer to help at that time, so I presume they must have gathered all those horses, no easy task. Another moment is the final shootout, technically very good. There is also quite a fistfight. Seeing this western made in 1943 with such great action scenes, makes you come to a sad conclusion: They don't make them anymore. Would they be able to in case they wanted? I have my doubts.


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