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The Desperadoes (1943)

Approved  |   |  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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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
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Nitro Rankin (as Guinn {Big Boy} Williams)
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Cameron
Porter Hall ...
Banker Clanton
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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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25 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Charles King is listed as a cast member in a modern source, but he was not seen in the film. 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

Deputy Blackie: Only twelve hours until you boys get some exercise... walking on air.
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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 »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as dance music at the party
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Bravo!! Columbia's first Technicolor western is a beaut!!
9 November 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For an enjoyable western starring the young Glenn Ford, Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor and Evelyn Keyes, you can't go wrong with THE DESPERADOES. Filmed in gorgeous technicolor, there's a Zane Grey feeling about the storyline--a man (Ford) hoping to redeem his crooked past joins forces with a lawman (Scott) and helps him capture the thieves behind a bank robbery. Sure, it's all been done before but the pace is quick, the dialogue brisk and the action is sometimes quite spectacular.

Particularly exciting and novel is the use of a stampede started by a blast of nitro, all designed as a distraction while Ford rushes to the aid of a wrongly imprisoned sheriff (Scott). Guinn "Big Boy" Williams plays his 'Nitro' character with his usual blustery charm.

Nice performances from a cast including Edgar Buchanan, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Raymond Walburn and Irving Bacon as a bartender whose saloon keeps getting blasted and destroyed by gunfire battles.

Entertaining all the way through.


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