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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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Cast

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

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desperados  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The story takes place in 1863, during The Civil War. Just before the horse stampede through town a character says, "...they'll think they're riding into Custer's Last Stand." Custer's Last Stand happened in 1876. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) 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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B Western doesn't know if it's a drama or comedy.
16 August 2005 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

I'm sure this one was issued on DVD only because it was an early Glenn Ford movie. Both Charles Vidor (the director) and Ford made a much better film together a couple of years later with "Gilda".

The action is supposed to take place in 1863 in the Utah Territory. I guess all the history books are wrong because evidently the railroad was already there six years before the "Golden Spike" ceremony.

Halfway through the film, the action takes a turn during a barroom brawl and suddenly we are watching a comedy. I guess since WWII was being fought at the time, this movie was designed to offer some entertainment value for the troops abroad and the folks at home.

It's watchable but entirely forgettable. Much better westerns were made by Michael Curtiz a few years earlier along the same theme. So see "Dodge City" and "Virginia City" instead. Indeed, the latter features both Randolph Scott and "Big Boy" Williams who also appear in "The Desperadoes".


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