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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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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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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

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 »

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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

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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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in a saloon
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Fine Western
5 December 2002 | by (High Wycombe, England) – See all my reviews

Blimey, this movie is nearly 60 years old. As it's filmed in "glorious technicolour" it gives it a much more modern feel. The story is of some 'insider trading' at the local bank and the need to bring those responsible to justice.

There are some fine performances throughout and the mix of drama and comedy (featuring great stuff from 'Nitro' and the bartender) is spot on. The story is a good one and it is entertaining from start to finish. Definitely a superior Western.


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