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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the opening of the film they show a train with Utah Southern Railroad on the tender. The story takes place in 1863 and the USR did not operate until 1871. See more »

Quotes

The Sheriff: [leaving with Cheyenne as Willie sits on front porch] Good night, Uncle Willie.
Uncle Willie McLeod: Through with your courtin', boys?
The Sheriff: For tonight... yeah.
[he laughs]
Uncle Willie McLeod: [philisophically] Ah, havin' a daughter's a real trial. Man with a son can get all the sleep he needs, but with a daughter you can't close your eyes 'til everyone's gone home.
[Steve laughs]
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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 »

Connections

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

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Red River Valley
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Traditional
[Played during the foreword and 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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