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Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945)

Adam Larey is looking for the killer of his father when he was a boy. His only clue is a brand and he finds it when he runs into the Collinshaws. When he learns that Jim Collinshaw, now an ... See full summary »

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Adam Larey is looking for the killer of his father when he was a boy. His only clue is a brand and he finds it when he runs into the Collinshaws. When he learns that Jim Collinshaw, now an old man and an invalid is the one, he is unable to kill him and leaves. But Eliot then kills Collinshaw and blames Adam and Adam finds himself in jail charged with the murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The tell tale brand
27 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm agreeing with the previous reviewer in that I'm sure the Zane Grey novel from where this film came had a lot more depth to it than the almost 70 minute B western made from it. I'm sure a young James Stewart or John Wayne in the title role could have done a great deal more than James Warren did. Nevertheless Wander Of The Wasteland is a bit more than average for a B western.

Warren as a kid was found wandering in the desert by the migrating Raferty family and taken after his parents found dead on the desert, father shot and mother dead in their covered wagon. All young Harry McKim remembers is the brand on the horse which the rider road who shot the father.

McKim grows up to be Warren and stepbrother Tommy Cook grows up to be Chito Rafferty played by Richard Martin. Now Chito's character is always fun in films, especially after he partnered with Tim Holt, but I know he was not part of Zane Grey's novel.

When both go out searching for the brand they find it belongs to the Collinshaw family. Uncle in a wheelchair Robert Barrat, nice Audrey Long and nephew Robert Clarke together with a nasty foreman played by Harry Woods. Just the casting alone should tell you who are villains are.

The rest of the story concerns Warren his search for the truth about his parents and what he does. There are also some more contemporary problems involving the younger Collinshaws as well.

I would like to have seen this as an A budget film, but this one was all right.


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