A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold and Ward Gordon, are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson, is ... See full summary »
A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold and Ward Gordon, are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson, is behind the gang as he is out to prevent the co-op members from striking oil before their lease expires, so he can secure the property for his company. When Ward, with the help of Arnold and his daughter Sally, arranges for a new driller to be brought in, the replacement man is killed and one of Dawson's men takes his place. Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This serial, like so many others from Republic contains all of the Saturday afternoon requisites - saloon brawls, gunfights, explosions, wagons over the cliff, split second escapes etc. The stuntwork, as always, is state of the art.
The plot matter little as all of the western serials of the period had basically the same plot - hero/heroine in distress, evil (trying to take over the territory) villains, secret hideouts etc.
This serial benefits from the inclusion in the cast of Richard Powers (aka Tom Keene) as the hero and I. Stanford Jolly and the ever-present Roy Barcroft as the villains.
Like so many serials of this period, Desperadoes of the West employed the use of extensive stock footage from earlier productions. Hence you will see the hero and villains often for no reason, change costumes many times throughout the serial,in order for them to match the earlier footage.
A competent serial from the Republic thrill factory.
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