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The Desert Trail (1935)

Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City.

Director:

Lewis D. Collins (as Cullen Lewis)

Writers:

Lindsley Parsons (story), Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Scott posing as John Jones
Mary Kornman ... Anne
Paul Fix ... Jim
Eddy Chandler ... Kansas Charlie posing as Rev. Harry Smith
Carmen Laroux Carmen Laroux ... Juanita (as Carmen LaRoux)
Lafe McKee ... Poker City Sheriff
Al Ferguson ... Pete
Henry Hall ... Farnsworth (Rodeo Promoter)
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Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When dressing to see Juanita, Scott changes hats. However the hat is on a hook on the wall when he arrives, but when he leaves he picks it up from the dresser near the door. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff of Rattlesnake Gulch: Maybe we can try him this afternoon and hang him right away and save the county the expense of feeding him.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Lap
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Music by Carl Albert Egener
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Bickering Buds
30 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John Wayne and Eddy Chandler play a strange combination of friends in The Desert Trail. Wayne's a fast living rodeo cowboy and Chandler is gambler/conman. They fight a whole lot about everything, cards, liquor, women. There kind of a western version of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien.

When Wayne decides he's not going to get stiffed out of rodeo prize money he won, they take matters into their own hands, taking precisely what's owed Wayne. Of course when two real robbers, Al Ferguson and Paul Fix decide to clean out the rest of the rodeo cash and kill the promoter, our heroes get blamed for it and have to spend nearly the rest of the film on the run.

Of course this is a Lone Star cheapie that the Duke stars in here with production values severely limited. This one however had the potential to be something better. At a better studio with a tighter script and their production values, this could have been a Duke classic.

As it is it's one of his better B pictures from Monogram.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho do Deserto See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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