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Toll of the Desert (1935)

When his family is killed by Indians, a bitter cowboy turns into a ruthless hired gunman. Unbeknownst to him, his son had survived the attack, and is now a lawman. The son, not knowing that... See full summary »

Director:

William Berke (as Lester Williams)

Writers:

Allen Hall (original story), Miller Easton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Bill Collins - aka Bill Carson
Betty Mack Betty Mack ... Jean Streeter
Roger Williams ... Tom Collins
Earl Dwire ... Joe Carson
Tom London ... Sheriff Jackson
Ted Adams ... Teague
George Chesebro ... Carter - Henchman
John Elliott ... Judge
Ed Cassidy ... Streeter (as Edward Cassidy)
Billy Steuer Billy Steuer ... Bill - as a Boy
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When his family is killed by Indians, a bitter cowboy turns into a ruthless hired gunman. Unbeknownst to him, his son had survived the attack, and is now a lawman. The son, not knowing that the killer is his father, is assigned to bring him to justice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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IRON FISTS vs. SIX-GUN LEAD See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stagecoach to Pecos See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its first documented telecasts in New York City Thursday 1 July 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) , in Syracuse Sunday 26 June 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Detroit Tuesday 30 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Salt Lake City Saturday 8 October 1949 on KSL (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Sunday 4 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Sunday 19 February 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Unknown and surprisingly good cast and director in good story
17 April 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Looking somewhat like Andy Griffith, young Fred Kohler, Jr., is a good- looking, amiable, and capable hero in this well-directed but familiar story.

The print I watched, at YouTube, was not very clear and was choppy and dark, but the movie generally held my attention and interest, in part because some of the leading players were not known to me, Kohler and the lovely Betty Mack, for example, though Tom London, Earl Dwire, and George Cheesbro certainly were.

The story was that of a boy and father separated by tragic events and going different paths, law-enforcer and law-breaker.

Though sometimes the acting was barely adequate, the camera angles and positions were usually superior. The scenery was used properly, and the action and fight scenes were always exciting, even though the lack of a Yakima Canutt directing them was apparent, even obvious.

Fred Kohler, Jr., often got his shirt ripped open and he was in good-enough shape to make that seem on purpose.

For reasons I don't know, his starring roles didn't continue, but he kept acting until the late 1970s.

Betty Mack was, according to statistics here at IMDb, 10 years older than he, but she didn't look it. She was lovely, very watchable, and good enough as an actress to make us want to see more of her.

Her acting career, though, ended in 1941, again for reasons I don't know.

So many of the other players here continued in movies a long time, without achieving real stardom, but at least making a living.

In this movie, they all worked together well, and brought to the screen an exciting and poignant adventure that I recommend. I hope, though, you can find a better print than the one I saw at YouTube.


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