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Marked Men (1940)

Bill Carver is a young medical-school graduate wrongly confined in prison. He escapes and finds a haven and romance in an Arizona small town. But his hopes of happiness and freedom are ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)


Harold Greene (original story), George Bricker (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Warren Hull ... Bill Carver
Isabel Jewell ... Linda Harkness
John Dilson ... Doctor Harkness
Paul Bryar ... Joe Mellon
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Charlie Sloane
Al St. John ... Gimpy
Budd Buster ... Marvin (as Budd L. Buster)
Art Miles Art Miles ... Blimp
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Marty
Ted Erwin Ted Erwin ... Mike
Lyle Clement Lyle Clement ... Marshal Tait
Grey Shadow Grey Shadow ... 'Wolf' (as Gray Shadow)


Bill Carver is a young medical-school graduate wrongly confined in prison. He escapes and finds a haven and romance in an Arizona small town. But his hopes of happiness and freedom are dashed when gangster Joe Mallon and his four henchmen show up. Mallon was the one who engineered Bill into the frame-up felony that sent him to prison along with Mallon. Bill is forced to lead Mallon and his men into an escape attempt across the blistering, sun-scorched desert. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Savage Adventure and Glamorous Romance! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

30 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Escape See more »

Filming Locations:

Tempe, Arizona, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Tuesday 27 April 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Sunday 18 July 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Cincinnati Friday 29 April 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), most likely preceded by a previous airing in 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4), in Albuquerque Saturday 21 May 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Chicago Wednesday 20 July 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Los Angeles Thursday 12 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


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Decent B Movie
21 April 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When there's a prison break, the escaping cons carry Warren Hull away with them. They are recaptured, but he is not, and they blame the death of a guard on him. Hull makes his way to Tempe. Arizona where, along with screen dog Grey Shadow (in his film debut), he goes to work for John Wilson and his daughter, Isabel Jewel. Yet bad luck pursues him. The marshal recognizes him and he is about to turn himself in, when the cons, who have escaped again, turn up in Tempe and rob the bank, killing a man. Hull is assumed to be part of their gang, and flees, making his way into the desert to track them down and prove his innocence.

It's an okay little picture, mostly interesting for location shooting in the Arizona desert. It's surprising to realize through the poor prints and ludicrous credits of Jack Greenhaigh -- REEFER MADNESS and ROBOT MONSTER were two of the best remembered of the almost 200 features that he shot -- that there were tremendous reserves of technical ability in Hollywood. Although he worked in the Bs for his entire career, Greenhaigh was a respected craftsman and for many years held the record for being the youngest member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

As for the director of this movie, Sam Newfield, a lot of people thought of him as a hack. Well, yes. However, he turned out over 200 movies in 30 years behind the megaphone, and made money and careers for a lot of people. In a field of commercial art, that's worth at least as much as someone who turns out beautiful movies that the critics love and no one pays to see. This one was bright, quick, decently acted, and kept me watching, unlike many a well-regarded work of art.

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