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Marked Men (1940)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 30 September 1940 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Six Fugitives Break For Freedom! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Escape See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 45:28 in the black sedan drives up and stops in the desert in front of a large rock formation. Although the filming location is officially listed as Tempe, AZ, the particular rock formation appears to be located on McDowell Rd. between Phoenix and Scottsdale. The elevation of McDowell Rd. appears to be lower than it was at the time of the making of the film, but there are specific characteristics of the rock face that resemble closely those at this location, Lat 33.465753° Long -111.953034° on Google Earth. This film was made 76 years ago at this writing and Arizona had only been a state for 28 years. 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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