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The Desperadoes (1943)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 25 May 1943 (USA)
A wanted outlaw arrives in town to rob a bank that has already been held up! His past and his friendship with the sheriff land them both in trouble.


Charles Vidor


Robert Carson (screenplay), Max Brand (original story)




Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Sheriff Steve Upton
Claire Trevor ... The Countess
Glenn Ford ... Cheyenne Rogers
Evelyn Keyes ... Allison McLeod
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Willie McLeod
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Nitro Rankin (as Guinn {Big Boy} Williams)
Raymond Walburn ... Judge Cameron
Porter Hall ... Banker Clanton
Bernard Nedell ... Jack Lester
Joan Woodbury ... Sundown


Popular mailcoach driver Uncle Willie is in fact in league with the town's crooked banker. They plan to have the bank robbed after emptying it, and when Willie's choice for this doesn't show in time, he gets some local boys to do it. When his man does turn up he decides to stick around, as he is pals with the sheriff and also takes a shine to Willie's daughter Allison. This gives the bad men several new problems. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A thrilling...exciting story of hunted men and tainted women - In Gorgeous Technicolor! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 11, 1944) See more »


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Did You Know?


This was Columbia's first Technicolor feature. See more »


The story takes place in 1863, during The Civil War. Just before the horse stampede through town a character says, "...they'll think they're riding into Custer's Last Stand." Custer's Last Stand happened in 1876. See more »


Uncle Willie McLeod: Three men murdered in cold blood! What's the sense to it?
Jack Lester: We was robbin' a bank!
Uncle Willie McLeod: I'm a lot older than you, Jack. In my time, I've seen a lot of men with itchy trigger fingers like you - and they're all in Boot Hill with dirt in their face. Somebody cured them of that itch.
Jack Lester: Would you like a couple of holes in that big fat belly of yours?
Uncle Willie McLeod: [leaving] You're holdin' up the U.S. mail, and that's a federal offense.
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits: 1863 - the newest frontier was Utah - Utah's gold was its wild horses, which the Union Army was seeking to buy. Men rushed to this new frontier - some to break these horses - others to break the law. See more »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in a saloon
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Fine Western
5 December 2002 | by derekparrySee all my reviews

Blimey, this movie is nearly 60 years old. As it's filmed in "glorious technicolour" it gives it a much more modern feel. The story is of some 'insider trading' at the local bank and the need to bring those responsible to justice.

There are some fine performances throughout and the mix of drama and comedy (featuring great stuff from 'Nitro' and the bartender) is spot on. The story is a good one and it is entertaining from start to finish. Definitely a superior Western.

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Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperados See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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