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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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THE MOST SEARING ADVENTURE DRAMA THAT EVER BLAZED OUT OF THE WEST! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 25, 1943 - all caps) See more »


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


The story is set in 1863, but Allison's (Evelyn Keyes') hairstyle is strictly very 1943. See more »


Jack Lester: Cheyenne, you ain't serious, are you? Killin' me don't make sense.
Nitro Rankin: [sarcasticly] It never does to the fella that's getting killed.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits of the leading characters are shown as pages with photographs in a metal clasped book with the title THE DESPERADOES. See more »


Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »


Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Played as dance music at the party
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Fast Paced, Action Packed & Humorous
25 March 2020 | by Johnny_WestSee all my reviews

Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor and Evelyn Keyes star in this outstanding western, along with Glenn Ford, as an outlaw on the run, and Edgar Buchanan as a shady town patriarch. There are also good supporting performances from Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Raymond Walburn and Irving Bacon.

The action is non-stop, and while there is a fair share of shooting and killing, the pace is light and there is a fair amount of humor. Unlike some westerns that try to be comedies, the humor here helps the pace along, and it is never just a comedy. I like how they keep things going towards murder and mayhem but throw in just enough humor so the movie does not get too heavy.

Randolph Scott is his usual great self as a decent guy who is also a cowboy and the town sheriff. He is great in trying to figure out who is helping the outlaws, and it turns out to be some of the most respected members of the town. Scott keeps it cool, and always seems to trust the bad guys, so they never suspect he knows until it is too late.

In the mix is Glenn Ford, who is getting a big build-up here with the support of Scott. He is a fugitive outlaw, a friend of Scott, but also part of the gang of criminals. Whose side will he be on at the end? Ford, Buchanan, and Scott keep everybody guessing and the action tells the story at the end.

This is a very good movie. The good guys are good, the bad guys are really mean and evil killers, and there are several major players that are in the middle. That makes the story a lot more interesting, to figure out what is going to happen at the final showdown.

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Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA) See more »

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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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