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The Desperadoes (1943)

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.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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NEVER BEFORE SUCH THRILLS! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperados See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles King is listed as a cast member in a modern source, but he was not seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

Uncle Willie refers to Clanton as a 'Santa Claus' when he partially reimburses the depositor's stolen money. The modern conception of Santa Claus, which eclipsed earlier incarnations and names, began with Thomas Nast's first cartoons in 1864, one year before the story takes place in 1863. See more »

Quotes

Judge Cameron: ...Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Well, gents, there's twelve of you, and it takes twelve to make a jury. Now we got two men here to hang. But we are going to do it by the law. Hank, you be foreman.
Hank: Huh? Oh, all right, judge.
Judge Cameron: Lift your right hand. Do you solemnly swar to put the law on them bank robbers, so help ya?
Hank: I do.
Judge Cameron: That's the stuff, Hank! Now wait a minute, we got to have a little evidence... but very little!
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Red River Valley
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[Played during the foreword and as dance music at the party]
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What a Fellow Does For a Friend
31 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford were once outlaw pals together, but now Scott's a sheriff and young Ford is still hiring his gun out. He gets hired to pull a bank job, but is delayed getting to town and those that hired him get someone else. That leads to all kinds of complications, a lot for a film that's not even 90 minutes long.

Randy and Glenn both got girls here. Claire Trevor plays her usual good time gal with a heart of gold. And Evelyn Keyes is the daughter of Edgar Buchanan who falls for Ford big time without realizing who he is or why he came to the town that Scott is the sheriff in.

It's B western, but unusual for the time and for Columbia Pictures it was given the full technicolor treatment. The Desperadoes marked Glenn Ford's first film in technicolor, a process reserved only for some of the more expensive films from bigger studios. Harry Cohn was certainly not one to shell out for it. And definitely not during war time.

The plot gets a bit convoluted as both Ford and Scott are put to the test of friendship versus expediency/duty. The plot also involves some high class hypocritical skunks in Randy's town who are the real outlaws as far as the film is concerned.

The four leads do a fine job and the best supporting performance is Guinn Williams as Ford's lovable explosive lunkhead of a sidekick. The climax involves a cattle stampede and a shootout in the town saloon and is one of the best ever done in a western film.

Fans of the four leads and westerns in general will enjoy this one.


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