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The Desert Trail (1935)

Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City.

Director:

Lewis D. Collins (as Cullen Lewis)

Writers:

Lindsley Parsons (story), Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Scott posing as John Jones
Mary Kornman ... Anne
Paul Fix ... Jim
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Kansas Charlie posing as Rev. Harry Smith
Carmen Laroux Carmen Laroux ... Juanita (as Carmen LaRoux)
Lafe McKee ... Poker City Sheriff
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Pete
Henry Hall ... Farnsworth (Rodeo Promoter)
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Storyline

Rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho do Deserto See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Scott stops the stage, he agrees to drive it into town. He jumps on the driver's seat and heads off, leaving his own horse behind. However, as the stage arrives in town, his horse can be seen tied on behind the stage. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff of Rattlesnake Gulch: Maybe we can try him this afternoon and hang him right away and save the county the expense of feeding him.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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The Last Lap
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Music by Carl Albert Egener
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Love the View from this Angle, Miss Anne
3 June 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The opening scene in the stagecoach is hilarious. Wayne shows a real comedic talent here and throughout this tongue-in-cheek 60 minutes that he seldom showed as a super-star. The dialogue surrounding Wayne's and Kansas's competition over the girls is delightfully funny. So is the scene with Anne having to stretch out for Wayne's ogling benefit. Credit should go to writer Lindsley Parsons and director Lewis Collins who keeps Wayne loose and in the mood. And where did the guy playing Kansa come from. He looks more like a banker than a side-kick. But he sure knows his way around a laugh line. Pairing him with Wayne is almost inspired.

I guess an entry like this is largely a matter of taste. It departs from the matinée formula by emphasizing a rather adult level of humor. Probably, most kids didn't much like it. The plot is pretty good, more coherent than most, with the usual hard-riding, big-shooting action. One thing for sure-- Lone Star didn't pop for locations on this one. I can almost see the LA outskirts in the distance. Anyway, this one gave me a lot more chuckles than I ever expected, and I may be wrong, but I don't think Wayne ever again reached quite this level of relaxed comedic acting.


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