27 user 11 critic

The Desperadoes (1943)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 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)

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video



Learn more

More Like This 

Texas (1941)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: William Holden, Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the end of the Civil War, two friends return home to Colorado and one of them has changed and is violent and erratic.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Glenn Ford, William Holden, Ellen Drew
War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Joan Weldon
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley
The Sheepman (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A brash stranger and his sheep arrive in a small town, but not soon after, the townspeople decide they've seen enough of him.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen
Abilene Town (1946)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A sheriff tries to stop homesteader conflicts in the West after the Civil War.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan
Western Union (1941)
Certificate: Passed History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger
Jesse James (1939)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings
Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly
Santa Fe (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After their service in the Civil War, four brothers go their separate ways, but later find themselves on opposite sides of a final showdown.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland


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}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Red-Blooded Action See more »


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

25 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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


The Hank character compares the coming shootout with the outlaws with Custer's Last Stand. The story takes place in 1863. The Little Big Horn would not occur until 1876. See more »


Nitro Rankin: You ought to knock before coming in here, Countess. Suppose I was taking a bath or something?
The Countess: If I ever hear of you taking a bath, I'll start knocking.
See more »

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 »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Funny and Entertaining Western
6 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The bank of Red Valley, a small town in Utah, is robbed by a gang and three residents are murdered during the heist. However the corrupt banker Stanley Clanton (Porter Hall) has plotted the heist with the owner of the local stable, Uncle Willie McLeod (Edgar Buchanan), and the rancher Jack Lester (Bernard Nedell) and his gang. Sheriff Steve Upton (Randolph Scott) is out of town investigating the holdup and is surprised by the wanted outlaw Cheyenne Rogers (Glenn Ford). The gunman that was hired by Stanley but arrived late for the heist, steals his horse and heads to Red Valley. In the stable, the daughter of Uncle Willie, Allison McLeod (Evelyn Keyes), recognizes the horse and rescues the sheriff from the wilderness. Meanwhile Cheyenne meets Countess Maletta (Claire Trevor) and his friend Nitro Rankin (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams). The Countess is the owner of the local saloon and suffers from unrequited love for him, and feels guilty for the crime life of Cheyenne that committed his first murder to protect her ranch. When Steve returns to Red Valley and sees Cheyenne, he feels happy to see his old friend and Allison falls in love with Cheyenne. But Sheriff Steve is getting close to Jack Lester and now Stanley Clanton masterminds a plan to incriminate Cheyenne for robbing the bank. Will he succeed?

"The Desperadoes" is a funny and entertaining western directed by Charles Vidor and with a great cast highlighting the names of Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor and a young Glenn Ford. The story combines western, comedy and action in right doses and there are amazing scenes like for example the stampede. There is also a great message of friendship. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Império da Desordem" ("Empire of Mayhem")

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed