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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.

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 {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in a saloon
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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")


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