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The 10 Jan 1926 FD reported that more than 200 "Paramount Players" were in Morango Valley, CA, to shoot opening scenes for Desert Gold.
       Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Popular magazine, beginning 1 Mar 1913. Two other adaptations of his novel were produced under the same title: A 1926 film produced by Zane Grey Pictures, directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring E. K. Lincoln and Margery Wilson and a 1936 Paramount production, directed by James Hogan and starring Larry "Buster" Crabbe and Monte Blue (see entries). ... More Less

The 10 Jan 1926 FD reported that more than 200 "Paramount Players" were in Morango Valley, CA, to shoot opening scenes for Desert Gold.
       Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Popular magazine, beginning 1 Mar 1913. Two other adaptations of his novel were produced under the same title: A 1926 film produced by Zane Grey Pictures, directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring E. K. Lincoln and Margery Wilson and a 1936 Paramount production, directed by James Hogan and starring Larry "Buster" Crabbe and Monte Blue (see entries). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Jan 1926
p. 10.
Film Daily
4 Apr 1926.
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MPW
10 Apr 1926.
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New York Times
23 Mar 1926
p. 24.
Variety
24 Mar 1926
p. 39.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 April 1926
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: week of 21 March 1926
Production Date:
began January 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 April 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22626
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,900
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Dick Gale, the fun-loving son of a respectable New York lawyer, is given an ultimatum by his father to either get a job or get out. He goes west, and at the border town of Casita, finds Lieutenant George Thorne, a U.S. Cavalry commander, trapped by Landree, an unscrupulous outlaw and killer, who has plundered the villa of Don Sebastián Castanada, one of the old Spanish land-holders, in an attempt to capture his daughter, Mercedes, whom Thorne loves. She has escaped disguised as a peon boy with the help of an Indian, Yaqui, whom she earlier nursed to health. After Thorne is injured as he and Dick rescue Mercedes, Dick and Mercedes, with Yaqui as their guide, flee into the desert. A sandstorm turns back the villains, their horses are lost, and the Indian guide is injured. Thorne returns to the fort unaware of their plight. They are tracked down by Landree's men; the Yaqui precipitates a landslide, which blocks their path but costs him his life. Thorne rescues the party, and, realizing the love of Dick and Mercedes, relinquishes his own claim on ... +


Dick Gale, the fun-loving son of a respectable New York lawyer, is given an ultimatum by his father to either get a job or get out. He goes west, and at the border town of Casita, finds Lieutenant George Thorne, a U.S. Cavalry commander, trapped by Landree, an unscrupulous outlaw and killer, who has plundered the villa of Don Sebastián Castanada, one of the old Spanish land-holders, in an attempt to capture his daughter, Mercedes, whom Thorne loves. She has escaped disguised as a peon boy with the help of an Indian, Yaqui, whom she earlier nursed to health. After Thorne is injured as he and Dick rescue Mercedes, Dick and Mercedes, with Yaqui as their guide, flee into the desert. A sandstorm turns back the villains, their horses are lost, and the Indian guide is injured. Thorne returns to the fort unaware of their plight. They are tracked down by Landree's men; the Yaqui precipitates a landslide, which blocks their path but costs him his life. Thorne rescues the party, and, realizing the love of Dick and Mercedes, relinquishes his own claim on her. +

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