The Desert Trail (1935)

54 mins | Western | 22 April 1935

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HISTORY

Although a copyright statement appears on the film, the title is not listed among copyright records. MPH's "In the Cutting Room" column includes Anita Campillo in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR production chart, this film was shot on location at the Trem Carr Ranch in Southern California. Modern sources add the following to the cast: Frank Ball (Banker Jake), Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer (Deputies), Lew Meehan (Posse rider), Frank Brownlee (Rattlesnake Gulch sheriff), Wally West, Frank Ellis, Silver Tip Baker (Poker players), Dick Dickinson (Observer), Theodore Lorch (Robbed stage passenger), Fred Parker (Doctor), Jack Evans, Tommy Coats and Ray Henderson. ...

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Although a copyright statement appears on the film, the title is not listed among copyright records. MPH's "In the Cutting Room" column includes Anita Campillo in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a HR production chart, this film was shot on location at the Trem Carr Ranch in Southern California. Modern sources add the following to the cast: Frank Ball (Banker Jake), Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer (Deputies), Lew Meehan (Posse rider), Frank Brownlee (Rattlesnake Gulch sheriff), Wally West, Frank Ellis, Silver Tip Baker (Poker players), Dick Dickinson (Observer), Theodore Lorch (Robbed stage passenger), Fred Parker (Doctor), Jack Evans, Tommy Coats and Ray Henderson.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
HISTORY CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Feb 1935
p. 3
Film Daily
20 Aug 1935
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
2 Feb 1935
p. 7
Motion Picture Daily
20 Aug 1935
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
23 Feb 1935
p. 63
Variety
21 Aug 1935
p. 31
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 April 1935
Production Date:
began 1 Feb 1935 at Trem Carr Ranch
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Rodeo star John Scott, and his sidekick, a gambler named Kansas Charlie, arrive in Rattlesnake Gulch to discover that the rodeo company will only pay them a fraction of the prize money due John. At gunpoint, they take the money owed them, but, after they leave, two outlaws, Pete and Jim, hold up the office and murder the clerk. While John visits the beautiful, but greedy Juanita, Kansas is arrested for the murder. He escapes and goes to Juanita's, where Pete holds up John and Kansas for their bank roll. John adopts the alias of John Jones and Kansas poses as the Rev. Harry Smith. John and Kansas trail Pete to Poker City where Jim lives with his sister, Anne. Jim wants to go straight, but Pete blackmails him into robbing the stagecoach. John and Kansas are accused of the robbery, but Jim helps them escape from jail. When Jim refuses to help Pete rob a bank, Pete shoots him. John and Kansas chase Pete on horseback, followed by Anne, who has witnessed Jim's deathbed confession. Pete is arrested, but when Kansas pretends to marry John and Anne, they opt for a legal ...

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Rodeo star John Scott, and his sidekick, a gambler named Kansas Charlie, arrive in Rattlesnake Gulch to discover that the rodeo company will only pay them a fraction of the prize money due John. At gunpoint, they take the money owed them, but, after they leave, two outlaws, Pete and Jim, hold up the office and murder the clerk. While John visits the beautiful, but greedy Juanita, Kansas is arrested for the murder. He escapes and goes to Juanita's, where Pete holds up John and Kansas for their bank roll. John adopts the alias of John Jones and Kansas poses as the Rev. Harry Smith. John and Kansas trail Pete to Poker City where Jim lives with his sister, Anne. Jim wants to go straight, but Pete blackmails him into robbing the stagecoach. John and Kansas are accused of the robbery, but Jim helps them escape from jail. When Jim refuses to help Pete rob a bank, Pete shoots him. John and Kansas chase Pete on horseback, followed by Anne, who has witnessed Jim's deathbed confession. Pete is arrested, but when Kansas pretends to marry John and Anne, they opt for a legal ceremony.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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