Desert Nights

Desert Nights

John Gilbert
Director: William Nigh Cast: John Gilbert
John Gilbert
, Ernest Torrence
Ernest Torrence
, Mary Nolan
Mary Nolan
William Nigh

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Desert Nights was the last silent film made by MGM's resident heartthrob John Gilbert -- and the last of his truly successful efforts. The melodramatic plot revolves around the robbery of a diamond mine, masterminded by Steve (Ernest Torrence). The criminals have taken Rand (Gilbert), the mine's manager, hostage, spiriting him off to the desert waste. Hopelessly lost, Steve turns to Rand, who knows the territory like the back of his hand, to lead the crooks back to civilization. Rand refuses but relents for the sake of Steve's partner-in-crime Diana (Mary Nolan). A spectacular climactic sandstorm effectively eliminates the villain and facilitates a happy ending for Rand and Diana. Likewise spectacular was the precipitous fall from popularity of John Gilbert after it was revealed that his voice, though pleasant enough, did not match his dashing screen image -- but this revelation was still several months in the future when Desert Nights was released.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2009
UPC: 0883316197103
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:02:00
Sales rank: 56,924

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Gilbert Rand
Ernest Torrence Steve
Mary Nolan Diana

Technical Credits
William Nigh Director
Endre Bohem Screenwriter
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Willis Goldbeck Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer

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