The Desert Trail

The Desert Trail

Director: Robert North Bradbury, Cullin Lewis Cast: John Wayne, Mary Kornman

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Overview

John Wayne's easy-going charm truly began to manifest itself in this, one of his later "Lone Star" Westerns for Monogram. Falsely accused of killing the paymaster (Henry Hall) of the Rattlesnake Gulch rodeo, John Scott (Wayne) and his girl-chasing partner Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler) trail the real killer, Pete (Al Ferguson), and his unwilling underling Jim (Paul Fix) to Poker City. Jim wants to go straight, but Pete blackmails him into robbing the stagecoach. John and Kansas, who are known in town as Jones and the Reverend Smith, are once again accused of the crime, but Jim helps them escape from jail. When the young bandit refuses to commit bank robbery, Pete shoots him in cold blood. The villain is caught by John and Kansas, whom Jim has cleared of all crimes on his deathbed. Besides one of Wayne's better early performances, The Desert Trail -- whose title bears no close scrutiny -- also benefitted from the presence of Frank Capra-regular Eddy Chandler, a rotund comic actor whose sparring here with Wayne is first-rate all the way. Paul Fix is equally good as the outlaw with a conscience and Mary Kornman, of Our Gang fame, is tolerable as the obligatory heroine. The Desert Trail was directed with easy assurance by the veteran Lewis D. Collins, who for some reason billed himself "Cullin Lewis."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290630124
Original Release: 1935
Source: Film Detective
Time: 0:54:00
Sales rank: 79,219

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne John Scott
Mary Kornman Anne
Paul Fix Jim
Eddy Chandler Kansas Charlie
Carmen La Roux Juanita
Lafe [Lafayette] McKee Sheriff Barker
Al Ferguson Pete
Henry Hall Banker
Frank Ball Actor
Frank Brownlee Actor
Dick Dickinson Actor
Frank Ellis Actor
Lew Meehan Actor
Art Ortego Actor
Wally West Actor

Technical Credits
Robert North Bradbury Director
Cullin Lewis Director
Paul Malvern Producer
Lindsley Parsons Screenwriter
Carl Pierson Editor
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer

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