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Desert Gold (1936)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 27 March 1936 (USA)
Chet Kasedon is after the Indians hidden gold mine but Chief Moya will not reveal it's location. He has also hired mining engineers Gale and Mortimer to locate the mine. When Gale sees Kasedon's cruelty to Moya, he switches sides.


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Stuart Anthony (screenplay), Robert Yost (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Chief Moya (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Tom Keene ... Randolph Gale
Monte Blue ... Chetley 'Chet' Kasedon
Marsha Hunt ... Judy Belding
Robert Cummings ... Fordyce 'Ford' Mortimer
Raymond Hatton ... Doc Belding
Frank Mayo ... Bert Lash - Henchman
Walter Miller ... Hank Ladd - Henchman
Leif Erickson ... Glenn Kasedon (as Glenn Erikson)


Chet Kasedon is after the Indians hidden gold mine but Chief Moya will not reveal it's location. He has also hired mining engineers Gale and Mortimer to locate the mine. When Gale sees Kasedon's cruelty to Moya, he switches sides.

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GREED For A Girl and Gold Proved To Be the Undoing of a Renegade!


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Release Date:

27 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Storm See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this film was re-released under its original title, when it was sold to television, the title was changed to "Desert Storm" most likely to protect the theatrical re-release which was still in progress in many territories. It was first telecast in New York City Sunday 10 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Saturday 1 May 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Sunday 6 June 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4); in San Francisco it was first broadcast Friday 29 July 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »


[after he and Randy have dodged a murderous gang of outlaws, Ford starts to ride back into town]
Randolph Gale: Come back here!
Fordyce Mortimer: What's the matter now?
Randolph Gale: We're staying until after dark.
Fordyce Mortimer: But what for?
Randolph Gale: There's something I want to attend to before I get out of these mountains.
Fordyce Mortimer: I was hoping to die of old age like normal people.
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Bob Cummings' role is pretty thankless and annoying.
17 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Randolph (Tom Keene) and Ford (Robert Cummings) are mining engineers who have been brought out West to work for Mr. Kasedon (Monte Blue). However, it turns out Kasedon is a real scum-bag and the two men see him whipping an innocent Indian (Buster Crabbe) to try to force him to tell where there is a hidden gold mine. The pair naturally quit but Kasedon is not that easy to say no to--and Kasedon is determined that their disobedience will not go unpunished. At the same time, a nice lady (Marsha Hunt) is engaged to Kasedon but doesn't realize what she's in for with this evil galoot. Can niceness triumph over evil? What do you think?!

This isn't a bad film as far as its story idea goes but it suffers from one huge problem in particular. Robert Cummings wasn't yet an established actor and here he is given a totally thankless role as the new village idiot! Now considering he's supposed to be a mining engineer, his complete lack of two working brain cells really makes no sense. Plus his character was just too broadly written and acted--making many of his time on screen a serious chore to watch. As a result, the overall film is severely impacted and lacks charm. Too bad, as a Zane Grey story deserved better--especially since it dared to show white guys fighting for the rights of the natives and so it WAS pretty good aside from this god-awful character.

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