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Painted Desert (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 12 August 1938 (USA)
Fawcett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back.

Director:

David Howard

Writers:

John Rathmell (screen play), Oliver Drake (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Bob McVey
Laraine Day ... Miss Carol Banning (as Laraine Johnson)
Ray Whitley ... Steve
Stanley Fields ... Bill
Maude Allen Maude Allen ... Yukon Kate
Fred Kohler ... Hugh Fawcett (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Charles M. Banning
Harry Cording ... Henchman Burke
Max Wagner ... Henchman Kincaid
Lee Shumway ... Bart Currie
William V. Mong ... Banker Heist
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Fawcett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back.

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Taglines:

Desperate Men at Death Grips For Spoils that Mean Wealth to the Victors!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando de guerra See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Includes a considerable amount of archive footage lifted out of, and not replaced back into, The Painted Desert (1931). See more »

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Soundtracks

My Days Are Through on the Range
(1938) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ray Whitley
Written for the movie but not sung
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He's got the grazing rights, she's got the mineral rights
13 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This George O'Brien western for RKO has O'Brien as a cattleman and Laraine Day as a miner's daughter who are both on the same government land where he's got grazing rights and she's got mineral rights through her father. Perennial western villain Fred Kohler is out to do both of them out of their rights and in fact has Day's father killed as part of his scheme.

O'Brien and Day don't hit it off at first but realize they have a commonality of rational self interest in fighting Kohler. In fact O'Brien saves her in ways she doesn't know about until the end of the film. It's nothing but love.

Painted Desert will satisfy most western fans though it surely sets no new ground.


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