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Desperadoes of the West (1950)

Approved | | Western | 2 August 1950 (USA)
A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold and Ward Gordon, are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson, is ... See full summary »


Fred C. Brannon


Ronald Davidson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Keene ... Ward Gordon (as Richard Powers)
Judy Clark ... Sally Arnold
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Hacker
I. Stanford Jolley ... J.B. 'Dude' Dawson
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Rusty Steele
Lee Roberts ... Henchman Larson
Cliff Clark ... Colonel Arnold
Edmund Cobb ... Bowers [Ch. 1, 10]
Hank Patterson ... Hardrock Haggerty [Ch. 4, 5]
Dale Van Sickel ... Henchman Reed [Chs. 1-3, 5, 7]
Tom Steele ... Henchman Gregg [Chs. 5, 9]
Sandy Sanders ... Kern [Ch. 3]
John Cason ... Casey [Chs. 1, 8, 11, 12]
Guy Teague ... Jack [Ch. 6]
Bud Osborne ... Joe [Chs. 1, 12]


A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold and Ward Gordon, are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson, is behind the gang as he is out to prevent the co-op members from striking oil before their lease expires, so he can secure the property for his company. When Ward, with the help of Arnold and his daughter Sally, arranges for a new driller to be brought in, the replacement man is killed and one of Dawson's men takes his place. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Six-Guns Roar...and the west blazes with action as fearless ranchers hurl a challenge that rocks the frontier! (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

2 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandit King of Oklahoma See more »


Box Office


$150,246 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chapter Titles: 1. Tower of Jeopardy 2. Perilous Barrier 3. Flaming Cargo 4. Trail of Terror 5. Plunder Cave 6. Six-Gun Hijacker 7. The Powder Keg 8. Desperate Venture 9. Stagecoach to Eternity 10.Hidden Desperado 11.Open Warfare 12.Desperate Gamble See more »


Chapter 9: Long shot of the stagecoach driver using a whip, close up no whip. See more »

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OK late-Republic western serial, noteworthy for star Tom Keene
19 September 2006 | by django-1See all my reviews

The other review of this 1950 Republic western serial described it as "competent", and I second that. It's solid, features fistfights and gunfights and bar brawls and wagon/horse chases galore, and works well as bread-and-butter western entertainment--kind of like the later Rocky Lane films. The plot involves a collective of rural folk who have some oil leases, which are being sabotaged by evil Easterner I. Stanford Jolley (in an outlandish stovepipe hat, as oily as ever!). The head man for the locals is the great 30s western star Tom Keene, now billed as "Richard Powers" as he was during his 40s/50s supporting actor period. It's great to see the star of OUR DAILY BREAD as the star of a film once again, and he brings a kind of depth and gravitas to the role that the usual late-Republic bland leading men, chosen to match the Republic stunt men, usually lack. The mature Mr. Keene is obviously doubled in the fights A LOT, but that's OK--he's an impressive hero anyway. Roy Barcroft is along for the ride as Jolley's henchman, and such western stalwarts of Dennis Moore (as a workman drinking on the job!) and George Chesebro (as a wagon driver, if I remember correctly) are in small roles and not even billed. As I observed in my review of GOVERNMENT AGENTS VERSUS PHANTOM LEGION, a Republic serial from 1951, there was a kind of generic quality to some of the Republic product in this period (except for those that still had a weirdness quotient, such as JUNGLE DRUMS OF Africa or Canadian MOUNTIES VS ATOMIC INVADERS), but star Keene, the fine supporting cast, and an oilfield setting, make this serial a LITTLE bit different. Fans of "b" westerns or post-World War II Republic serials should find this entertaining and worthwhile, but it may drag a bit for the general audience.

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