The Desperadoes

  • U
  • Charles Vidor (1943)
  • US
  • 86 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Historically important as Columbia's first feature in Technicolor, this large-scale western has the dubious benefits of some rather garish art direction (plus the clothes look too clean!) and some strangely lit night sequences that don't enhance the viewer's pleasure. The on-location Utah exteriors justify the use of colour, while the star teaming of Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford makes this routinely plotted tale very watchable, though neither had fully developed a screen persona: Randy isn't quite taciturn enough and Ford is still very much the juvenile in a role that calls for more maturity. Claire Trevor (Stagecoach) and Evelyn Keyes (The Jolson Story) make a fine pair of western women, and especially notable is the well-cast (he seldom was) Edgar Buchanan as the brains behind the outlaw gang. It's a pleasant way to pass the time, but little else.

Plot Summary

Western starring Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford. Utah, 1863: when outlaw Cheyenne Rogers rides into town the same day that a bank raid takes place, the finger of suspicion immediately points to him. Encouraged by the town's sheriff, and his love for the daughter of a local stable-owner, Cheyenne vows to give up his life of crime. But with the townspeople roused into action by a series of robberies, he seems unable to escape his troubled past.

Cast and crew


Sheriff Steve Upton
Randolph Scott
Cheyenne Rogers
Glenn Ford
The Countess
Claire Trevor
Allison McLeod
Evelyn Keyes
Uncle Willie McLeod
Edgar Buchanan
Nitro Rankin
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
Judge Cameron
Raymond Walburn
Banker Stanton
Porter Hall


Charles Vidor

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd