The Desperadoes

The Desperadoes

Charles Vidor (1943)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


When the bank in a small Utah town is robbed, a reformed outlaw travelling through the area is the prime suspect, and ends up behind bars. However, the local sheriff is convinced the former bandit really has changed his ways, so breaks him out of prison to help track down the real culprits. Western, starring Glenn Ford, Randolph Scott and Evelyn Keyes.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd