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The Desert Trail


Just after John Scott (John Wayne) gets his rodeo prize money, the Official is robbed and murdered by Pete (Al Ferguson). Pete then says he just saw John and his friend Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler) leaving the office. The two fugitives flee to another town where they assume new names. But Pete arrives to point them out and they find themselves in jail.

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

The Desert Trail is a 1935 Western (genre) film starring John Wayne and directed by Cullin Lewis. The movie also features Eddy Chandler, Mary Kornman, and Paul Fix.


Rodeo star John Scott (John Wayne) and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler) are wrongly accused of armed robbery at the Rattlesnake Gulch rodeo (with an admission price of $1) just after John Scott gets his rodeo prize money. The Rodeo Official is robbed and murdered by Pete (Al Ferguson) and Jim (Paul Fix) a minute after Scott and Kansas Charlie leave. Pete tells authorities he just saw John and his friend Kansas Charlie leaving the office. Now fugitives, John and Charlie flee to another town where they assume new names. There they compete for the affections of a woman who runs a store, Jim's sister Anne Whitaker (Mary Kornman). Later, John and Charlie interrupt a stagecoach holdup by Pete and Jim. But after John brings the stagecoach and its passengers back to town, Pete shows up and fingers them for the crime. John and Charlie find themselves in jail. Jim, knowing they are innocent and feeling guilty for his part in the crimes, helps bust them out. John and Charlie head after Pete to try to get a confession, with a posse riding hard behind them.


  • John Wayne as John Scott, aka John Jones
  • Mary Kornman as Anne Whitaker
  • Paul Fix as Jim Whitmonlee
  • Eddy Chandler as Kansas Charlie, aka Rev. Harry Smith
  • Carmen Laroux as Juanita LaRoux (as Carmen LaRoux)
  • Lafe McKee as Poker City Sheriff Lee Brown
  • Al Ferguson as Pete, the drifter
  • Henry Hall (actor) as Farnsworth (Rodeo Promoter)

See also

  • John Wayne filmography
  • List of American films of 1935

Category:American films
Category:1935 films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Lewis D. Collins
Category:English-language films
Category:1930s Western (genre) films
Category:Monogram Pictures films
Category:American Western (genre) films

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