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The Painted Desert

Released Jan 18, 1931 1h 15m Western List
Reviews 8% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A tungsten miner (Bill Boyd) loves his father's rival's daughter (Helen Twelvetrees) and fights off her other suitor (Clark Gable). Read More Read Less
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Steve D Only notable for Gable and he hasn't figured out the acting thing yet. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Well worth the watch James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas January 31, 2023 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review kevin w Romeo and Juliet ... out West. Can a couple of kids find love when their families are at war with one another? As we ponder that question we notice a surly actor standing in the back ... is that Clark Gable?!? And is he playing the bad guy who wants the movie to be about him??? You betcha, and this movie coulda used more of him. Otherwise ... what were we talking about again? Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The Painted Desert (1931) Two wondering cowpokes, Cash Holbrook (William Farnum) and Jeff Cameron (J. Farrell MacDonald) ride up on an abandoned wagon, the victim of an indian attack. Nobody is alive except for a baby. The two quickly come to the little fellow's rescue, but it doesn't take long before they're arguing over what to name him and where they should settle down. Guns are even drawn and Cash leaves in a huff with the baby. These two become bitter rivals years later when young Bill Holbrook (William Boyd) and Jeff's daughter, Mary Ellen Cameron (Helen Twelvetrees) become adults. Cash sneaks his cattle onto Jeff's land to drink from his water and a gun battle almost ensues. This is where a wondering stranger rides onto the property, Rance Brett (Clark Gable) who offers to be an extra gun for Jeff and Mary Ellen. Meanwhile, Bill see's the ridiculousness of this feud. Bill has been trying to talk Cash into making peace with Jeff. He's spotted some ore deposits on Jeff's land and feels that together they could make a huge profit working together, while fighting each other, everyone looses. This is an old western with old stage and silent era acting styles that come off more funny to watch with today's eyes. This is one of Clark Gable's first talkies, and you know he's the heavy in this movie and frankly is the most three dimensional character in the whole film. You know Gable has a big future ahead of him and he is the reason for watching this. William Boyd, who later is known for TV's Hopalong Cassidy is your typical stiff blond hero in all this. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member If Gable wasn't in this in a supporting role it would be forgotten which is what this stiff oater deserves. Only Gable seems at all natural, he exudes star quality everybody else suggests trees. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member ok B western & early career Clark Gable b4 the moustache Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A tungsten miner (Bill Boyd) loves his father's rival's daughter (Helen Twelvetrees) and fights off her other suitor (Clark Gable).
Howard Higgin
Production Co
Pathé Exchange Inc.
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 18, 1931, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
1h 15m
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