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The Desperado (1954)

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80 min | Action, Drama, Romance

From 1870 to 1873, Texas suffered under the carpetbag administration of reconstructionist Governor E. J. Davis (the name and the stated conditions was about the last of anything authentic in this film) and his despotic state police ...See moreFrom 1870 to 1873, Texas suffered under the carpetbag administration of reconstructionist Governor E. J. Davis (the name and the stated conditions was about the last of anything authentic in this film) and his despotic state police commanded in John's City by Captain Jake Thornton. Two young men, Tall Cameron and Ray Novack flee to the Big Bend area to escape persecution. Ray pretends to be Tall's friend but actually hates him because he is madly jealous that Laura Bannerman is to become Tall's wife. They join forces with Sam Garrett, a killer with a price on his head. Ray tries to kill Garret to collect the reward, but Tall saves Garrett's life and Ray flees back to John's City, where he is taken prisoner. Ray kills Thornton and another trooper but Tall is blamed for the crimes. Garrett can clear him, but will he? Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Writers
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) | Clifton Adams (based on novel by)
Cinematographer
Joe Novak (as Joseph M. Novak)
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Updated Jun 20, 1954

Release date
Jun 20, 1954 (United States)

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39 cast members
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Wayne Morris
Sam Garrett Sam Garrett   See fewer
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Jimmy Lydon
Tom Cameron (as James Lydon) Tom Cameron (as James Lydon)   See fewer
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Beverly Garland
Laurie Bannerman Laurie Bannerman   See fewer
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Rayford Barnes
Ray Novak Ray Novak   See fewer
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Dabbs Greer
U.S. Marshal Jim Langley U.S. Marshal Jim Langley   See fewer
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Lee Van Cleef
Paul Clayton / Buck Clayton Paul Clayton / Buck Clayton   See fewer
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Nestor Paiva
Captain Jake Thornton Captain Jake Thornton   See fewer
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Roy Barcroft
Martin Novack Martin Novack   See fewer
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John Dierkes
Police Sergeant Police Sergeant   See fewer
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Richard Shackleton
Pat Garner Pat Garner   See fewer
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I. Stanford Jolley
Mr. Garner (as Stanford Jolley) Mr. Garner (as Stanford Jolley)   See fewer
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Richard Garland
Trooper (as Charles Garland) Trooper (as Charles Garland)   See fewer
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Florence Lake
Mrs. Cameron Mrs. Cameron   See fewer
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Jimmie Booth
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Bucko
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy Bucko
Deputy (uncredited) Deputy (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Eldredge
Mr. Bannerman (uncredited) Mr. Bannerman (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Eldredge
Mr. Cameron (uncredited) Mr. Cameron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Franklyn Farnum
Courtroom Deputy (uncredited) Courtroom Deputy (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Fawcett
1st Bartender (uncredited) 1st Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leonard P. Geer
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Gilbert
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herman Hack
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Hayden
School Master / Auctioneer (uncredited) School Master / Auctioneer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reed Howes
2nd Bartender (uncredited) 2nd Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wes Hudman
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Jones
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy McCoy
School Kid (uncredited) School Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mathew McCue
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack O'Shea
Jury Foreman (uncredited) Jury Foreman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earl Parker
Trail Herder (uncredited) Trail Herder (uncredited)   See fewer
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William 'Bill' Phillips
Trail Boss (uncredited) Trail Boss (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Price
Witness (uncredited) Witness (uncredited)   See fewer
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Suzanne Ridgway
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Roosevelt
Buck's Friend (uncredited) Buck's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Shayne
Prosecutor (uncredited) Prosecutor (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Sowards
Stage Driver (uncredited) Stage Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lyle Talbot
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Vernon
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 52 votes