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The Desert Trail (April 22, 1935)

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John Wayne in The Desert Trail
 

Released April 22, 1935: (running time 54 minutes) John Wayne is a rodeo champ that is falsely accused of robbery and must find the real criminals to clear his name.

Produced by Paul Malvern

Directed by Lewis D. Collins

The Actors: John Wayne (John Scott / John Jones), Eddy Chandler (Kansas Charlie / Reverend Harry Smith), Mary Kornman (Anne), Paul Fix (Jim, Anne's brother), Carmen Laroux (Juanita Rivera), Lafe McKee (Poker City Sheriff), Al Ferguson (outlaw Pete), Henry Hall (Farnsworth), Silver Tip Baker (poker player), Frank Ball (Jake the banker), Frank Brownlee (Sheriff of Rattlesnake Gulch), Tommy Coats (Deputy Tommy), Dick Dickinson (observer at the poker game), Frank Ellis (poker player), Jack Evans (townsman), Olin Francis (poker player), Herman Hack (posse rider), Ray Henderson (townsman), Theodore Lorch (the stage passenger that was robbed), Lew Meehan (posse rider), Artie Ortego (Deputy), Tex Palmer (Deputy), Fred Parker (doctor), Archie Ricks (stage driver), Wally West (poker player)

 

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Mr. Smith & Mr. Jones

It is always fun to learn about the amazing details of the first generations of motion picture actors, but there is one record that will never be known. Part of the problem is that no records were kept for the bit part extras in the early days of cinema. An actor could earn some quick cash by appearing in a crowd scene, or sitting at a table in a cowboy bar scene. One of the actors that might hold the title to the most appearances in an early motion picture was Eddy Chandler.

He is officially credited with almost 350 movie appearances, but he could have appeared in more than twice that many, because he often earned a few dollars by appearing in a scene where the only requirement was a body and usually a face, to fill out a scene. You probably will not recognize his face, but his face was seen in Gone With The Wind and many more notable movies.

This early cowboy western may be his only leading role, co-starring with a very young John Wayne. Eddy Chandler is a professional poker player named Kansas Charlie, who roams the west with rodeo rider John Scott, played by John Wayne. Together they wander from town to town trying to earn some cash and have fun with the ladies. Unfortunately, in Rattlesnake Gulch, they encounter problems when they are mistaken for a killer, and they leave town with the Sheriff chasing after them.

In the next town, they meet a lady to feud over, but their past will catch up to them because the outlaws form Rattlesnake Gulch are also in town. Once again two outlaws will rob the stage and rob the bank and pin the crimes on our two hapless cowboys who only want to have some fun with store owner Anne. Once again, the Sheriff and his men are in a shoot-out with our pair of wanderers, and this time they may not get away. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Al Ferguson and Carmen Laroux
Al Ferguson and Carmen Laroux
Al Ferguson and Lafe McKee
Al Ferguson and Lafe McKee
Al Ferguson
Al Ferguson
Carmen Laroux
Carmen Laroux
Eddy Chandler
Eddy Chandler
Eddy Chandler
Eddy Chandler
Eddy Chandler
Eddy Chandler
Frank Brownlee and Eddy Chandler
Frank Brownlee and Eddy Chandler
Frank Brownlee
Frank Brownlee
John Wayne and Carmen Laroux
John Wayne and Carmen Laroux
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne, Mary Kornman and Eddy Chandler
John Wayne, Mary Kornman and Eddy Chandler
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne and Carmen Laroux
John Wayne and Carmen Laroux
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne and Mary Kornman
John Wayne
John Wayne
Paul Fix
Paul Fix
Lafe McKee and John Wayne
Lafe McKee and John Wayne
Mary Kornman
Mary Kornman
Mary Kornman
Mary Kornman
Paul Fix and Al Ferguson
Paul Fix and Al Ferguson