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Toll of the Desert (May 5, 1935)

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Toll of the Desert
 

Released on May 5, 1935: A father and his young son are separated during an Indian raid, and while the father becomes an outlaw, the son grows up to be a Deputy Sheriff.

Directed by William Berke

The Actors: Fred Kohler Jr. (Bill Collins, aka Bill Carson), Betty Mack (Jean Streeter), Roger Williams (Tom Collins), Earl Dwire (Joe Carson), Tom London (Sheriff Jackson), Ted Adams (Teague), George Chesebro (henchman Carter), John Elliott (the Judge), Ed Cassidy (Streeter), Barney Beasley (henchman Perez), Budd Buster (bartender), Ace Cain (the lookout), Steve Clark (Drover), Iron Eyes Cody (Marauding Indian), Ruth Findlay (Ruth), Oscar Gahan (fiddle player), Herman Hack (henchman), George Hazel (henchman Mike), Jack Hendricks (deputy), William McCall (stage driver), Milburn Morante (Hank), Tex Palmer (henchman Tex), Rose Plumer (woman at dance), Jack Prince (henchman), Billy Steuer (Billy as a boy), Blackjack Ward (henchman One-Eye), Blackie Whiteford (captured henchman)

 
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My great-grandfather Stephen Berkey came to America from Switzerland and joined the Amish/Mennonite community near Philadelphia. He later moved to the Somerset County area of Western Pennsylvania, and then out west to Kansas, where my grandfather David King Berkey was born in a home constructed of sod. The Kansas life must not have been as promising as first thought, and Grandfather David 'Pap' Berkey made his way with brother John to the Canfield, Ohio area, where his children, including my dad Donald Berkey was born and raised. I imagine that life in Kansas might have been much like the scenes in this cowboy western adventure. Fortunately my grandfather 'Pap' Berkey did not experience what the father in this movie went through. As the movie opens we see a young father, his wife and young son heading for an area where gold has been found, and they want to claim their part of the American Dream by moving to the site of the gold discoveries. Unfortunately a band of marauding Indians comes across their wagon and attacks. Dad Collins, played by Roger Williams, tells his wife to speed away in the wagon with son Bill while he stays back to fight the injuns. Now our adventure splits into two stories - first mom loses control of the wagon and speeding horses, and just before she goes over a high cliff with the wagon she puts little Billy and his dog into a chest and tosses him off the back of the wagon. Mom goes over the cliff and perishes, and little Billy and his dog get out of the chest and start walking across the desert. Meanwhile back at the injun attack dad Collins is fighting the Indians and a band of outlaws spots the action and rushes to the rescue, saving dad Collins from the Indians. Dad Collins is grateful to the outlaws and joins them, thinking that his family is dead. Fast forward a few years and little Billy has grown up with the man who found him wandering the desert, and he is the strapping young man that any father would like to have. One day the outlaws, now lead by Bill's real father, rob the town at a party for Bill's birthday, and the outlaw leader, Bill's real father, shoots and kills Bill's adopted father. Bill decides instantly that he will become a Deputy Sheriff and go after the outlaws that killed his foster father. Now remember, nobody but you and I realize that the outlaw is Bill's real father, and that will make for a fascinating story as the story proceeds to the final chapter. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it, grab your holster and horse, and enjoy the show.

Barney Beasley and Ace Cain
Barney Beasley and Ace Cain
Barney Beasley as henchman Perez
Barney Beasley as henchman Perez
Betty Mack, Fred Kohler Jr. and Ruth Findlay
Betty Mack, Fred Kohler Jr. and Ruth Findlay
Betty Mack as Jean Streeter
Betty Mack as Jean Streeter
Betty Mack in Toll of the Desert
Betty Mack in Toll of the Desert
Betty Mack sings to Fred Kohler Jr.
Betty Mack sings a love song to Fred Kohler Jr.
Billy Steuer as little Bill Collins
Billy Steuer as little Bill Collins
Blackjack Ward as henchman One-Eye
Blackjack Ward as henchman One-Eye
Budd Buster confronts Roger Williams
Budd Buster confronts Roger Williams
Earl Dwire in the 1935 motion picture Toll of the Desert
Earl Dwire in the 1935 motion picture Toll of the Desert
Earl Dwire and Tom London at the town dance
Earl Dwire and Tom London at the town dance
Ed Cassidy, Earl Dwire and Tom London
Ed Cassidy, Earl Dwire and Tom London
Ed Cassidy and Earl Dwire in Toll of the Desert
Ed Cassidy and Earl Dwire in Toll of the Desert
Ed Cassidy as Streeter
Ed Cassidy as Streeter
Fred Kohler Jr. and George Chesebro
Fred Kohler Jr. and George Chesebro
Fred Kohler Jr. and Tom London
Fred Kohler Jr. and Tom London
Fred Kohler Jr. captures Roger Williams
Fred Kohler Jr. captures Roger Williams
Fred Kohler Jr. as Bill Carson
Fred Kohler Jr. as Bill Carson
Fred Kohler Jr. drops in on the outlaw hideout
Fred Kohler Jr. drops in on the outlaw hideout
Fred Kohler Jr. in Toll of the Desert
Fred Kohler Jr. in Toll of the Desert
Roger WIlliams, George Chesebro and Fred Kohler Jr.
Roger WIlliams, George Chesebro and Fred Kohler Jr. in Toll of the Desert
Roger Williams and Ted Adams
Roger Williams and Ted Adams
Roger Williams discovers that Deputy Carson is his long-lost son
Roger Williams discovers that Deputy Carson is his long-lost son
Roger Williams meets Ted Adams
Roger Williams meets Ted Adams
Tom London, Fred Kohler Jr. and Ed Cassidy in Toll of the Desert
Tom London, Fred Kohler Jr. and Ed Cassidy in Toll of the Desert
Tom London as Sheriff Jackson in Toll of the Desert
Tom London and Jack Hendricks
William McCall and Fred Kohler Jr.
William McCall and Fred Kohler Jr.