Desperate Trails (1939)

A young boy helps a marshal in his battle against outlaws.


Albert Ray


Andrew Bennison (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Steve Hayden (as John Mack Brown)
Bob Baker ... Clem Waters
Fuzzy Knight ... Cousin Willie Strong
Frances Robinson ... Judith Lantry
Russell Simpson ... Sheriff Big Bill Tanner
Clarence Wilson ... Malenkthy Culp (as Clarence C. Wilson)
Charles Stevens ... Henchman Ortega
Ralph Dunn ... Henchman Lon
Horace Murphy ... Stage Driver Nebraska
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Plunkett
Ed Cassidy ... Marshal Jim Cort
Anita Camargo Anita Camargo ... Rosita
Bill Cody Jr. ... Sonny Plukett


Following 1939's "The Phantom Stage", the last of 12 series westerns made at Universal by Trem Carr and Paul Malvern starring Bob Baker, Universal kicked off a new series of six starring their new series-sign Johnny Mack Brown (who had already starred in three Universal serials with one more to go.) Baker was now odd-man-out at the studio as his contract had been with Trem Carr, and Carr and associate Malvern had moved over to Monogram to begin a series of four "Tailspin Tommy" features. Universal, usually late to the party anyway, added Baker and comedian Fuzzy Knight to the first-six Brown films to form a trio angle along the lines of Republic's highly successful "Three Mesquiteers" series, but there were no continuing roles in these films---they even killed Baker off in the 2nd film---and Baker's 2nd-lead soon went to 3rd-lead (behind Knight) and then to "gone" after the sixth film. When Bob Baker was next seen in a film at Universal, it was as the uncredited bus driver in Abbott ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 ACTION CHAMPS...With blazing guns and flying fists they routed rustler's from a lawless land! See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

1 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trilha do Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story by Courtney Ryley Cooper was first published in January, 1921, by Red Book Magazine (Volume 36, #3). See more »


Steve Hayden: Am I addressing Mr. Bill Strong?
Cousin Willie Strong: Well, you can leave off the "Mister" and still be correct.
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Ridin' Home
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Sung by Bob Baker
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