Heritage of the Desert (1939)

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John Abbott returns to the desert land he owns, and after being wounded by hired gunman Chick Chance, he is befriended by rancher Andrew Naab and his son, Marvin. Naab's daughter, Marian, ... See full summary »


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12 April 2010 | FightingWesterner
| Great Zane Grey Western
Donald Woods, a newly broke, eastern schooled geologist goes west to find out if there's money to be had in his business holdings, currently managed by vicious crooks. Blown off a cliff by a hired killer, he's saved when he lands in quicksand and patched up by an oppressed family with the same enemies, leading to a love-triangle involving the daughter and her fiancé, a jealous, deceitful hired-hand, who happens to be a spy for the villains.

A typically entertaining entry in Paramount's Zane Grey series, well directed by Lesley Selander, this doesn't have the star power of earlier films, but the story's solid and the script well-written. Production values are pretty good too.

A personable cast is headed by the likable Woods, with excellent support by Robert Barrat as the noble family patriarch, Evelyn Venable (the original model for the Columbia Pictures logo) as his daughter, and Willard Robertson in a limited but fascinating role as a hired gun that despite his being employed by the bad guys, insists on keeping his own code of honor intact.

One of the film's triumphs is that you actually care about these characters. The rousing climax is quite satisfying too.


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23 June 1939



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