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Desert Escape

USA 1940
produced by
Sigmund Neufeld for PRC (Pictorial)
directed by Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)
starring Warren Hull, Grey Shadow, Isabel Jewell, John Dilson, Paul Bryar, Charles Williams, Lyle Clement, Budd Buster, Al St. John, Eddie Fetherston, Ted Erwin, Art Miles, Walter McGrail
story by Harold Greene, screenplay by George Bricker

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Joe (Paul Bryar) and his gang (Al St.John, Eddie Fetherston, Ted Erwin, Art Miles) make an escape from prison, and they take innocent Bill (Warren Hull) - who got arrested because they tricked him into being their driver without mentioning he is going to drive a getaway car - with them. Soon though, Joe's gang is rounded up and thrown back into the slammer, only Bill manages to make good his escape ... even if that means he has towalk throught he desert without water for days.

... he would have gotten eaten by wolves too, but a German shepherd dog, ironically called Wolf (Grey Shadow) saves his life, and from then on they are inseperable.

Eventually, Bill makes it to Tempe, Arizona, befriends young Linda (Isabel Jewell), and gets a job as her father Doc Harkness' (John Dilson) assistant. Of course soon enough, Bill and Linda fall in love, and Bill even becomes quite popular with the townsfolks after saving a girl's life ... which is when the local Sheriff (Lyle Clement) stumbles upon a Wanted poster with Bill's mug on it and wants to arrest him. Bill however persuades the Sheriff to give him one more day to explain everything to Linda firsthand.

On the next day, on his way to the Sheriff, Bill runs into Joe and his gang who are robbing the local gang ... and somehow it looks as if Bill, who doesn't even make the slightest attempt to escape, was in cahoots with them. And since not even the Sheriff believes he is innocent, Bill has to make an escape - and it's back to the desert for him.

But Joe and his gang soon also find themselves stuck up in the desert since during their escape, their car has broken down ...

Eventually Bill hooks up with them and tells them he can lead them to New Mexico, while actually just playing them against one another and always staying in touch with Linda via Wolf as a sort of carrier pidgeon. Ultimately Joe has shot his foru accomplices and now it's down to him and Bill - whom joe can't shoot because he thinks Bill knows the way - to make it through the desert ... until a car, Linda's car, passes by and Joe figures with a car he doesn't need Bill anymore and prepares to shoot him - but out of the car jumps Wolf and saves Bill's life ...

Ultimately, Bill is washed clean of the crimes he didn't even commit and he promptly marries Linda - while Wolf gets Linda's little doggie ...

 

Now I'm not a big fan of dogs in feature films, but this film, witht he dog-scenes rather toned down to those essential in the film, doesn't do too bad on that account. In all, the film is pretty decent, one of PRC's better crime dramas that moves along at a reasonable pace, features a well-written and believable story and profits greatly from the authentic desert sets.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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