Desperadoes of the West

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Desperadoes of the West
Desperadoes of the West FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Produced by Franklin Adreon
Written by Ronald Davidson
Starring Richard Powers
Judy Clark
Roy Barcroft
I. Stanford Jolley
Lee Phelps
Lee Roberts
Cliff Clark
Music by Stanley Wilson
Cinematography John MacBurnie
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1950 (1950-08-02) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $153,081 (negative cost: $150,246)[1]

Desperadoes of the West (1950) is a Republic film serial.



Desperadoes of the West was budgeted at $153,081 although the final negative cost was $150,246 (a $2,835, or 1.9%, under spend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1950.[1]

It was filmed between 31 May and 22 June 1950 under the working titles Bandit King of Oklahoma and Desperado Kings of the West.[1] The serial's production number was 1708.[1]


Special effects[edit]

Special effects by the Lydecker brothers.



Desperadoes of the West's official release date is 2 August 1950, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Tower of Jeopardy (20min)
  2. Perilous Barrier (13min 20s)
  3. Flaming Cargo (13min 20s)
  4. Trail of Terror (13min 20s)
  5. Plunder Cave (13min 20s)
  6. Six-Gun Hijacker (13min 20s)
  7. The Powder Keg (13min 20s)
  8. Desperate Venture (13min 20s)
  9. Stagecoach to Eternity (13min 20s)
  10. Hidden Desperado (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  11. Open Warfare (13min 20s)
  12. Desperate Gamble (13min 20s)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 120–121. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 251. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
The Invisible Monster (1950)
Republic Serial
Desperadoes of the West (1950)
Succeeded by
Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950)