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The Painted Desert is a 1931 western. It was directed by Howard Higgens. The most interesting thing about the movie is that it showcased the young Clark Gable in his talking film debut. Gable began his film career in the silent film era, Another interesting fact about the film is that William Boyd appears as a regular character. Boyd was best known for cowboy caricature Hopalong Cassidy character. These two facts alone make the movie an interesting must see for Gable and Boyd fans.

The movie itself is a low budget affair shot on location in Arizona. Two cowboys discover a baby in the desert. They argue over who is better equipped to raise the baby, and the argument destroys their friendship. Boyd is the baby as a grown man. He works on a cattle ranch with his adoptive father. The rift between the two friends turns into a rancher’s feud.

| 1931 | 1 hr 19 min | 5.3/10
William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum, J. Farrell MacDonald
Howard Higgin
Produced By
E. B. Derr

Also directed by Howard Higgin

Also starring Helen Twelvetrees

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