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Desperate Trails (1921 film)

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Desperate Trails
Directed byJohn Ford
Written byElliott J. Clawson
Courtney Ryley Cooper
StarringHarry Carey
Irene Rich
Barbara La Marr
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Harry M. Fowler
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
July 9, 1921
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Desperate Trails is a 1921 American western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. The film is considered to be lost.[1]


As described in a film publication,[2] Bart Carson (Carey) is in love with Lou (La Marr) and even goes to jail to save Walter A. Walker (Coxen), a man she says is her brother but who is really a husband who has deserted his wife and two children. After he learns the truth, Bart breaks out of jail and trails Walter, who falls off a train trying to escape. Bart then seeks refuge in a cabin with Mrs. Walker (Rich), where he is captured, but the officials have learned the truth and promise him a pardon.


Production and release

Courtney Ryley Cooper wrote the story Christmas Eve at Pilot Butte which was later purchased by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company. The screenplay was written by Elliott J. Clawson and directed by John Ford.[4][5]

Filming of Desperate Trails started on March 14, 1921, under the working title of Christmas Eve at Pilot Butte, and lasted until April 11, with Harry C. Fowler and Robert De Grasse serving as the photographers. The movie was released on July 9.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Desperate Trails". Silent Era. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "Desperate Trails: Carey Has a Good Story With His Most Recent Universal". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (86): 15. June 26, 1921. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Desperate Trails Cast". Daily News. June 25, 1921. p. 14. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020 – via
  4. ^ "Beautiful Women in Cast with Carey in New Western Picture". Calgary Herald. September 17, 1921. p. 12. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020 – via
  5. ^ a b Bogdanovich, Peter (1967). John Ford. University of California Press. p. 118 – via Google Books.
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