Painted Desert (1938) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.1/ 10 (39 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - 12 August 1938
(USA) - 19 December 1947
(Sweden) - 1 March 1948

Running Time

Desperate Men at Death Grips For Spoils that Mean Wealth to the Victors!

arizona, banker, cattle, cave-in, crooked-game, deed, dynamite, explosion, fistfight, grandfather, gunfire, gunshot-wound, horse, investor, loan, mine, miner, mining-claims, murder, musician, partnership, poker-game, rancher, sabotage, saloon,

Technical Support
MET:1611.78 m - (6 reels)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

Related Pictures

Pictures of Painted Desert (1938) Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Burns, Bob (II) as (uncredited) [Jim]
  2. Burns, Fred (I) as (uncredited) [Miner]
  3. Card, Ken as (uncredited) [Ken]
  4. Cording, Harry as [Burke] <8>
  5. Fields, Stanley (I) as ['Placer Bill' Jones] <4>
  6. Ingraham, Lloyd (I) as [Charles M. Banning] <7>
  7. Jones, Ray (I) as (uncredited) [Man in Bar]
  8. Kelly, Lew as (uncredited) [Pete]
  9. Kohler, Fred (I) as (as Fred Kohler Sr.) [Hugh Fawcett] <6>
  10. Mason, Jim (I) as (uncredited) [Hank]
  11. Miller, Carl (I) as (uncredited) [Miner]
  12. Mong, William V. as [Mr. Heist] <11>
  13. O Brien, George as [Bob McVey] <1>
  14. O Connor, Frank (I) as (uncredited) [Man Who Sets Off Emergency Signal]
  15. O Shea, Jack (I) as (uncredited) [Miner]
  16. Phelps Brothers, The as (uncredited) [Musicians]
  17. Phelps, Earl as (uncredited) [Musician - The Phelps Brothers]
  18. Phelps, Norman as (uncredited) [Musician - The Phelps Brothers]
  19. Phelps, Willie as (uncredited) [Musician - The Phelps Brothers]
  20. Shumway, Lee as [Bart Currie] <10>
  21. Smith, Tom (I) as (uncredited) [Miner]
  22. Wagner, Max (I) as [Kincaid] <9>
  23. Whitley, Ray as [Steve] <3>
  24. Allen, Maude (I) as [Yukon Kate] <5>
  25. Day, Laraine as (as Laraine Johnson) [Miss Carol Banning] <2>


  1. Romance
  2. Western

Full Plot

Faucett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back. Maurice VanAuken Plot not found

Total Business

CP: RKO Radio Picture, Inc.; 12 August 1938; LP8282 SD: June 1938 - June 1938

Movie Certificate

Approved (USA)(PCA #4419)


  1. Wild, Harry J. (photographed by)


C&C Television Corporation [us] - (1955) (USA) (TV) (as C & C Television Corp.)
Comet Video [us] - (????) (USA) (DVD)
RKO Radio Pictures [us] - (1938) (USA) (theatrical)
RKO Radio Pictures [us] - (1947) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)

Film Editors

  1. Knudtson, Frederic

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA


- The version released by C & C Television Corp. and shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel omits the director and producer credits.

- Includes a considerable amount of archive footage lifted out of, and not replaced back into, The Painted Desert (1931).