Desperate Trails (1921 film)

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

Desperate Trails
Film still
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
  • June 1921 (1921-06)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


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.


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.
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