Heritage of the Desert (1932 film)

Heritage of the Desert is a 1932 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Randolph Scott and Sally Blane.[1]

Heritage of the Desert
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Hathaway
Produced byHarold Hurley
Screenplay byHarold Shumate
Based onHeritage of the Desert (novel)
by Zane Grey
CinematographyArchie Stout
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 30, 1932 (1932-09-30) (USA)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Filmed on location in Red Rock Canyon State Park in California, Heritage of the Desert provided Randolph Scott with his first starring role. Released by Paramount Pictures, the film is a remake of Paramount's successful silent version from 1924 which utilised early two-strip technicolor. One of hundreds of Paramount films made between 1929 and 1949, tied up in legal limbo by Universal which controls them.


Based on the novel Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey, the film is about a rancher whose spread includes the only way out of the valley where an outlaw is hiding a huge herd of stolen cattle. When the outlaw decides to challenge the rancher's claim to the land, the rancher stays one step ahead of him and hires a surveyor to remap and confirm the property lines.



  1. "Heritage of the Desert". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  2. "Full cast and crew for Heritage of the Desert". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

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