Painted Desert (1938 film)

Painted Desert is a 1938 Western film directed by David Howard and starring George O'Brien and Laraine Day (billed as "Laraine Johnson"). The picture is a remake of The Painted Desert, which stars William Boyd and features an early appearance by Clark Gable in a major supporting role.[1][2] The movie was partially filmed on location in Red Rock Canyon, a popular filming location during the 1930s and 1940s, with a multitude of B-Westerns being filmed there.[3]

Painted Desert
Movie poster
Directed byDavid Howard
Produced byBert Gilroy
Screenplay byJohn Rathmell
Oliver Drake
Story byJack Cunningham
StarringGeorge O'Brien
Laraine Johnson
Ray Whitley
Music byRoy Webb
CinematographyHarry Wild
Edited byFrederick Knudston
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
August 12, 1938
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bob, a young rancher, buys a mine on his leased land to prevent the working of it. However, surveys show a valuable mineral deposit, so he and Carol, the granddaughter of the discoverer of the mine, who has been forced to sell it to a crook, start operations on it. Fawcett, the crook, schemes to get the mine back, but is outwitted at every turn and loses his life in the dynamiting which he inspired.



  1. "Painted Desert". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. Frank S. Nugent (September 14, 1938). "The Painted Desert (1938), The Screen; At the Rialto". The New York Times.
  3. "Red Rock Canyon". Movie Sites. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
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