The White Desert

The White Desert is a 1925 drama film directed by Reginald Barker. The film stars Claire Windsor and Pat O'Malley, with Robert Frazer, Frank Currier and Sōjin Kamiyama. It is written by Monte M. Katterjohn and Gordon Rigby. This 'B' movie was produced to keep the Loew circuit and other cinemas supplied.[1][2]

The White Desert
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReginald Barker
Written byMonte M. Katterjohn
Gordon Rigby
Lew Lipton
Based onbook The White Desert by Courtney Riley Cooper
StarringClaire Windsor
Pat O'Malley
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (*French)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 4, 1925 (1925-05-04)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

A surviving film donated by MGM to George Eastman House.[3]


A melodrama about railroad builders.


Other Information

The film was shot on Rollins Pass, Colorado, at the Corona townsite. Corona was a town dedicated to keeping the rail line open during the harsh winter, and was partially underground in a trench along the tracks, and under a snow shed.

The film was adapted from Denver author Courtney Ryley Cooper's book The White Desert (1922).


  1. The White Desert at
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The White Desert

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