The Painted Desert

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The Painted Desert is a 1931 American pre-Code Western film released by Pathé Exchange.[3] Produced by E. B. Derr, it was directed by Howard Higgin, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Tom Buckingham. The picture stars low-budget Western stars William Boyd (in his pre-Hopalong Cassidy era) and Helen Twelvetrees, and most notably features an unshaven young Clark Gable in his talking film debut. The film was shot mostly on location in Arizona.

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The Painted Desert
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward Higgin[1]
Bert Gilroy[2]
Written byTom Buckingham[2]
Howard Higgin[2]
Produced byE. B. Derr[1]
StarringWilliam Boyd
Helen Twelvetrees
William Farnum
CinematographyEdward Snyder
Edited byClarence Kolster
Music byFrancis Gromon
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 18, 1931 (1931-01-18) (US)[2]
Running time
85 minutes
75 minutes (edited reissue)[1]
CountryUnited States