The Painted Desert

Hostility (OT The Painted Desert ) is an American movie from 1931 with William Boyd and Helen Twelvetrees in the lead roles. Produced by RKO Pictures Western represents the beginning of Clark Gable dar. career in the talkies


The Friends of cash and Jeff found an infant in an abandoned warehouse and settlers quarreled, who is going to accept him. Ultimately, cash is believed the boy and brings him up as their own son. Although they have adjacent farms, there even after years, therefore, still a bitter feud between the two former friends.

When Bill has matured into a young man, he wants to finally end the feud and extends Jeff, who now has a daughter, an olive branch as a peace symbol. After the apparent reconciliation bitterness breaks through again and the situation escalates; at once Bill is caught in the middle and is faced with his own adoptive father. He manages ultimately to settle the dispute over water rights between the farmers. Bill married Jeff's daughter Mary Ellen.


Hostility, the celebrated 1931 debut on March 7 and was shot in the Painted Desert in Arizona, Boyd shows before his career in the U.S. Western Hopalong Cassidy series and the early Helen Twelvetrees - a starlet of the then young talkies.

Clark Gable role as Rance Brett - an unshaven former criminals shows no remorse for the crimes committed - made ​​him overnight into a popular supporting actor. That same year, MGM took him under contract and Gable became one of the most famous male Hollywood stars of his time.

Twelve years later launched Robert Mitchum, also on the side of William Boydin, in a similar role of his career.

Hostility was shown by Western yesterday as part of the comprehensive 155 Episodes Western series, which aired from May 1978 to July 1986 on ZDF. The series consists of Western in the 1930s and 1940s, in which the films were divided into episodes of 25 minutes each.


Phil Hardy noted in The Encyclopedia of Western Movies, the film a "outstanding production " is what is mainly due to Snyder's camera work; his landscapes of the desert give the film a " highly acclaimed austere beauty ", which save him from the " sentimental dialogues " and " melodramatic story".