“Riders of the Desert” Vintage 1932 Western Movie Poster

This very attractive stone litho poster from the 1932 western has Ranger Bob Houston (Bob Steele) going after Hash-Knife Brooks and his gang, including Apache Joe, a sadistic half-breed and Gomez, who vies with Brooks for leadership of the outlaws. The Rangers track down the gang, climaxing in a massive battle between the Rangers and the outlaws, while Bob saves Barbara (the damsel in distress) who has been captured, from a quicksand pit.

American Western star and character actor Bob Steele had a career that spanned six decades. He played juvenile roles in silent films, then took the stage name Bob Steele in 1927. He appeared in scores of films during the Thirties, rising to B-Western stardom and an apparently solid position as one of Republic Studios' top draws. Occasionally he made an appearance in more prominent films, as in his role as Curly in Of Mice and Men (1939). But he remained primarily a figure in Westerns. But he also eventually turned up as a virtual extra in pictures like Shenandoah (1965). He appeared often on television and regained some fame in his role as Trooper Duffy in "F Troop" (1965). In attractive frame measures 29 x 43.