Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Bantam-weight western star Don "Red" Barry certainly deserved his designation as "The Cowboy Cagney" in Republic's Desert Bandit. Barry is cast as two-fisted Texas Ranger Bob Crandall, who after being dishonorably discharged heads to the Mexican border to start life anew. He falls in with a gang of gun runners, headed by corrupt lawman Largo (William Haade). It turns out, of course, that Crandall's "disgrace" was merely a ruse to allow him to work undercover in bringing Largo and his minions to justice. More realistic than most Republic B oaters, Desert Bandit is climaxed by a tension-filled shootout between hero and villain.
bad-guy, border [geographic], corruption, cowboy, criminal, gangster, good-guy, impersonation, lawman, Mexico, outlaw [Western], ranger [military], selling, sheriff, Texas-Ranger, undercover, weapons, weapons-dealer