A typical low-budget Universal "Blue Streak Western," The Desperate Game starred one of the studio's many also-ran cowboys, Pete Morrison. A real-life cowpuncher from Colorado, this time Morrison played Jim Wesley, a college graduate who returns to the family ranch in the middle of a feud over watering rights. Griff Wesley (James Welsh), Jim's father, and his rival Adam Grayson (J.P. Lockney) agree to settle their disagreement if Jim marries Adam's daughter Marguerite (Dolores Gardner). The youngsters adamantly refuse but change their minds after Jim rescues the girl from being attacked by a rejected suitor (Jere Austin). The Desperate Game reads like, and probably was, a Hoot Gibson reject.
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