20 Mule Team (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

20 Mule Team (1940)





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As indicated by the title, 20 Mule Team is all about pioneering borax miners in territorial Arizona. Wallace Beery goes through his usual paces as Skinner Bill Bragg, a fugitive from justice who forms an uneasy alliance with slick outlaw Stag Roper (Douglas Fowley). The two scoundrels plot to jump a valuable borax claim in Death Valley, but Bragg changes his minds when Roper begins to have unsavory designs on virginal heroine Jean Johnson (Anne Baxter, in her film debut). Ever on the prowl for a new Wallace Beery-Marie Dressler screen team, MGM pairs up Beery with Marjorie Rambeau this time out, with mixed results. 20 Mule Team was originally released in Sepiatone, a tinting process MGM had previously utilized in the "Kansas" scenes of The Wizard of Oz. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Wallace Beery
as Skinner Bill Bragg, an Alias of Ambrose Murphy
Marjorie Rambeau
as Josie Johnson
Leo Carrillo
as Piute Pete
Anne Baxter
as Joan Johnson
Douglas Fowley
as Stag Roper
Berton Churchill
as Jackass Brown
Arthur Hohl
as Salters
Clem Bevans
as Chuckawalla
Minor Watson
as Marshall
Oscar O'Shea
as Conductor
Lloyd Ingraham
as Stockholder
Eddy Waller
as Horsecollar, Bartender
Sam Appel
as Proprietor
John Beck
as Jeff, Worker Asking for Pay (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester
as (uncredited)
Lew Kelly
as 1st Man (uncredited)
Katherine Kenworthy
as Jeff's Wife (uncredited)
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The spectacle of Berry parked waist deep in a desert water hole, fully-clad and 'taking a bath' can break down the resistance of many a critical funny-bone.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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