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Roarin' Lead (1936)

Hackett, the executive of the local Cattleman's association which also runs the local orphanage is using the Association police to rustle cattle and embezzle its funds.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Moore
Henchman Canary
Mary Russell ...
Orphanage Assistant Mary
Jane Keckley ...
Mrs. Perkins
Tamara Lynn Kauffman ...
Baby Mary
Beverly Luff ...
M.C. / Singer / Dancer
Theodore Frye ...
Apache dancer
Apache Dancer (as Katherine Frye)
Frank Austin ...
Mr. Hiram Perkins


Hackett is out to take over the Cattlemen's Association by bankrupting them. His men rustle the cattle forcing the payouts to the ranchers. The Three Mesquiteers arrive and soon learn that the coward Canary is one of the gang. Stony has a plan that he hopes will get a confession from him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

9 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oi treis ippotai  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on Christine Maple's fashions and hairstyle, this third entry in the series is the first to deal with the contemporaneous West. See more »


Lullaby Joslin: [on stage with an audience] Well, Elmer, how do you feel?
Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy: Fine.
Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy: [looking around] Say, what is this?
Lullaby Joslin: This is the opera house. Whatta yuh think of it.?
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Lullaby Joslin: [the audience laughs derisively at Hackett] Well, Elmer, that's not nice. Don't you realize that Mr. Hackett is one of the biggest executives in this town?
Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy: Is that so?
Lullaby Joslin: You don't even know what a executive is!
Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy: Oh, no? An executive is a man that loses other ...
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Listen to the Mocking Bird
(uncredited) (1855)
Lyrics by Septimus Winner
Music by Richard Milburn
[Hummed by the Mequiteer's during their introductory scene.]
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Pretty awful
3 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I never expect brilliance from a Three Mesquiteers movie. After all, they were cheap B-westerns and Monogram Studio churned them out by the dozen. However, even compared to the level of quality I expected, this one is awfully bad. Not only does it feature the usual cowboy film clichés but it also has orphans...and these orphans, unfortunately, like to sing and dance. As a result, it's a syrupy sweet and slightly nauseating film.

When "Roarin' Lead" begins, an evil administrator is not only working with his gang to rustle cattle but this meanie wants to close down the orphanage and sell the children as slaves! Fortunately, the Mesquiteers arrive and put a stop to all the shenanigans. Unfortunately, this also means a big charity benefit for the orphans--complete with (yuck) Tex Terhune and his god-awful puppet and the worst singing and dancing I can recall that isn't attributable to a seizure disorder or demonic possession. My guess is that the audience had to pay in order to get to leave and that's how they raised all the money for the kids! Overall, it's a real chore to see this one from start to finish.

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