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The Three Mesquiteers (1936)

When a group of World War 1 buddies head west to farmstead, they run into trouble.

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Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
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Smugglers hijack the Mesquiteers truck, but the police catch up, kill the smugglers, and then try to arrest the Mesquiteers as part of the gang. They escape but now have to prove their innocence while being hunted as wanted men.

Director: John English
Stars: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
Certificate: Passed Western
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Foreign agents are smuggling monium (a chemical used in producing poison gas) into Mexico. The three Mesquiteers get involved when they ride to save a girl (really a government agent) on a runaway horse.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
Romance | Western
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Greedy rancher McGowan wants to have a local wild horse sanctuary closed, so he can capture and sell them while Tucson tries to break up Stony's marriage to a sexy, gold-digging saloon girl.

Director: Mack V. Wright
Stars: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The three Mesquiteers try to recover the gold stolen by a gang in its effort to ruin the banker/mayor who ordered them to leave town.

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
Certificate: Passed Action | Western
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Nancy Evans, lovely circus owner, has a ranch that she's never visited, but for sentimental reasons won't sell to Mike Abbott. Her partners, secretly in league with Abbott, sabotage the ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
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Stony Brooke (as Bob Livingston)
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Syd Saylor ...
Kay Hughes ...
J.P. McGowan ...
Brack Canfield
Al Bridge ...
Olin Canfield (as Al Bridges)
Frank Yaconelli ...
Pete
John Merton ...
Bull
Gene Marvey ...
Bob Bryant
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John
Duke York ...
Chuck
Nina Quartero ...
Waitress (as Nena Quartaro)
Allen Connor ...
Milt
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Lullaby and his World War I buddies head west to farmstead. When the Canfield brothers try to stop them, they get help from Stony and Tucson as Livingstone and Corrigan start their long run as Mesquiteers while Saylor makes his lone appearance. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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ADVENTURE...with your new hard-riding, fast-shootin' favorites! See more »

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Action | Music | Western

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22 September 1936 (USA)  »

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First in a series of 51 Republic Westerns. See more »

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Bull: [referring to the homesteads in New Mexico] Is it good farming land?
Stony Brooke: Is it? Why listen, the soil's so rich even the fence posts take root and grow.
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Followed by Red River Range (1938) See more »

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Les Preludes
(uncredited) (1856)
Music by Franz Liszt
[Heard during horseriding scenes]
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Great Start to a Venerable Series
11 February 2005 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

There is a special energy about this old oater that still works for this cowpoke. It's success at the time of release can be measured by the fact 'The 3 Ms' was the opening entry in a beloved series of 51 westerns made by Republic Pictures until 1943. It captures the camaraderie of the trio western concept that was copied by not a few Poverty Row producers over the next decade. Locations are the real and expansive west, not the boulder-strewn hills of the San Fernando Valley of Republic's later output. The landslide sequence is a true white knuckler. The characters might be stale for today's youngsters but for their time they were original, fresh and, above all, tightly drawn. They were borrowed unabashedly by William Colt McDonald, creator of the book Mesquiteers, from Alexandre Dumas's trio of King's Musketeers.

A B-western director like Mack Wright knew how to establish men of action and good humour in right quick fashion. The movie has the "all for one and one for all" dynamic down pat. The plot mixes the Mesquiteers, in from a long stretch of cattle punchin', with a group of First World War vets bent on homesteadin'. The Mesquiteers are vets, too, and the bond is instant, abetted by a vet's sister to draw Stony Brooke's eye. This device made B westerns magical, melding a mythical west of cowboys on horses with technology like automobiles and telephones. All done without a single note of self consciousness. As a kid I believed such a hybrid west really existed somewhere in the great undefined American southwest. The villains are cattle men not partial to squatters, even if the nesters have served their country. That makes the villains all the more heinous, which they prove in a scene guaranteed to boil your blood. That's followed by a funeral guaranteed to wet yur hankie. As an adult the Mesquiteers still resonate with this unrepentant rescue-ridin', maiden-savin' do gooder.


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