When the circus owner friend of the Mesquiteers is framed for counterfeiting by his unscrupulous partner, the trio pledges to maintain his interests and care for his young daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Blake
Anne Bennett ...
Nancy Harris
Jefferson 'Jeff' Harris (as Edward Cassidy)
Henchman Harry
Fern Emmett ...
Bus Passenger Mother
Henchman Jake
George Burton ...
Merrill McCormick ...
Henchman Dan
Loren Riebe ...
Henchman Red


Harris and Rigby own a circus. Rigby is a counterfeiter and frames his partner. The Mesquiteers learn Rigby is the culprit and get a confession from one of his men only to lose the case when the man is murdered in jail. The Mesquiteers try again and send Lullaby to try and win some of the fake bills in a card game. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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those three cactus cavaliers...one for all and all for the nearest fight...or frolic! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

24 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avante, Boiadeiro  »

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Did You Know?


Yakima Canutt makes his seventh appearance in a Mesquiteer film in this seventh film in the series. In the first film, "The Three Musketeeers" he was only a stuntmen, but in the next six, he played a different henchman. See more »


Tucson mistakenly addresses Alibi as Stony. See more »


Tucson Smith: [concerning the directive of the judge that one of the Mesquiteers be married in order to adopt] Well, which one of us do you want?
Ellen Reed: It really doesn't matter. I'll let you decide who'll make the terrible sacrifice. You'll lwt me know or woyld you rather surprise me at the altar?
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Followed by The Trigger Trio (1937) See more »


The Funeral March
(uncredited) (aka Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor Op. 5) (1839)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
[Played on record by Willie Fung]
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Who was that ape man?
25 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Daft plot has Mesquiteers agreeing to adopt little Nancy, the requirements being that they must stay out of trouble for one week and that either Stony or Tucson must marry Nancy's plank-like governess. They also perform in a circus and round up a gang of not very sinister counterfeiters.

The boys bicker in the usual manner, Crash fights the bad guys in his ape suit, Lullaby leaves a trail of playing cards which appear, magically, from his mouth and Elmer insults the punters at the circus.

I suspect the Saturday matinée crowd would have loved this one despite a paucity of action.

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