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Gunsmoke Ranch (1937)

Approved | | Western | 5 May 1937 (USA)
Flagg is relocating flood victims to Gunsmoke Ranch. The Three Mesquiteers know Flagg to be a crook and try to warn them. They ignore the warning and improve the land only to find that it has been condemned for a new dam.

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Phineas T. Flagg
Jean Carmen ...
Marion Warren (as Julia Thayer)
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Jimmy Warren
Ed 'Oscar' Platt ...
Oscar (as Oscar and Elmer)
Lou Fulton ...
Elmer Twiddlebaum (as Oscar and Elmer)
Burr Caruth ...
Judge Jonathan Warren
Allen Connor ...
Henchman Reggie Allen
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Henchman Spider
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Joe Larkin (as Horace Carpenter)
Jane Keckley ...
Mathilda Larkin
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Seth Williams (as Bob Walker)
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Cowhand Jed
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During the Great Depression, when natural catastrophes including floods destroy the homes of thousands,.crooked, con man Phineas Flagg buys up all the ranches in Arizona's Gunsmoke Valley at the bargain price of $2 per acre. The displaced families are only too happy to buy what Flagg misrepresents as 40 acres of prime farmland per family at the bargain price of $50 an acre. What he doesn't tell the migrants is that the entire area has been condemned under the law of eminent domain and will soon be flooded for the construction of a new dam. The group's leader, Judge Warren, initially disregards the Mesquiteers' warnings that they're being conned,, but Stony' romances his beautiful granddaughter Marion,, and the settlers accept the Mesquiteers' help,, but is it too late? Written by duke1029

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BRAND NEW THRILLS WITH YOUR CAVALIERS OF THE CACTUS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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5 May 1937 (USA)  »

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Galopando para a Justiça  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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In the second episode of the Three Mesquiteers series, "Ghost Town Gold" the audience is shown the genesis of the Alibi/Elmer relationship as Joslin wins him in a sideshow shooting gallery. In this sixth entry in the series, Alibi acquires his dummy friend by buying him in a haberdashery. See more »

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Judge Jonathan Warren: Let us be humbly thankful to Providence, for leading us from the turbulent waters of despair, into this land of promise.
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Followed by Under Texas Skies (1940) See more »

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Red River Valley
(uncredited) (aka "Cowboy Love Song," "Bright Sherman Valley," "Bright Laurel Valley," and "Bright Little Valley"
North American cowboy song (1870?)
[Instrumental version played at community dance]
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True to form
15 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm sure this particular Three Mesquiteer film resonated well with people in the dust bowl. Though it's not The Grapes Of Wrath, Gunsmoke Ranch is about people dispossessed from their land and at the mercy of one ruthless conman.

People have been flooded out of their homes in the Mississippi Valley and have headed west for a new start as they've taken an option on land in the far west. Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune however know the man behind the scheme and its Kenneth Harlan who they know to be a conman.

Harlan runs true to form and when the new arrivals have made sufficient improvements he plans to sell the land to the state for a new dam and he can get a lot more back on improved land.

I'm sure that every farmer who was dispossessed of his land due to flood or drought or whatever wanted to kill Harlan who watched this film in 1937. Very rarely do B westerns deal with modern relevant topics and this one is not only good but a rarity.


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