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The Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937)

Approved | | Mystery, Western | 4 January 1937 (USA)
A supernatural western! The Three Mesquiteers accompany an archeological expedition to a lost Indian city of gold called Lukachuke.

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Mary Russell ...
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Rutledge
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Henrietta
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Prof. Flaxon
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Otah
John Ward ...
Prof. Brewster
George Godfrey ...
Prof. Fronc
Earle Ross ...
Prof. Cleary
Frank Ellis ...
Coggins
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High Priest (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
John Van Pelt ...
Prof. Marsh
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After a member of an archeological expedition is murdered, Stony convinces the other two reluctant Mesquiteers to accompany them. After another member is killed it becomes apparent that Rutledge and the Indian Otah are the culprits, but they are now in Indian territory without food and water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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YOUR FAVORITE TRIO OF TROUBLE-SHOOTERS BRING NEW THRILLS TO THE OLD WEST! (original poster-all uppercase letters) See more »

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Mystery | Western

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4 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Although Rutledge's depicted as a half-breed villain, he describes the Indian culture he's trying to save as his "mother's people." and his motive is to have their traditional treasure returned, a treasure that has been taken by whites. See more »

Goofs

Even though at least two Indians are thrown off a cliff to their deaths, neither one yells or cries out while they're falling. See more »

Quotes

Stony Brooke: [after Stony shoots a supposedly dead dessicated Indian body thought to be a preserved mummy] I don't think that mummy'll bother us anymore!
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Connections

Followed by The Blocked Trail (1943) See more »

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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Traditional
Sung by Frank Ellis while night-herding
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3 Mesquiteers Show the Future of Republic
31 August 2003 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

The Three Mesquiteers (Stony, Tucson, & Lullaby) ride with a band of explorers searching for Professor Marsh an archeologist, the father of the female lead, who has discovered a lost city with hidden treasure, but who has been held by a prisoner by an Indian tribe, who has killed Marsh's partner, through a traitor amid the archeology party. Its up to the Mesquiteers to discover the villain among them and save the party from thirst and the murderous rampage of the tribe. Very enjoyable 3M film with nice emphasis of the comradery between the three friends, and also gives a nice glimpse of the style Republic used in their westerns and serials set out west. Wright's direction is quicker than what else I've seen of him, but he rushes through the end which is the drawback of the film. Nice location shooting in Nevada, and a good supporting cast make this one a winner. Rating, based on B westerns, 9.


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