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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
Fern Emmett ...
Henrietta
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Professor Flaxon
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Otah
John Ward ...
Professor Brewster
George Godfrey ...
Professor Fronc
Earle Ross ...
Professor Cleary
Frank Ellis ...
Coggins
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High Priest (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
John Van Pelt ...
Professor 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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Riders of the Whistling Skull  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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More Indians are killed during the clashes with whites than were initially shown as members of the cult. See more »

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Stony Brooke: [looking at half-breed Rutledge after he's been tied to a stake] Well, begins to lok like a hot time in the old town tonight.
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Followed by Cowboys from Texas (1939) See more »

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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Sung by Frank Ellis while night-herding
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Republic's Best Of The Best
10 September 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

The Riders Of The Whistling Skull is The Three Mesquiteers best and most famous adventure and the best B-western of the nineteen-thirties, with more action, thrills, and suspense in it's fifty-three minutes than in all twelve chapters of some of Republic Pictures' serials!

The story involves the Three Mesquiteers and their search for the missing father of a pretty archaeologist, kidnapped by a sinister Indian cult after discovering the lost city of Lukachukai and it's treasure, all surrounding the creepy rock formation known as The Whistling skull.

This is first rate all the way with great locations and lots of weird touches like the cult's ritual dance (with a young Iron Eyes Cody in attendance) and the "mummy" who stands up and brandishes a knife!

I recommend this heartily to fans of B-westerns and to people who want to witness the best that the genre has to offer.


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