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The Riders of the Whistling Skull -- Probably the best "B" western-horror film ever made. A cross between a western, King Kong, and The Mummy's Hand.


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Oliver Drake (screenplay) and
John Rathmell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 January 1937 (USA) See more »
YOUR FAVORITE TRIO OF TROUBLE-SHOOTERS BRING NEW THRILLS TO THE OLD WEST! (original poster-all uppercase letters) See more »
A supernatural western! The Three Mesquiteers accompany an archeological expedition to a lost Indian city of gold called Lukachuke. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke

Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith

Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Mary Russell ... Betty Marsh

Roger Williams ... Rutledge
Fern Emmett ... Henrietta

C. Montague Shaw ... Professor Flaxon

Yakima Canutt ... Otah
John Ward ... Professor Brewster
George Godfrey ... Professor Fronc
Earle Ross ... Professor Cleary
Frank Ellis ... Coggins

Chief Thundercloud ... High Priest (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
John Van Pelt ... Professor Marsh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (uncredited)
Ken Cooper ... Indian (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Spectator (uncredited)
Elmer ... Elmer - Lullaby's Dummy (uncredited)

Jack Kirk ... Deputy (uncredited)
Tracy Layne ... Rancher (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Sheriff Tex Blaine (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Indian (uncredited)
Wally West ... Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
Mack V. Wright 
Writing credits
Oliver Drake (screenplay) and
John Rathmell (screenplay)

Oliver Drake (original story) and
Bernard McConville (original story)

William Colt MacDonald (based on story idea by)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
Sol C. Siegel .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Tony Martinelli 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Jones .... sound engineer
John Stransky Jr. .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: Ray Corrigan (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunt double: Bob Livingston (uncredited)
Art Dillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Tracy Layne .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Harry Grey .... musical supervisor
James Branson .... music arranger (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Cy Feuer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Kay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leon Rosebrook .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter Compton .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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58 min | USA:53 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Did You Know?

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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Riders of the Rio Grande (1943)See more »
Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Republic's Best Of The Best, 10 September 2009
Author: FightingWesterner from The Lonesome Prairie

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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