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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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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)

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Bad even for this crop of the Three Mesquiteers, 4 March 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

There were a long string of Three Mesquiteer films during the 1930s. The films consisted of three friends who were government agents in the old West and the films were very low-budget B-movies. However, the lineup changed all the time--and there must have been about two dozen different lineups--including, for a while, a young John Wayne. Among the most consistent lineup for the series were Crash Corrigan, Robert "Whistling Skull" begins with a member of a lost expedition arriving in town. He begins talking about some lost Indian treasure--and then is suddenly killed with a poison-tipped knife. So, the Boys and their new friends all go in search of the lost party--and possibly find the treasure as well.

Livingston and Ray Terhune. Oddly, Terhune's shtick was having Elmer (his ventriloquist dummy) and--a very strange thing indeed for the West! While I'll quickly admit that these weren't particularly good films (I've seen a lot with this particular lineup), they were reasonably fun and worth seeing if you like the genre. However, among the Mesquiteer films I have seen, this must be the very worst--mostly because the acting is simply atrocious. I am not exaggerating when I say that many of the extras repeat their lines like they are reading them off cue cards...and they were dyslexic! In addition, the plot, though original, was truly bizarre.

By the way, in addition to the weird plot and bad acting, the language was often amazingly offensive--even for 1937. My favorite line is "...those dirty ignorant savages" when members of the search party meet up with natives.

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