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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 »
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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
Jacques Aubran .... 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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great mystery western, 19 January 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

I was never a western fan. It was made worse when we first got cable back in 1976 and several of the stations were heavily running the black and white programmers where only the names changed slightly from film to film. What ever it was never hooked me into liking westerns. John Wayne was never a favorite of mine as a result.

But as time went on I did find I will watch a western now and again and have raved about several, Unforgiven, Tombstone and Silverado for example, when really good ones come along.

But I've never been a fan of the genre, so when Sinister promised something different in their catalog I jumped.

The film is one of the Three Mesquiteer series that came from a a long running series of novel and was turned into a long running series of films. John Wayne was one of the original trio of ranch hands who do good in the West.

The plot involves an expedition to find a lost Indian city and a lost pair of scientists who earlier went looking for it. Supposedly its located in a Whistling Skull. Just as the party is to leave one of the scientists shows up speaks of finding the city and being taken prisoner only to be killed before revealing the exact location. The Mesquiteers, who had found the now dead scientist, tag along as the party sets out in order to find the city and the one remaining scientist.

The movie moves like the wind, running in this print only 53 minutes, and has just about every western cliché you can think of and then some. Assuming you haven't seen a bunch of these in a while its worth seeing, and even if you have seen a bunch of these its still fun.

Its simply a fun frantic mystery western, recommended.

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