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Call the Mesquiteers (1938)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Western  |  7 March 1938 (USA)
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Smugglers hijack the Mesquiteers truck, but the police catch up, kill the smugglers, and then try to arrest the Mesquiteers as part of the gang. They escape but now have to prove their innocence while being hunted as wanted men.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Livingston ...
Ray Corrigan ...
Max Terhune ...
Lynne Roberts ...
Madge Irving (as Lynn Roberts)
Earle Hodgins ...
Dr. Algemon Irving
Sammy McKim ...
Timothy Irving
Eddy Waller ...
Maston Williams ...
Eddie Hart ...
Henchman Lefty
Pat Gleason ...
Henchman Joe
Roger Williams ...
Henchman Frank
Warren Jackson ...
Henchman Mac
Hal Price ...
Sheriff Jed Benton
Flash the Dog ...


A daring gang of outlaws hi-jack a carload of raw silk from s speeding freight train. They load the silk onto three trucks, the gang-leader instructs the driver to take a different route, and they will all meet in the distant town of Cosmopolitan. One of the trucks skids into a bar-ditch, and the gangsters flag down a passing truck that carries three saddle horses. The truck passengers are The Three Mesquiteers: "Stony" Brooke (Robert Livingston), "Tucson" Smith (Ray Corrigan) and "Lullaby" Joslin (Max Terhune), who stop to give aid and are held up by the robbers. The robbers in turn load the silk onto the Mesquiteer's truck, take the truck and also with it the Mesquiteers. A posse catches up and the outlaws are killed in the skirmish, and the sheriff thinks the Mesquiteers are also part of the gang. The trio manages to escape and have to stay one jump ahead of the law while trying to catch the real robbers and prove their own innocence. Written by Les Adams <>

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OUTLAW COWBOYS Waging war on the underworld rats that try to strong arm the West --- See more »


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7 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Outlaws of the West  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

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Throughout the picture, the German Shepherd named Hawkshaw repeatedly changes coloration from all tan to a standard looking dark back against a lighter colored underside and legs. See more »


Followed by Heroes of the Hills (1938) See more »

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Okay Picture, Not Really A Western Though
13 April 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Ray Corrigan, Bob Livingston, And Max Terhune stumble across an overturned truck on the highway and are forced by gangsters to load the stolen goods from the wreck onto their own truck. Kidnapped and in the company of gun-toting criminals, they're mistaken for accomplices and forced to take off rather than participate in a necktie party.

With it's abundance of trucks, car chases, motorcycle cops, telephones, and radio, this isn't much of a western at all. Still, this entry in Republic Pictures' Three Mesquiteer series is a fairly entertaining adventure, with decent enough production values and performances.

One thing that's pretty unique is when the Mesquiteers wander into a modern, art deco ghost town, with grass protruding from the paved streets and tumbleweeds all around!

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