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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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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truck | silk | gang | train | posse | See All (69) »

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A TRIPLE THREAT TO GANGLAND (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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7 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Outlaws of the West  »

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Although it is not mentioned, the reason that silk was so valuable in 1938 was because at that time the Sino-Japanese was raging and silk supplies were at a record low. See more »

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Although the hijackers throw the bales of silk out of the moderately fast-moving-freight car, a half dozen of the bales end up within yards of each other on the side of the tracks. See more »

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Lullaby Joslin: I'm so hungry I could eat a ghost.
Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy: Fried on both sides?
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Follows Wild Horse Rodeo (1937) 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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