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Overland Stage Raiders (1938)

Passed | | Western | 20 September 1938 (USA)
After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.

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Joe Waddell (as Archie Hall)
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Hank Milton (as Frank La Rue)
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With the stage being held up regularly, the Mesquiteers decide an airplane would be better so they get the ranchers to sell their cattle and invest in the new airline. But when a gold shipment goes out, the stage line owner has his men hijack the plane. The pilot discharges the gas causing a forced landing and the Mesquiteers must now find the missing plane and recover the gold. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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20 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Bandidos Encobertos  »

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[first lines]
[reading a reward poster]
First Bandit: One thousand dollars. I guess we ain't worth much to the Oro Grande Company.
Second Bandit: That ain't no decent reward for a self-respecting bandit. What do you say we send Harmon a donation to boost the ante?
First Bandit: Maybe I will - after we polish off the three o'clock stage!
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Followed by West of Cimarron (1941) See more »

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Louise Brooks in her last screen appearance
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other commentators have mentioned just about everything I would have noted about this kid western. Such westerns were made from the 20's through the 50's and featured cowboy heroes who generally wore white hats or rode white horses or both. Forget plot logic, characterization, and focus on horse riding, chases, and shoot 'em ups. The curious mix of the modern (a motor bus and an airplane) and the old (cowboys on horseback) in this film never makes you forget the traditional format of six guns shooting forever like a video game weapon and no visible damage to valuable props. Watch the airplane door used as a shield against bullets in one of the final scenes. No damage whatever.

Louise Brooks is no more distinctive than any other leading lady in any other grade B westerns of the era. Yes, she does have long brown hair, almost shoulder length, not her trademark bangs; and she is slender and lissome. But her voice does not match her silent screen image. It surprises, if you have not heard it before. It is low pitched, not melodious, not distinctive in any way. Listen to Jean Arthur, Hepburn, Davis, oh, so many others, for example, and in a blind hearing there would be no mistaking the personality. The voice of Brooks is not memorable, nor in any way like the Lulu of our dreams. But, hey, it's her last screen appearance (other than the documentary many years later), and so it is prized.


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