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The Marshal of Mesa City (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Western  |  3 November 1939 (USA)
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School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Vale ...
Virginia King
Sheriff Jud Cronin
Duke Allison
Harry Cording ...
Henchman Bat Cardigan
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Mayor Sam Bentley
Henchman Jake Morris
Joe McGuinn ...
Henchman Pete Henderson
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Dudley
Frank Ellis ...
Henchman Slim


School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's henchman Pete Henderson, trying to force her to return to Mesa City. Ex-lawman Cliff Mason comes along and disarms and unmasks the outlaws. It will take several days to repair the coach and Cliff takes Virginia back to Mesa City. Cliff identifies the outlaws, but Marshal Andy Thompson is killed trying to arrest Henderson, who makes a getaway. Mayor Sam Bentley appoints Cliff marshal pro tem. Cliff arrests the outlaws but Judge Wainwright is on Cronin's payroll and sets them free. Cliff persuades the city council to pass a law forbidding the carrying of firearms by others than officers of the law. Cronin sends for Duke Allison, notorious gunman, to deal with Cliff, but Cliff saves Duke's life and Duke accepts a deputy marshal's badge from Cliff. Cronin arrests Cliff and Duke for the killing of Henderson, ... Written by Les Adams <>

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GEORGE O'BRIEN in the West's wildest town...where blazing guns were the only LAW!! See more »


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Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carga de Valentes  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cliff Mason: I know that breed. They don't like to fight unless they have the drop on someone.
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Whistled by Henry Brandon and Leon Ames
Played by the band at the second dance
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Excellent cast headed by the superlative George O'Brien

Turner Classic Movies made a recent Monday morning memorable by presenting this little-known (in fact, unknown to me) gem.

First, the cast was one of the most impressive ever found in a B western, including as a bad guy the excellent Leon Ames. Mr. Ames, suave and debonair and very citified in so many films, was just about perfect as a corrupt sheriff.

His henchmen, not necessarily big names, were all huge in talent and were absolutely delightful to watch. Hmmm, "delightful" might be misleading: I don't mean they were fun, because they were, after all, bad guys, but I do mean they were such great cowboy villains that it was a real treat to see them getting an opportunity to perform in a high-class western.

George O'Brien was actually not very tall, despite a reference to that effect by the leading lady, the more than lovely Virginia Vale. But he was very manly and had a great physique, looking like a weight-lifter, and he could move gracefully and handle his fight scenes well.

In scenes where he attempted to intimidate bad guys without using his weapons, he was, therefore, very believable.

One very surprising actor, one I didn't, I blush to admit, recognize (and I used to see him at Sons of the Desert meetings when I lived in Los Angeles), was the great Henry Brandon in an unusual role.

Naturally, being Henry Brandon, he was winning and likable, and also very believable.

Western fans will love this; classic movie fans will love this; movie history buffs will love this. I know I did.

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