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Mesquite Buckaroo (1939)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 1 May 1939 (USA)
It's time for the big rodeo and it's Bob of the Allen ranch against Luke Williams of the Barns ranch. With Bob leading after the first day, Sands and Trigger kidnap him to keep him from winning.



(story and screenplay) (as George Plympton)


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Complete credited cast:
Bob Allen
Carolyn Curtis ...
Betty Bond
Jim Bond
Juanita Fletcher ...
Aunt Sarah Allen
Sands (as Gordon Roberts)
Luke Williams
Mort (Ranch Hand) (as James Whitehead)
Hank (as Edward Brady)
Bruce Dane ...
Cookie, Singing Cowhand
Janitor Suds
Tavern Owner Hawk

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Bob Allen (Bob Steele)of the Bar-A Ranch is the local rodeo champion. His biggest rival is Luke Williams (Ted Adams)of the Circle B. Jim Bond Frank LaRue), owner of the Circle B, and his daughter Betty Carolyn Curtis)are backing Luke to win. Bob's fiesty Aunt Sarah ('Juanita FLetcher')is betting heavily on her nephew, the big favorite. At Hawks' (John Elliott), where the stakes money is being held, "Trigger" Carson (Charles King), a Chicago gunman, suggests to Bob he should throw the rodeo and they can clean up by betting on Williams. Bob isn't having any of the proposition, so Carson has his henchies kidnap Bob. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Gambling On the Rodeo
10 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Mesquite Buckaroo casts Bob Steele as an all around rodeo cowboy, proficient at all the events, and a heavy favorite to become champion at the annual local rodeo. His closest competitor is Ted Adams and some gamblers headed by Charles King think they can clean up betting on the underdog.

Well if you have honest judges who award points honestly, what do you do to fix a rodeo. The bucking horses and bulls are not terribly cooperative in these endeavors so you kidnap the star and when he doesn't show for his entered events, he's disqualified and your guy wins by default.

That's the scheme and if you care to watch Mesquite Buckaroo you will see how it is overcome.

I've seen the rodeo fixing premise used before, particularly in a John Wayne B western whose title does not occur to me at the moment, but it was better done there. Mesquite Buckaroo has even less production values than your B western coming out a studio like Monogram or Republic. A lot of stock rodeo footage is used to fill out the normal running time of a B feature film. The padding however is of poor quality and the stitching shows.

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