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The Night Riders (1939)

Passed  |   |  History, Western  |  12 April 1939 (USA)
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Talbot uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to fight ... See full summary »

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Ray Corrigan ...
Max Terhune ...
Doreen McKay ...
Ruth Rogers ...
Susan Randall
George Douglas ...
Talbot posing as de Serrano
Tom Tyler ...
Jackson
Kermit Maynard ...
Sheriff Pratt
Sammy McKim ...
Tim Randall
Walter Wills ...
Hazleton
Ethan Laidlaw ...
Andrews
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Rancher Harper
Tom London ...
Rancher Wilson
Jack Ingram ...
Wilkins
Bill Nestell ...
Allen - A Brawler (as William Nestell)
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Talbot uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to fight this evil. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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12 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Lone Star Bullets  »

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[the outlaws are shooting through the windows of the building where the townsmen have holed up]
1st Townsman: Well, they're askin' for it!
2nd Townsman: Yeah. Let's give 'em an answer.
[the townsmen return fire]
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The Mark Of Los Capaqueros
2 January 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Confession: I nearly always find early b-Westerns more or less enjoyable, there's usually a lot of pleasant easy familiarity and a lot of dated stuff that can or should be forgiven. Just switch off the analysin'. John Wayne made approximately one million of these swift potboilers before he made his name – the same year as Night Riders. Even good old Gene Autry didn't make as many.

Baddies forge old document proving the legality of their claim to thirteen million acres of land – they promise fairness to the tenants but deliver harshness, endless taxes and death instead. How very like all politicians always! Wayne and his two sidekicks object to this and begin a fightback as mysterious caped crusaders – Los Capaqueros replacing The Three Mesquiteers. It's the usual stuff, sub-Zorro fisticuffs and shootouts complete with self conscious melodrama: therefore all I'd hoped for, nothing more. Wayne's cohorts Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune kept on mining the b-picture vein throughout the '40's while Wayne began his climb to superstardom and the making of many movie classics. Highly enjoyable non-serious time-filler!


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