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Roarin' Lead (1936)

Hackett, the executive of the local Cattleman's association which also runs the local orphanage is using the Association police to rustle cattle and embezzle its funds.


Oliver Drake (story and screenplay), Jack Natteford (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Christine Maple ... Doris Moore
Hooper Atchley ... Hackett
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Canary
George Chesebro ... Captain Gardner
Tommy Bupp ... Bobby
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Orphanage Assistant Mary
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Mrs. Perkins
Tamara Lynn Kauffman Tamara Lynn Kauffman ... Baby Mary
Beverly Luff Beverly Luff ... M.C. / Singer / Dancer
Theodore Frye Theodore Frye ... Apache dancer
Kathy Frye ... Apache Dancer (as Katherine Frye)
Frank Austin Frank Austin ... Mr. Hiram Perkins


Hackett is out to take over the Cattlemen's Association by bankrupting them. His men rustle the cattle forcing the payouts to the ranchers. The Three Mesquiteers arrive and soon learn that the coward Canary is one of the gang. Stony has a plan that he hopes will get a confession from him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

9 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oi treis ippotai See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on Christine Maple's fashions and hairstyle, this third entry in the series is the first to deal with the contemporaneous West. See more »


Adopter: [an unpleasant prospective adoptive parent solely interested in getting a young boy to do manual labor] Well, I guess you ain't got nuthin' wrong with yuh. Can you cut wood?
Bobby: [taking an immediate dislike for the adopter, he chooses to ridicule him] No! Can you? How often do you take a bath? Do you brush your teeth every morning? Do you know the Lord's Prayer? Do you go to church every Sunday morning?
Adopter: [taking umbrage at the open disrespect] You looka here, young fella...
Bobby: [comtinuimg his tirade] How ...
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Followed by Three Texas Steers (1939) See more »


Listen to the Mocking Bird
(uncredited) (1855)
Lyrics by Septimus Winner
Music by Richard Milburn
[Hummed by the Mequiteer's during their introductory scene.]
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Pretty awful
3 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I never expect brilliance from a Three Mesquiteers movie. After all, they were cheap B-westerns and Monogram Studio churned them out by the dozen. However, even compared to the level of quality I expected, this one is awfully bad. Not only does it feature the usual cowboy film clichés but it also has orphans...and these orphans, unfortunately, like to sing and dance. As a result, it's a syrupy sweet and slightly nauseating film.

When "Roarin' Lead" begins, an evil administrator is not only working with his gang to rustle cattle but this meanie wants to close down the orphanage and sell the children as slaves! Fortunately, the Mesquiteers arrive and put a stop to all the shenanigans. Unfortunately, this also means a big charity benefit for the orphans--complete with (yuck) Tex Terhune and his god-awful puppet and the worst singing and dancing I can recall that isn't attributable to a seizure disorder or demonic possession. My guess is that the audience had to pay in order to get to leave and that's how they raised all the money for the kids! Overall, it's a real chore to see this one from start to finish.

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