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The Three Mesquiteers (1936)

When a group of World War 1 buddies head west to farmstead, they run into trouble.

Director:

Ray Taylor

Writers:

Jack Natteford (screenplay), Charles R. Condon (original story) (as Charles Condon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke (as Bob Livingston)
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Syd Saylor ... Lullaby Joslin
Kay Hughes ... Marian Bryant
J.P. McGowan ... Brack Canfield
Al Bridge ... Olin Canfield (as Al Bridges)
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Pete
John Merton ... Bull
Gene Marvey Gene Marvey ... Bob Bryant
Milburn Stone ... John
Duke York Duke York ... Chuck
Nina Quartero ... Waitress (as Nena Quartaro)
Allen Connor Allen Connor ... Milt
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Storyline

Lullaby and his World War I buddies head west to farmstead. When the Canfield brothers try to stop them, they get help from Stony and Tucson as Livingstone and Corrigan start their long run as Mesquiteers while Saylor makes his lone appearance. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

CRASHING into robber's roost! ADVENTURE...with your new hard-ridin', fast shootin' favorites! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 3 Mesquiteers See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First in a series of 51 Republic Westerns. See more »

Quotes

Bob Bryant: [referring to the homesteads in New Mexico] Is it good farming land?
Lullaby Joslin: Is it? Why listen, the soil's so rich even the fence posts take root and grow.
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Followed by Heart of the Rockies (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
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Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley and music by Daniel E. Kelley
Sung by Gene Marvey
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Great Start to a Venerable Series
11 February 2005 | by MesquiteerSee all my reviews

There is a special energy about this old oater that still works for this cowpoke. It's success at the time of release can be measured by the fact 'The 3 Ms' was the opening entry in a beloved series of 51 westerns made by Republic Pictures until 1943. It captures the camaraderie of the trio western concept that was copied by not a few Poverty Row producers over the next decade. Locations are the real and expansive west, not the boulder-strewn hills of the San Fernando Valley of Republic's later output. The landslide sequence is a true white knuckler. The characters might be stale for today's youngsters but for their time they were original, fresh and, above all, tightly drawn. They were borrowed unabashedly by William Colt McDonald, creator of the book Mesquiteers, from Alexandre Dumas's trio of King's Musketeers.

A B-western director like Mack Wright knew how to establish men of action and good humour in right quick fashion. The movie has the "all for one and one for all" dynamic down pat. The plot mixes the Mesquiteers, in from a long stretch of cattle punchin', with a group of First World War vets bent on homesteadin'. The Mesquiteers are vets, too, and the bond is instant, abetted by a vet's sister to draw Stony Brooke's eye. This device made B westerns magical, melding a mythical west of cowboys on horses with technology like automobiles and telephones. All done without a single note of self consciousness. As a kid I believed such a hybrid west really existed somewhere in the great undefined American southwest. The villains are cattle men not partial to squatters, even if the nesters have served their country. That makes the villains all the more heinous, which they prove in a scene guaranteed to boil your blood. That's followed by a funeral guaranteed to wet yur hankie. As an adult the Mesquiteers still resonate with this unrepentant rescue-ridin', maiden-savin' do gooder.


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