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The Painted Stallion (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 June 1937 (USA)
The period is the 1820's and the first wagon train leaves Independence heading west to Santa Fe. In order to maintain his power, the ruthless Official at Santa Fe must not let them arrive ... See full summary »

Directors:

Alan James, Ray Taylor | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Morgan Cox (original story), Ronald Davidson (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Corrigan ... Clark Stuart
Hoot Gibson ... Walter Jamison
LeRoy Mason ... Lt. Gov. Alfredo Dupray
Duncan Renaldo ... Zamorro
Sammy McKim ... Christopher Kit Carson
Hal Taliaferro ... Jim Bowie
Jack Perrin ... Davy Crockett [Chs. 5-12]
Ed 'Oscar' Platt Ed 'Oscar' Platt ... Oscar (as Oscar)
Lou Fulton Lou Fulton ... Elmer (as Elmer)
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... The Rider (as Julia Thayer)
Yakima Canutt ... Tom
Maston Williams ... Macklin - Henchman (as Matson Williams)
Duke Taylor Duke Taylor ... Bill - Henchman
Loren Riebe Loren Riebe ... Cave Sentry / Pedro - Henchman
George DeNormand ... Luke Oldham [Chs. 4-5]
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Storyline

The period is the 1820's and the first wagon train leaves Independence heading west to Santa Fe. In order to maintain his power, the ruthless Official at Santa Fe must not let them arrive and he sends out his men to stop them. The wagon train then has to endure repeated attacks but is aided by a mysterious rider that shoots singing arrows and rides a painted stallion. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Its Mystery Rider streaks into the night to save a new nation from disaster! (original poster) See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravane de l'enfer See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$109,164 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The budget (expected cost) for this serial was $102,157. The Negative (actual) Cost was $109,164. Or $7007.00 over the budget. See more »

Goofs

The "mule" Roberto, introduced in Chapter Seven, is actually a small horse which has been made up to look like a mule. I know modern mules have long tail hair, but this movie is set at a time before they were even bred, and the word "mule" meant the same thing as "donkey." Even its braying is fake and has been dubbed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zamorro: Get your men under cover and don't fire until I give you the signal.
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Nice little serial for fans of classic western heroes
28 March 1999 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

The Painted Stallion is a nice, if somewhat short chapterplay. It's got a lot going for it...Ray Corrigan, Hoot Gibson, Jack Perrinb(as Davy Crockett(, Duncan Renaldo (in a limited though slimy villain role), Hal Taliaferro (as Jim Bowie)...and a lot of great action scenes.

My only real complaint about this serial is that there is way too much reuse of footage...in fact one sequence is repeated word-for-word in two separate chapters. There are a couple of canyon ambushes that feature the same people falling to their dooms in each ambush. I know that they hafta do what they hafta do to cut costs...but that is a tad ridiculous.

Other than that, this is a really enjoyable serial, especially for a western serial. I'm a fan of the old b-westerns but western serials tend to drag on interminably at times. This one was fast paced and a joy to watch.


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