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Range Defenders (1937)

Stony's brother George has been accused of murder and the Mesquiteers have returned to prove his innocence. But they find that Harvey rules the town along with his stooge Sheriff Gray and that George won't get a fair trial.


Mack V. Wright


Joseph F. Poland (original screen story) (as Joseph Poland), William Colt MacDonald (based on characters created by)

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Eleanor Stewart ... Sylvia Ashton
Harry Woods ... John Harvey
Earle Hodgins ... Sheriff Honest Dan Gray
Thomas Carr Thomas Carr ... George Brooke
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Hodge
John Merton ... Henchman Craig
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Auctioneer
Horace B. Carpenter ... Pete (as Horace Carpenter)
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Cook (as Snowflake)


George Brooke (Thomas Carr billed as Tommy Carr), the kid brother of Stony Brooke (Robert Livingston billed as Bob Livingston), has been framed on a murder charge and seeks help from the Three Mesquiteers...Stony, Tucson Smith (Ray Corrigan) and Lullaby Jospin (Max Terhune.) They hide him and head for town where they learn of a cattlemen-versus-sheepmen range war over grazing rights. John Harvey (Harry Woods), head of the Ashton Enterprises and suitor of Sylvia Ashton (Eleanor Stewart), is trying to put the cattle out of business as he and his gang controls the sheriff, "Honest Dan" Gray (Earle Hodgins) and runs the town. They learn that the Brooke family estate is being auctioned off to settle a dispute against George, who is also accused of murdering Sylvia's father. They prove the land is in Stony's name and stop the sale. Tucson, in an effort to clean up the town, runs for sheriff. While Tucson and Lullaby are out trying to roundup the cattlemen to vote in the election, Stony is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

30 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sentinelas do Vale See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by The Phantom Plainsmen (1942) See more »


Appassionato by Dramatico
by De Francesco (opening credits music)
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Stoney's brother in a jackpot
19 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Range Defenders finds the Three Mesquiteers trying to defend Stoney's brother George played by future TV director Thomas Carr from a murder charge. Carr is a small rancher and he's accused of killing the owner of the Ponderosa of sheep spreads. He's on the lam (no pun intended) and looking for brother Bob Livingston and his fellow Mesquiteers Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune to help him out of the jackpot he's in.

The real murderer is lawyer and perennial western villain Harry Woods who now controls the estate for Eleanor Stewart. He's also the political boss of the area with crooked sheriff Earl Hdodgins on the pad. And Hodgins is up for election and Woods is determined to have a good Chicago style election to get him back in.

I always love seeing Earl Hodgins he was always playing engaging rogue types on either side of the law. Having Elmer the dummy get the better of him in a political debate was truly precious.

Three Mesquiteer fans of all ages will like this.

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