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Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937)

Approved | | Mystery, Western | 4 January 1937 (USA)
A supernatural western! The Three Mesquiteers accompany an archeological expedition to a lost Indian city of gold called Lukachuke.

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Mack V. Wright

Writers:

Oliver Drake (screenplay), John Rathmell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Betty Marsh
Roger Williams ... Rutledge
Fern Emmett ... Henrietta
C. Montague Shaw ... Professor Flaxon
Yakima Canutt ... Otah
John Ward John Ward ... Professor Brewster
George Godfrey George Godfrey ... Professor Fronc
Earle Ross Earle Ross ... Professor Cleary
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Coggins
Chief Thundercloud ... High Priest (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
John Van Pelt John Van Pelt ... Professor Marsh
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Storyline

After a member of an archeological expedition is murdered, Stony convinces the other two reluctant Mesquiteers to accompany them. After another member is killed it becomes apparent that Rutledge and the Indian Otah are the culprits, but they are now in Indian territory without food and water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A new-action-filled yarn with your three prairie pals. Thrill to their daring deeds as they track down a killer through a hail of poison arrows and hot lead! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Whistling Skull See more »

Filming Locations:

Mecca, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in eight days. See more »

Goofs

Even though at least two Indians are thrown off a cliff to their deaths, neither one yells or cries out while they're falling. See more »

Quotes

Stony Brooke: [after Stony shoots a supposedly dead dessicated Indian body thought to be a preserved mummy] I don't think that mummy'll bother us anymore!
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Followed by Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Traditional
Sung by Frank Ellis while night-herding
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To find a treasure and capture a killer
14 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the most interesting of the Three Mesquiteer films has the guys getting involved in an archaeological expedition to find a hidden treasure guarded by a legendary Indian cult, presumably descendants of the Aztecs because they believe in human sacrifice. At least Robert Livingston almost ends up being barbecued at the stake.

Mary Russell's father and his partner went off in search of the cult and the partner came back, but he's murdered in one of those locked room puzzles. Despite or maybe because of the fact the Three Mesquiteers were in the room they go along to find a treasure and capture a killer.

These modern Aztec type cultists have kept up with modern weaponry because of their leader and when you find out who it is that will be self explanatory.

I'm agreeing that the film does resemble some of those cult Kharis mummy films some of which were not all that good. The end is a rather spectacular climax where the cultists are wiped out. Mother nature has more to do with it than the Mesquiteers.

Mesquiteer fans should enjoy this.


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