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The Night Riders (1939)

Talbot uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to fight ... See full summary »


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Betty Burbridge (original screen play), Stanley Roberts (original screen play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Ruth Rogers ... Susan Randall
George Douglas George Douglas ... Pierce Talbot posing as de Serrano
Tom Tyler ... Jackson
Sammy McKim ... Tim Randall
Kermit Maynard ... Sheriff Pratt
Doreen McKay Doreen McKay ... Soledad
Walter Wills Walter Wills ... Hazleton
Ethan Laidlaw ... Andrews
Horace Murphy ... Riverboat Captain Asa Beckett
Edward Peil Sr. ... Rancher Harper
Tom London ... Rancher Wilson
Jack Ingram ... Wilkins


Talbot uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to fight this evil. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Three game guys unite to quell the most daring land-grant swindle in the history of the old West. See more »


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In this picture, the Mesquiteers 3-M Ranch is located in the vicinity of Los Vientos in an unnamed state. In the very next picture of the series, "Three Texas Steers", the 3-M Ranch is located in Mesquite County, Texas. See more »


[the outlaws are shooting through the windows of the building where the townsmen have holed up]
1st Townsman: Well, they're askin' for it!
2nd Townsman: Yeah. Let's give 'em an answer.
[the townsmen return fire]
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Followed by Raiders of the Range (1942) See more »

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The Don is a phony!
9 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The cast of the Republic Three Mesquiteers series was never consistent, with the various three leading men everchanging. For a while, the lead was played by John Wayne, but considering that his career was taking a fast turn for the better, it's not surprising he soon left the series. "The Night Riders" is one of these Mesquiteer films featuring Wayne.

In this installment, a baddie poses as Don Luis de Serrano, a Spanish nobleman. He creates a phony land grand deed with the help of another local jerk and now goes to court and seeks control of 13,000,000 acres. Then, he taxes everyone to death and is a general nuisance. So, it's up to the Mesquiteers to take the law into their own hands to stop Don Luis. And, perhaps, along with the help of the ill-fated President Garfield as well!

This film marks a first. Lullaby's really annoying and strange use of ventriloquism in the old west is strange and way out of place. But in a first, it actually comes in handy in a scene early in the film. Heck, it might be the first time Lullaby did ANYTHING much to help!

Overall, a father formulaic but enjoyable installment in the series. It's also unusual because the message seems to be 'if the law doesn't work, take it into your own hands or resort to mob rule and vigilanteism'! Strange but worth your time is you like B-westerns.

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Release Date:

12 April 1939 (USA) See more »

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Lone Star Bullets See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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