Western / Action (1936) 61 minutes ~ Black & White
After a couple of false starts, William Colt MacDonald’s “Three Mesquiteers” stories were converted into a western film series by Republic Studios. The Mesquiteers, a trio of wandering do-gooders, are muscular Tucson Smith, played by Ray “Crash” Corrigan; hotheaded Stony Brooke, played by Robert Livingston; and comic sidekick Lullaby Joslin, portrayed in this first series entry by Syd Saylor. The three heroes waste no time getting down to business once they’re discharged from WWI military service: Tucson and Stony take on a gang of greedy cattlemen, Stony romances homesteader’s daughter Marian (Kay Hughes), and Lullaby rounds up stray cattle while astride a motorcycle. J. P. Gowan plays the villain, as he would in several subsequent Mesquiteers entries. Among the film’s many assets is the excellent location photography by William Nobles. The Three Mesquiteers proved to be a moneyspinner, encouraging Republic to stay with the series through six years and 51 entries.
Director: Ray Taylor
Writers: Jack Natteford (screenplay), Charles R. Condon (original story)
Stars: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Syd Saylor