Pals of the Saddle (1938)

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    Plot Summary
    Returning a lost item to Ann, Stony arrives just two men shoot each other.
    Ann is a Government Agent and she gets Stony to replace her now dead partner.
    An important chemical is being smuggled out of the country and she sends
    Stony to the storage facility posing as the foreign Agent.
    He fools the guards but the boss arrives to expose the hoax
    and Stony is made a prisoner.
    Written by Maurice VanAuken

    Full Cast
    John Wayne ... Stony Brooke
    Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
    Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
    Doreen McKay ... Ann aka Mirandy, Secret Service Agent
    Joseph Forte ... Judge Hastings (as Josef Forte)
    George Douglas ... Paul Hartman (Foreign Agent)
    Frank Milan ... Frank, Secret Service Agent
    Ted Adams ... Henry C. Gordon (Smuggler)
    Harry Depp ... Hotel Desk Clerk
    Dave Weber ... Russian Musician
    Don Orlando ... Italian Musician
    Charles Knight ... English Musician
    Jack Kirk ... Sheriff Johnson
    John Beach ... Henchman (uncredited)
    Bob Burns ... Coroner (uncredited)
    Yakima Canutt ... Henchman (uncredited)
    Art Dillard ... Henchman at Acme Salt Refinery (uncredited)
    Curley Dresden ... Henchman at Acme Salt Refinery (uncredited)
    Elmer ... Elmer, Lullaby's Dummy (uncredited)
    Olin Francis ... Henchman (uncredited)
    Otto Hoffman ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Kenner G. Kemp ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Philip Kieffer ... Army Officer (uncredited)
    Monte Montague ... Henchman at Acme Salt Refinery (uncredited)
    George Montgomery ... Rider (uncredited)
    Herman Nowlin ... Henchman (uncredited)
    Tex Palmer ... Henchman at Acme Salt Refinery (uncredited)
    George Plues ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
    Bill Yrigoyen ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
    Joe Yrigoyen ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Stanley Roberts (original screenplay) &
    Betty Burbridge (original screenplay)

    Original Music
    Daniel E. Kelly (song "Home on the Range") (uncredited )

    Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
    Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
    George Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
    Nellie Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
    Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
    Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)



    Filming Locations
    Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
    Red Rock Canyon State Park, Cantil, California, USA

    Watch the Movie



    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Pals of the Saddle is a 1938 "Three Mesquiteers" Western film
    starring John Wayne and directed by George Sherman.
    The film is notable for being the final film in which silent film icon Louise Brooks performed.
    Wayne played the lead in eight of the fifty-one films in the popular series

    After his unhappy spell, with the 6 picture deal with Universal,
    things changed for the better.


    A series of 'B' Westerns, was being updated, with Duke
    being invited into the role of Stony Brooke, recently vacated by
    by Bob Livingston.
    The Three Mesquiteers
    was a popular series for Republic , and Duke's winning personality,
    soon worked in, with the established characters, Ray Corrigan, as Tuscon Smith,
    Max Terhune as Lullaby Johnson, and Terhune's dummy, Elmer.

    Duke made 8 of these and this was his first.
    Although, it is said, he found them to be dreary, and a drudgery.

    I can remember seeing them, on the Saturday morning matinees,
    with all the kids, yelling, booing and hissing, at every other interval.
    I remember Elmer, with great fondness, oh and yes Duke of course.
    What an improvement he was, in these, and the Duke we now ,know and love,
    was at least shining through.


    They were horrible montrosities

    he told writer Maurice Zolotow.

    However, what Duke didn't realise, is that they had exposed him,
    to a much bigger audience, including 'A' pictures, audiences.

    They may have been a drudgery, but within months,
    the big bang, was there


    User Review


    A 'Best of the Best' Wayne Skeeters Outing
    11 February 2005 | by Mesquiteer (Cyprus)

    If you have any partiality towards B oaters then this is impossible not to like. In fact, it is in my Top 10 for this category of less-than-A sagebrush sagas. Some complain the emphasis in the Wayne Mesquiteer movies was on him and not the group. I think the camaraderie aspect is handled with gusto by director George Sherman right up front in the story and suitably reinforced throughout the plot. Granted, Max Terhune as Lullaby Joslin has too many "I'll look after the horses!" moments but he is not left to get lost. Ray Corrigan as Tucson Smith has wonderful times of camera mugging, a comedic style for which he has never been properly acknowledged. John Wayne, is, well, John Wayne, a presence to be reckoned with. The Duke's "Listen Mr. Big Chest" remark to Corrigan as they duel verbally over the femme interest is a great moment. Undoubtedly unscripted.

    This Mesquiteer epic also has more plot, more action and more stunts than most in the series. Hey, and a flag-wavin', patriotic story line that takes you right back to a kinder era. Herbert Yates, the head of Republic Pictures, obviously knew what (who) he had on contract and was actually investing in his product. It shows throughout the picture. The is a big B. And when the Mesquiteers do that triple-tandem leap onto a moving covered wagon, well, you've got all the thrills, all the action and all the spirit of "all for one, one for all" trigger trio cowboy flick any fan could stand


    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Hi EE

    The first sentence does not make any sense regarding the plot, can you restructure it please?

    I was reading in the John Wayne scrapbook that after The Big Trail this movie along with The Star Packer were two movies pre Stagecoach that Duke fans preffered, must be a reasonable movie then.



  • Hi Keith, thanks for the review for this one my friend. I also just realized that I don't have any of the Three Mesquiteers on DvD. :(

    I have a special reviews request for you as well mate. Can you please do one for Allegheny Uprising. :D

    Take care mate -- C.

    Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

  • Here's an original theater poster from Pals of the Saddle, and the second one a 1953 reissue (like Keith's, in the introductory post).

    It's interesting to notice how the reissue posters for Overland Stage Raiders and Pals of the Saddle are the same, except for the title in the yellow box.

    Also notice how Duke's "aged" in the re-issue poster . . . :glare:.