Red River Range (1938)

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    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


    Plot Summary
    The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers.
    They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw.
    This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid.
    But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler's boss and he joins the posse
    with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers.
    Summary written by Maurice VanAuken

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Stony Brooke
    Ray Corrigan .... Tucson Smith
    Max Terhune .... Lullaby Joslin
    Polly Moran .... Mrs. Maxwell
    Lorna Gray .... Jane Mason
    Kirby Grant .... Tex Reilly
    Sammy McKim .... Tommy Jones
    William Royle .... Payne
    Perry Ivins .... Hartley
    Stanley Blystone .... Randall
    Lenore Bushman .... Evelyn Maxwell
    Burr Caruth .... Pop Mason
    Roger Williams .... Sheriff Wood
    Earl Askam .... Henchman Morton
    Olin Francis .... Henchman Kenton
    Chuck Baldra .... Dude Ranch Cowhand (uncredited)
    John Beach .... Rustler (uncredited)
    Ed Cassidy .... Marshal (uncredited)
    Curley Dresden .... Rustler (uncredited)
    Theodore Lorch .... Rancher (uncredited)
    Robert McKenzie .... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
    Jack Montgomery .... Cattleman (uncredited)
    Al Taylor .... Henchman Slick (uncredited)
    Fred 'Snowflake' Toones .... Bellhop (uncredited)
    Joe Whitehead .... Henchman (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Betty Burbridge screenplay
    William Colt MacDonald characters
    Stanley Roberts screenplay
    Luci Ward story and screenplay

    Original Music
    William Lava (as Wm. Lava)

    Jack A. Marta

    Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
    Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)

    The Civilian Volunteer Reserve's dossier on The Three Mesquiteers reads:
    "Lullaby Joslin / Stony Burke / Tucson Smith Alias:
    The Three Mesquiteers Address: Three M Ranch, Mesquite County Qualifications:
    Top Hands - Expert Gunmen - Closed Mouthed - Dependable - Absolutely Honest"

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Agoura, California, USA

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Red River Range is a 1938 "Three Mesquiteers" Western film
    starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, and Polly Moran.
    Wayne played the lead in eight of the fifty-one movies in the popular series.
    The director was George Sherman.

    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 fourth.
    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 Stagecoach

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • I found this to be one of his better 3 Mesquiteer films (along with Santa Fe Stampede). The scene with him pretending to be a city dude, and not know how to handle a horse, was a flat out hoot! Also, I felt the way the rustlers were stealing the cattle was well written, and suspenseful.

    I guess the one 3 Mesquiteer film I didn't care for was Three Texas Steers. A real hogposh of a story. Throw in a roving circus, a gorilla who has the hots for Lullaby, a horse event that appears to be taking place in Saratoga not Texas, and a dancing horse....and you've got one mixed up film.

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    I guess the one 3 Mesquiteer film I didn't care for was Three Texas Steers. A real hogposh of a story.

    On one hand, I found that to be a really terrible movie.

    On the other hand, I thought it was hilarious (though not in the way intended, if anyone at Republic might have intended it to be amusing) and thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I mean, c'mon, the circus, the gorilla, the dancing horse, the puppet TALKING EVEN WHEN NO ONE WAS MANIPULATING it.

    Someone at Republic was smokin' some serious locoweed. ;) It might all make sense if one watched it while smokin' more locoweed. :)

  • Nice write up.
    Peter has told me about these, but if I saw them as a child, I don't remember them. Know more about them now. Keith2

    God, she reminds me of me! DUKE

  • I hope my copy of red river range shows up soon. After watching The Night Riders earlier in the week I can't wait for the next one to arrive.

    "Pour yourself some backbone and shut up!"