Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Santa Fe Stampede (1938)“

    Santa Fe Stampede is a 1938 "Three Mesquiteers" Western film
    starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune.
    Wayne played the lead in eight of the fifty-one films 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 third.
    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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    Plot Summary
    The Mesquiteers capture a horse thief who escapes justice through a crooked judge.
    They gather signatures urging the governor to investigate but a friend
    with the petition is murdered.
    Stony is accused.
    Summary written by Ed Stephan

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Stony Brooke
    Ray Corrigan .... Tucson Smith
    Max Terhune .... Lullaby Joslin
    June Martel .... Nancy Carson
    William Farnum .... Dave Carson
    LeRoy Mason .... Mayor Gil Byron
    Martin Spellman .... Billy Carson
    Genee Hall .... Julie Jane Carson
    Walter Wills .... Lawyer Harris
    Ferris Taylor .... Judge Henry J. Hixon
    Tom London .... Marshal Jim Wood
    Dick Rush .... Sheriff Tom
    James Cassidy .... Jed Newton (as John F. Cassidy)
    Richard Alexander .... Henchman Joe Moffit (uncredited)
    Griff Barnett .... Henry Jones, Townsman (uncredited)
    Yakima Canutt .... Ben Carey (uncredited)
    Horace B. Carpenter .... Townsman (uncredited)
    George Chesebro .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Jim Corey .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Curley Dresden .... Trial Witness (uncredited)
    Tex Driscoll .... Townsman (uncredited)
    John Elliott .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Jerry Frank .... Tex, Byron's Henchman (uncredited)
    Chick Hannon .... Spectator (uncredited)
    Charles King .... Henchman Ben (uncredited)
    Duke R. Lee .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Murdock MacQuarrie .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Bud McClure .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Nelson McDowell .... John Franklin (uncredited)
    Robert Milasch .... Miner (uncredited)
    George Morrell .... Timothy (uncredited)
    Charles Murphy .... Rancher (uncredited)
    Bud Osborne .... Henchman Mac (uncredited)
    Sarah Padden .... Mrs. Jed Newton (uncredited)
    Fred Parker .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Cliff Parkinson .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Ralph Peters .... Merchant (uncredited)
    Tex Phelps .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Russ Powell .... Townsman (uncredited)
    George Sowards .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Blackjack Ward .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Bill Wolfe .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Bob Woodward .... Henchman (uncredited)

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

    Original Music
    William Lava

    Reggie Lanning

    Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
    George Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
    Bob Woodward .... stunts (uncredited)

    According to the American Movie Channel, this was the first Hollywood film where the villain murders a child.

    Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times wrote that the Three Mesquiteers'
    success was "probably due to the fact that nobody has thought of ambushing them with a Flit gun".

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Brandeis Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA

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