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.Quote
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
Author: bsmith from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Santa Fe Stampede" is one of many Three Mesquiteers films made by Republic in the late 30s and early forties. The trio in this outing consisted of John Wayne, Ray "Crash" Corrigan and Max Terhune. For Wayne, this was the third of eight Three Mesquiteer films he appeared in and was his final "B" western series prior to his emergence as a major star.
As usual the title of the movie bears little or no resemblance to the plot of the picture. The "Santa Fe" of the title is "Santa Fe Junction" and there is no stampede to be found, or for that matter, no cattle.
What the film does have is a great cast. Wayne, Corrigan and Terhune look comfortable in their hero roles. Former silent screen star William Farnum, with his stage trained voice and elocution, plays the boys' friend and partner. The chief villain is played by Republic's busiest bad guy of the period, LeRoy Mason. In his gang of henchmen are such "B" western stalwarts as Charlie King, Bud Osborne and Dick Alexander. Tom London also appears as a marshal.
In the video I watched, issued by Republic Pictures Home Video there are three minutes cut out. The key scene deleted involves the fate of the Farnum character and his young daughter, which some must have thought was too disturbing for young audiences. But I do not understand why the video didn't contain the complete version.
Nevertheless, "Santa Fe Stampede" is a good way to spend an hour.
SANTA FE STAMPEDE
DIRECTED BY GEORGE SHERMAN
PRODUCED BY WILLIAM A. BERKE
Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
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
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)
Betty Burbridge screenplay
William Colt MacDonald characters
Luci Ward story and screenplay
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".
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