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
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 poplular 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 4th.
Although, it is said, he found them to be dreary, and a drudgery.
Arthur and I, talked about these pictures on another thread,
and 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.
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