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Riders of the Whistling Skull (January 4, 1937)

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Riders of the Whistling Skull
 

Released on January 4, 1937: A young girl searching for her lost archeologist father in the remote southwest encounters devil-worshiping Indians and walking killer mummies in her search for the city of gold guarded by the cave of the whistling skull.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Mack V. Wright

The Actors: Robert Livingston (Stony Brooke), Ray Corrigan (Tucson Smith), Max Terhune (Lullabye Joslin), Mary Russell (Betty Marsh), Roger Williams (Rutledge), Fern Emmett (Henrietta), C. Montague Shaw (Professor Flaxon), Yakima Canutt (Otah), John Ward (Professor Brewster), George Godfrey (Professor Fronc), Earle Ross (Professor Cleary), Frank Ellis (Coggins), Chief Thundercloud (high priest), John Van Pelt (Professor Marsh), Iron Eyes Cody (American Indian), Ken Cooper (American Indian), Art Dillard (spectator), Jack Kirk (deputy), Tracy Layne (rancher), Edward Peil Sr. (Sheriff Tex Blaine), Tom Steele (American Indian), Wally West (American Indian)

 

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You Will Cry for Death and Find it Not

As our supernatural cowboy thriller opens we meet young Betty Marsh and a trio of scientists, who are at a trading post in the Southwestern United States. Betty’s father is missing, and Betty is leading a search party for him. Betty’s father and another scientist were searching for a lost city of gold, and have not been heard from in several months. As Betty and the archaeologists debate on how to begin a search, three men ride into town with a near-dead man who is ranting incoherently.

The three men are the Three Mesquiteers, a cowboy trio that made 51 cowboy movies between 1936 and 1943. Actors Robert Livingston and Ray Corrigan are accompanied by Max Terhune, who is the comic relief, along with his ventriloquist’s dummy Elmer.

The three Mesquiteers help the delirious old man into the trading post where Betty identifies him as the scientist that was her father’s partner. With glazed, terrified eyes the man tells of the fearful whistling skull guarding the lost city of gold, and then he produces a small golden figurine proving that he and Betty’s father did indeed discover the lost city and the golden riches. The man gets a look of fear on his face as he remembers and tells about the awful whistling skull . . . . The whistling skull that can drive a man mad with fear.

Suddenly the candles go out and a scream is heard. The old man who discovered the lost city of gold is dead on the floor. In his back is an Indian knife with an ancient inscription on it. The inscription on the knife proclaims that anyone searching for the lost city of gold will only discover misfortune . . . . They will cry for death, but find it not.

After an investigation by the Sheriff, we know that someone in that room is the killer, and someone in that room will do anything to stop the search for the hidden gold in the lost city protected by the whistling skull. So what is the next step for young Betty and the Three Mesquiteers? Of course, they must begin the search in the hills of the unexplored Southwest to discover the Whistling Skull, and the hidden treasure of gold, and find out if Betty’s father is still alive. The search begins, and death will be a constant companion as our adventurers search for the killer, and the secret of the whistling skull. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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