Range Defenders (June 30, 1937)
Released on June 30, 1937: The Three Mesquiteers help a young cow rancher who was framed for murdering a sheep rancher.
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Directed by Mack V. Wright
Written by Joseph F. Poland based on characters created by William Colt MacDonald
The Actors: Robert Livingston (Stony Brook), Ray Corrigan (Tucson Smith), Max Terhune (Lullaby Joslin), Eleanor Stewart (Sylvia Ashton), Harry Woods (John Harvey), Earle Hodgins (Sheriff Honest Dan Gray), Thomas Carr (George Brook), Yakima Canutt (henchman Hodge), John Merton (henchman Craig), Harrison Greene (auctioneer), Horace B. Carpenter (Pete), Frank Ellis (henchman), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (the cook), Ernie Adams (cowhand), Chris Allen (townsman), Charles Brinley (townsman), Bob Card (townsman), Art Dillard (townsman), Curley Dresden (henchman Brown), Jack Evans (townsman), Billy Franey (man playing jukebox), Helen Gibson (townswoman), Wally Howe (man watching fight), Jack Kirk (stagecoach driver Bill), Donald Kirke (townsman), Jack Low (man who shoots parrot), Clyde McClary (man at auction), Merrill McCormick (henchman), Lafe McKee (elderly rancher), Lew Meehan (townsman), Milburn Morante (townsman), George Morrell (townsman), Jack O'Shea (deputy), Tex Palmer (rider), Fred Parker (townsman), Bud Pope (cowhand), Bob Reeves (cowhand), Jack Rockwell (auction bidder), C.L. Sherwood (rancher), Al Taylor (henchman), Wally West (cowhand)
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Can Comedy Kill Crime?
The famous Three Mesquiteers are at it again, crushing crime with comedy and fast fists, but this time they may have met their match. Stony's brother comes to town and shows Stony and the Mesquiteers a wanted poster that claims Stony's kid brother killed a sheep rancher. Stony's brother claims that he did not kill anyone, and that the Sheriff is in cahoots with the big boss of the sheep men, and have framed the cow rancher for murder. The Three Mesquiteers mount up and head to the town where a sheep man owns the town Sheriff and is the political boss that controls who can vote for Sheriff, and who gets arrested . . . and who gets convicted. His word is law, and anyone he doesn't like is branded a criminal and gotten out of the way. When the Three Mesqueiteers hit town they use good natured comedy, and the magic and ventriloquism of Max Therhune and his dummy Elmer. When comedy and wit fail to win the day the three hombres show everyone that they are even more talented with their fists and their guns. Tucson Smith, played by Ray Corrigan, decides to run for Sheriff against the fellow owned by political boss John Harvey, but it may not be so easy to overthrow a town Sheriff that has the guns of sheep man Harvey behind him. With the dawn of election day, political boss Harvey has all his men in town to vote . . . and they are armed and standing around the town just waiting for anyone to try to vote who isn't on their side . . . You see, in this democratic election anyone who isn't going to vote the way the big boys want them to is branded an outlaw and run out of town, so it doesn't look good for the Mesquiteer running for Sheriff. Not only that, but Stony and his kid brother George have been captured and at the big man's order will be quickly tried by the corrupt Sheriff and hung before any of the cow ranchers can get to town to try to vote out the corrupt Sheriff . . . . This may be the end for Stony and his kid brother while the other Mesquiteers are helpless to save them from the corrupt town . . . . . Or maybe not . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ray Corrigan runs for Sheriff
Earl Hodgins and Harry Woods
Earl Hodgins debates with Elmer the dummy
Eleanor Stewart meets Robert Livingston
Harry Woods and Harrison Greene
Horace B. Carpenter and Robert Livingston
Robert Livingston, Harry Woods and Earle Hodgins
Robert Livingston and Harry Woods