Riders of the Whistling Skull

Overview

In perhaps their most unusual Western adventure, the Three Mesqueteers -- Stony (Bob Livingston), Tucson (Ray Corrigan), and Lullaby (Max Terhune) -- go in search of Professor Marsh (John Van Pelt), an archeologist who vanished while searching for the lost city of Lukachukai. Along for the ride are Marsh's daughter, Betty (Mary Russell); Rutledge (Roger Williams); and an Indian guide, Otah (Yakima Canutt). The expedition heads straight for the Whistling Skull, a huge rock formation in the "nostril" of which the ...
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Overview

In perhaps their most unusual Western adventure, the Three Mesqueteers -- Stony (Bob Livingston), Tucson (Ray Corrigan), and Lullaby (Max Terhune) -- go in search of Professor Marsh (John Van Pelt), an archeologist who vanished while searching for the lost city of Lukachukai. Along for the ride are Marsh's daughter, Betty (Mary Russell); Rutledge (Roger Williams); and an Indian guide, Otah (Yakima Canutt). The expedition heads straight for the Whistling Skull, a huge rock formation in the "nostril" of which the Mesqueteers discover the missing scientist, gaunt but alive among several mummies. Both Rutledge and Otah prove to be less than helpful, however, and at one point Betty and Stony go missing and are feared lost. As Tucson learns, the natives are under the influence of a fanatical white man, but who is he? Oliver Drake and John Rathmell's screenplay was later reworked into a latter-day Charlie Chan thriller The Feathered Serpent (1949), which featured Bob Livingston as the villain.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although not remembered as a particularly inventive director, former actor Mack V. Wright manages to wring every drop of excitement from Oliver Drake and Bernard McConville's colorful story, which was not so much based on William Colt McDonald, the creator of The Three Mesqueteers, as on Republic Pictures' flair for making fast-paced action serials. But unlike the chapterplays, the studio spent quite a bit of money on this Western thriller, including expensive location work at St. George, UT, and effective use of glass shots to depict the non-existing "Whistling Skull."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 089218418593
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,382

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max "Alibi" Terhune Lullaby Joslin
Mary Russell Betty Marsh
Roger Williams Rutledge
Ray "Crash" Corrigan Tucson Smith
Fern Emmett Henrietta McCoy
C. Montague Shaw Prof. Faxon
Yakima Canutt Otah
John Ward Prof. Brewster
George Godfrey Prof. Fronc
Earle Ross Prof. Cleary
Frank Ellis Coggins
Eddie Boland
Iron Eyes Cody Indian
Ken Cooper
Jack Kirk Deputy
Tracy Layne Henchman
Bob Livingston Stony Brooke
Edward Peil Sr. Sheriff Tex Blaine
Tom Steele
Chief Thundercloud High Priest
John VanPelt Prof. Marsh
Wally West
Roland Winters
Technical Credits
Mack Wright Director
Jacques Aubran Score Composer, Songwriter
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer, Songwriter
Oliver Drake Screenwriter
Harry Grey Musical Direction/Supervision
Karl Hajos Score Composer
Harry Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Kay Score Composer, Songwriter
Nat Levine Producer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Tony Martinelli Editor
Bernard McConville Original Story
John Rathmell Screenwriter
Hugo Riesenfeld Score Composer
Leon Rosebrook Score Composer, Songwriter
Murray Seldeen Editor
Sol C. Siegel Associate Producer
J.S. Zamecnik Score Composer, Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:34]
2. Chapter 2 [7:09]
3. Chapter 3 [8:58]
4. Chapter 4 [8:54]
5. Chapter 5 [7:48]
6. Chapter 6 [9:35]
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