Night Riders

The Night Riders

Director: George Sherman

Cast: George Sherman, John Wayne, Max "Alibi" Terhune, Doreen McKay

     
 

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This "Three Mesquiteers" western is based upon the exploits of one James Addison Reavis, a clever 19th century con artist who through a series of elaborate land swindlers tried to declare himself owner of the state of Arizona (Reavis' checkered career was later the basis for Samuel Fuller's The Baron of Arizona, starring Vincent Price). George Douglas plays the

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This "Three Mesquiteers" western is based upon the exploits of one James Addison Reavis, a clever 19th century con artist who through a series of elaborate land swindlers tried to declare himself owner of the state of Arizona (Reavis' checkered career was later the basis for Samuel Fuller's The Baron of Arizona, starring Vincent Price). George Douglas plays the Reavis character, here named Talbot. Establishing himself as dictator of an unnamed western territory, Talbot taxes the citizens beyond endurance. Enter the Three Mesquiteers-Stony Brooke (John Wayne), Tucson Smith (Ray Corrigan) and Lullaby Joslin (Max Terhune) - who don capes and masks to do battle with Talbot's minions under cover of darkness. Part of the plot hinges on the fact that only President Garfield knows that the Mesquiteer's "crimes" are being committed on behalf of Liberty and Justice For All - and when Garfield is assassinated, our heroes are up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Perhaps the only film to feature President James Garfield (played here by an unidentified bit actor), this Three Mesquiteers series entry from Republic remains a no-nonsense, fast-paced oater typical of the bustling and never less than technically competent San Fernando Valley studio. It is amusing to see veteran Western star Tom Tyler, a future member of the ever-changing trio of heroes here playing one of villain George Douglas' henchmen. Republic Pictures was apparently enamored of masked vigilantes in 1939, the studio also releasing the 12-episode serial Zorro's Fighting Legion. In fact, a few of the riding sequences appear in both films. The Night Riders was remade by Republic as Arizona Terrors in 1942, again under the direction of the competent George Sherman.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
UPC:
0887090047104
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
22,546

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Stony Brooke
Max "Alibi" Terhune Lullaby Joslin
Doreen McKay Soledad
Ruth Rogers Susan Randall
George Douglas Don Luis De Serrano
Tom Tyler Jackson
Kermit Maynard Sheriff Pratt
Sammy McKim Tim
Walter Wills Hazelton
Ethan Laidlaw Andrews
Edward Peil Harper
Tom London Wilson
Jack Ingram Wilkins
William Nestell Allen
Yakima Canutt Actor
Olin Francis Actor
Jack Kirk Actor
Cactus Mack Actor
Bud Osborne Actor
Hal Price Actor
Hugh Prosser Actor
David Sharpe Actor
Lee Shumway Actor
Glenn Strange Actor
Francis Walker Actor
Roger Williams Actor
Hank Worden Actor
Francis Sayles James Garfield
Ray "Crash" Corrigan Tucson Smith

Technical Credits
George Sherman Director
William A. Berke Associate Producer
Betty Burbridge Screenwriter
William Lava Score Composer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Les Orlebeck Editor
Stanley Roberts Screenwriter

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