"The King of B-Westerns & Serials ... VCI Entertainment ...
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 09/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment present "The Three Mesquiteers Double Feature Vol. 3" (The Three Mesquiteers (1938) & Roarin Lead (1941) (Dolby digitally remastered)...based on characters by William Colt MacDonald from 1936 to 1943 there were 51 films all from Republic Pictures --- out of the film series there were 14 films featuring Bob Livingston (as Stony Brooke), Ray Corrigan (as Tucson Smith), Max Terhune (as Lullaby Joslin), they are as follows "GHOST TOWN GOLD" (1936) .. "ROARIN' LEAD" (1936) .. "RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL" (1937) .. "HIT THE SADDLE" (1937) .. "GUNSMOKE RANCH" (1937) .. "COME ON, COWBOYS" (1937) .. "RANGE DEFENDERS" (1937) .. "HEART OF THE ROCKIES" (1937) .. "WILD HORSE RODEO" (1937) .. "THE PURPLE VIGILANTES" (1938) .. "CALL THE MESQUITEERS" (1938) .. "OUTLAWS OF SONORA" (1938) .. "RIDERS OF THE BLACK HILLS" (1938) .. "HEROES OF THE HILLS" (1938) --- relive those thrilling days from the early '30s and '40s when "The Three Mesquiteers" took us down the dusty trails with some of the best B-Westerns ever to grace the Saturday Matinee Screen...just remember double the thrills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement..."The Three Mesquiteers Series" of B-westerns were a staple of Saturday matinees in the late 30's and 1940s ... don't miss any of "The Three Mesquiteers" features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of this B-Western adventure series.
First up of this double feature VCI Entertainment and released by Republic Pictures.present "THE THREE MESQUITEERS" (1936) (55 mins/B&W) ... Under Ray Taylor (Director), Nat Levine (Producer), Sol C. Siegel (Associate Producer), Charles R. Condon (Story), William Colt MacDonald (Created Characters), Jack Natteford (Screenplay), William Nobles (Cinematographer), William P. Thompson (Editor) ----- cast includes Robert Livingston (Stony Brooke), Ray Corrigan (Tucson Smith), Syd Saylor .(Lullaby Joslin), Kay Hughes (Marian Bryant), J.P. McGowan (Brack Canfield), Al Bridge (Olin Canfield), Frank Yaconelli .(Pete (Italian vet), John Merton (Bull (chief henchman), Gene Marvey (Bob Bryant), Milburn Stone (John (a vet), Duke York (Chuck (one-armed vet), Nina Quartero (Rosita (waitress), Allen Connor (Milt (one-legged vet) . . . . . our story brings the trio Livingston, Corriage and Saylor meeting up with World War I buddies and heading west for some adventure ...outlaws rule this territory and the bullets are flying ... this is the first of 51 Three Mesquiteer films, and the only appearance by comedy and character actor Syd Saylor --- meanwhile back to another great Three Mesquiteers provided by Republic Pictures during their heyday of the '30s.
The second film is from Republic Pictures "ROARIN LEAD" (1937) (54 min/B&W) ... Under Sam Newfield (Director), Mack Wright (Director), Nat Levine (Producer), Oliver Drake (Screenwriter), William Colt MacDonald (Short Story Author), Jack Natteford (Screenwriter), William Nobles (Cinematographer), William P. Thompson (Editor) ----- Robert Livingston (Stony Brooke), Ray Corrigan (Tucson Smith), Max Terhune (Lullaby Joslin), Christine Maple (Doris Moore), Hooper Atchley (Hackett), Yakima Canutt (Henchman Canary), George Chesebro (Captain Gardner), Tommy Bupp (Bobby), Mary Russell (Blondie), Jane Keckley (Mrs. Perkins), Tamara Lynn Kauffman (Baby Mary), Beverly Luff (Prima donna), Theodore Frye (Apache dancer), Kathy Frye (Dancer), Frank Austin (Mr. Perkins), The Meglin Kiddies (Dancers), . . . . . our head badman of this oater is Hooper Atchley and he's as mean as they come, is out to bankrupt the Cattlemen's Association and rustler all the cattle on the Republic Picture lot ... Yakima Canutt is about to confess all his misdeeds to the trio Livingston, Corrigan and Terhune, will our heroes be able to save the orphanage . . . . . another great B-Western for The Three Mesquiteers under the Republic Pictures banner, proves to be one of his most exciting performances.
1. Robert Livingston (aka: Robert Edgar Randall)
Date of birth: 9 December 1904 - Quincy, Illinois
Date of death: 7 March 1988 - Tarzana, California
2. Ray Corrigan (aka: Raymond Benard)
Date of birth: 14 February 1902 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Date of death: 10 August 1976 - Brookings Harbor, Oregon
3. Max Terhune
Date of birth: 12 February 1891 - Anderson, Indiana,
Date of death: 5 June 1973 - Los Angeles, California
4. Syd Saylor (aka: Leo Sailor)
Date of birth: 24 March 1895 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of death: 21 December 1962 - Hollywood, California
If you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure check out other western double features:
THREE MESQUITEERS WESTERN DOUBLE FEATURES:
VOL 1 ... GHOST TOWN GOLD & COME ON COWBOYS (VCI #7215)
VOL 2 ... HIT THE SADDLE & HEART OF THE ROCKIES (VCI #7218)
VOL 3 ... THE THREE MESQUITEERS & ROARIN' LEAD (VCI #7254)
VOL 4 ... PURPLE VIGILANTES & PRAIRIE PIONEERS (VCI #7277)
VOL 5 ... OUTLAWS OF SONORA & WEST OF CIMARRON (VCI #7290)
VOL.6 ... CALL THE MESQUITEERS & RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (VCI #7310)
Ask Amazon.Com to carry the above 6 volumes as they are not available on Amazon as of yet...you can order and pick up your copy now from VCI Entertainment.
Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "The Three Mesquiteers Double Feature Vol. 3" (The Three Mesquiteers (1938) & Roarin Lead (1941), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD and VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just the way we like 'em
Total Time: 109 on DVD ~ VCI Home Video #7254 ~ (9/12/2004)"
Begins a long list of firsts from Republic
Robert Jones | Cross Lanes, WV | 11/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just as the Lone Ranger had his William Tell Overture, so this series had its easily recognizad music and is one of the most charming, "tuneful" bits of film composing ever. Had it been done at Disney or Warners, it would haved been up for a nomination. Only now are the children of Republic as I call my generation, realising how right we were in knowing there was something more than B/ Saturday entertainment here. The concept has never changed in trio casting, all the way to Gunsmoke, to Bonanza and even Star Wars, you have the dependable, mature big brother. the young reckless "little" brother, and the comic relief character. But as I have written elsewhere in these reviews, the crowning glory at Republic was its camera work and music scores. Along with WiliiamLava's Don Red Barry title/credit music, The "Sceeters" music rivals Bonanza's.
Otherwise any of the movies in this series is just what you expect and expect to enjoy. No dissapointment there."