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Hit the Saddle

USA 1937
produced by
Nat Levine for Republic Pictures
directed by Mack V. Wright
starring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan), Max Terhune, Rita Cansino (= Rita Hayworth), J.P. McGowan, Ed Cassidy, Sammy McKim, Yakima Canutt, Harry Tenbrook, Robert Smith, Eddie Boland, George Plues, Jack Kirk
written by Oliver Drake, Maurice Geraghty, based on characters by William Colt MacDonald, songs by Oliver Drake, Sam H. Stept

Three Mesquiteers, Republic's Three Mesquiteers

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Catching wild horses is forbidden in this part of the country, but that doesn't keep crooked landowner Rance McGowan (J.P.McGowan) from wanting to capture & sell them for good money, but the sheriff (Ed Cassidy) & the Mesquiteers (Bob Livingston as Stoney, Crash Corrigan as Tucson, Max Terhune as Lullaby) continuously spoil his plans.

So Rance comes up with a devillish plan, he paints one of his horses, Volcano, like a very distinctive & prominent pinto wild horse, & has Volcano, & a horde of his other horses, destroy the crops of the local farmers at night.

Soon enough the local farmers urge the sheriff & the Mesquiteers to go investigating, & indeed, that same night, they find the fake pinto, who promptly kills the sheriff ... & things couldn't look better for Rance McGowan, as soon the locals are willing to sign a petition to revoke the government's protection of wild horses.

The next day, the Mesquiteers go out to hunt down the (real) pinto, capture him too & bring him back to town, where Tucson - the newly appointed sheriff - has to defend him against an angry lynch mob & promise him - the horse - a fair trial.

Meanwhile, Stoney has fallen for lovely saloon singer Rita (Rita Cansino a.k.a. Hayworth), who before long arranges a wedding between them both - much to the dismay of Tucson & Lullaby, but their efforts to dissuade him avail to nought. So they paint her, the urbane actress, a rather backwood bicture of her husband to be, until she decides not only not to marry him but also to skip town in a hurry.

Stoney is devastated & - out of frustration - frees the pinto, whom he never believed guilty - & rides off with him, soon followed by a large posse.

He finds refuge, of all places, at Rance McGowan's farm ... where he soon spots Volcano, & before long sees through Rance's game. Fortunately his fellow Mesquiteers have followed Stoney'S trail, & after one of these shoot-outs the baddies are brought to justice & good prevails.

 

A rather silly plot (or actually two rather silly plots, the one about the horses, the other about Stoney getting married) cannot really destroy this film, a good-natured piece of B-Western with lots of chases, shoot-outs, a better than usual leading lady (Rita Hayworth early in her career), some nice shots of wild horses (though the most impressive sequence, the pinto fighting a black stallion, was actually lifted from the 1926 film The Devil Horse), & a bit of light comedy thrown in for good measure.

Of course, all of this doesn't make it a classic, or outstanding of its genre, but a good less-than-an-hour of entertainment.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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