Ghost-Town Gold (1936)

55 or 57 mins | Western | 26 October 1936

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HISTORY

According to HR news items, this picture was filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA, and Gilbert Wright was responsible for adapting "the second of the four William Colt MacDonald novels owned by Republic." It is unclear whether the news item was referring to this film, however, and Wright is not listed as a writer for the picture by any other contemporary source. Ghost-Town Gold marks the first appearance of vaudevillian ventriloquist Max Terhune and his dummy Elmer in the Three Mesquiteers series, and the first time Terhune, Robert Livingston and Ray Corrigan appeared together in the series; the trio appeared as The Three Mesquiteers the longest. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and entry below for The Three Mesquiteers ... More Less

According to HR news items, this picture was filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA, and Gilbert Wright was responsible for adapting "the second of the four William Colt MacDonald novels owned by Republic." It is unclear whether the news item was referring to this film, however, and Wright is not listed as a writer for the picture by any other contemporary source. Ghost-Town Gold marks the first appearance of vaudevillian ventriloquist Max Terhune and his dummy Elmer in the Three Mesquiteers series, and the first time Terhune, Robert Livingston and Ray Corrigan appeared together in the series; the trio appeared as The Three Mesquiteers the longest. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and entry below for The Three Mesquiteers . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Apr 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 37
p. 19, 20
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Apr 37
p. 14.
Variety
10 Feb 37
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 October 1936
Production Date:
29 August--8 September 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6707
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor "High Fidelity" Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55 or 57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
2589
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After Mesquiteers Stony Brooke and Tucson Smith send partner Lullaby Joslin to nearby Prospect to deposit their paycheck, they realize Lullaby volunteered for the duty in order to see the boxing match between Thunderbolt O'Brien and Wild Man Joe Kamatski. Fearful that Lullaby will wager all their money, Stony and Tucson head for town, where the local citizens are arguing about the upcoming fight. Mayor Thornton, who is also the bank president, believes that the fight, which is sponsored by saloon owner Barrington, is bringing bad elements to town. Thornton wants the fight to be canceled, and after a local boy, Tommy, is wounded in a gun battle between two ruffians, the townspeople agree with Thornton. The sheriff then tells Barrington that not only is the fight canceled, but his saloon has been closed and he must leave in forty-eight hours. Barrington is furious and for revenge has his henchmen, Stubby and Buck, rob Thornton's bank. The next morning, when the Mesquiteers deposit their check, Thornton and his daughter Sabina tell them about the robbery and confess they will be ruined if anyone makes a withdrawal. The Mesquiteers then forestall bank patron Mr. Crabtree when he attempts to withdraw money to buy a new suit, and the bank is temporarily saved after Mr. Withers makes a large deposit. Stony then tricks Tucson into agreeing to fight Kamatski, who is looking for a challenger since O'Brien walked out after Barrington's difficulties, so that they can make enough money through betting to help Sabina and Thornton. During the fight, Lullaby sees Jake Rawlins, an eccentric prospector who lives in nearby Nemesis, a ghost town, ... +


After Mesquiteers Stony Brooke and Tucson Smith send partner Lullaby Joslin to nearby Prospect to deposit their paycheck, they realize Lullaby volunteered for the duty in order to see the boxing match between Thunderbolt O'Brien and Wild Man Joe Kamatski. Fearful that Lullaby will wager all their money, Stony and Tucson head for town, where the local citizens are arguing about the upcoming fight. Mayor Thornton, who is also the bank president, believes that the fight, which is sponsored by saloon owner Barrington, is bringing bad elements to town. Thornton wants the fight to be canceled, and after a local boy, Tommy, is wounded in a gun battle between two ruffians, the townspeople agree with Thornton. The sheriff then tells Barrington that not only is the fight canceled, but his saloon has been closed and he must leave in forty-eight hours. Barrington is furious and for revenge has his henchmen, Stubby and Buck, rob Thornton's bank. The next morning, when the Mesquiteers deposit their check, Thornton and his daughter Sabina tell them about the robbery and confess they will be ruined if anyone makes a withdrawal. The Mesquiteers then forestall bank patron Mr. Crabtree when he attempts to withdraw money to buy a new suit, and the bank is temporarily saved after Mr. Withers makes a large deposit. Stony then tricks Tucson into agreeing to fight Kamatski, who is looking for a challenger since O'Brien walked out after Barrington's difficulties, so that they can make enough money through betting to help Sabina and Thornton. During the fight, Lullaby sees Jake Rawlins, an eccentric prospector who lives in nearby Nemesis, a ghost town, make a large wager on Tucson. Jake is holding a bag from Thornton's bank, which Barrington and Buck, who hid the loot in Nemesis, also see. Barrington arranges for the lights in the hall to go out, during which time he and Buck leave for Nemesis. The Mesquiteers and Sabina also go to the ghost town, which has been booby trapped by Jake. Barrington's gang arrive, but they are frightened by Jake's ghostly noises and traps. Sabina and the Mesquiteers retrieve the money from Jake and he helps them make their getaway, although the gang pursues them. Back in town, an angry mob accuses Thornton of robbing the bank with the Mesquiteers as his accomplices. The mob is about to attack Thornton when Sabina and the Mesquiteers arrive, force Barrington to confess and return the money to the bank. After the citizens run Barrington out of town, the triumphant Mesquiteers ride off to another adventure. +

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