Santa Fe Stampede (1938)

56 mins | Western | 18 November 1938

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HISTORY

Although copyright records and most reviews list the actor portraying Newton as James Cassidy, the film lists him as John F. Cassidy. A news item in HR noted that European stage actress Jill Martin was "set for first lead" in the picture, however, June Martel played the female lead and Martin's participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include the following additional cast members: George Chesebro, Yakima Canutt, Bud Osborne, Richard Alexander, Nelson McDowell, Curley Dresden, Bill Wolfe, Charles King, Jerry Frank, Cliff Parkinson, Bob Woodward, Blackjack Ward, Robert Milasch , Jim Corey, Frank O'Connor, Marin Sais, Russ Powell, George Morrell, Horace B. Carpenter, Bud McClure, Charles Murphy, Griff Barnette and John Elliott. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Three Mesquiteers ... More Less

Although copyright records and most reviews list the actor portraying Newton as James Cassidy, the film lists him as John F. Cassidy. A news item in HR noted that European stage actress Jill Martin was "set for first lead" in the picture, however, June Martel played the female lead and Martin's participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include the following additional cast members: George Chesebro, Yakima Canutt, Bud Osborne, Richard Alexander, Nelson McDowell, Curley Dresden, Bill Wolfe, Charles King, Jerry Frank, Cliff Parkinson, Bob Woodward, Blackjack Ward, Robert Milasch , Jim Corey, Frank O'Connor, Marin Sais, Russ Powell, George Morrell, Horace B. Carpenter, Bud McClure, Charles Murphy, Griff Barnette and John Elliott. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Three Mesquiteers . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Dec 1938.
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Film Daily
8 Dec 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 38
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Dec 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Dec 38
p. 49.
Variety
7 Dec 38
p. 13.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 November 1938
Production Date:
began early October 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8442
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
4,982
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
4788
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Dave Carson wants to split the shares in his new gold mine with his friends Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin, known as The Three Mesquiteers, in exchange for their help in registering his claim. Carson is worried that crooked mayor Gilbert Byron and his henchmen will somehow steal the mine from him. Although the Mesquiteers catch one of Byron's men trying to steal Carson's horse while secretly trying to discover the mine's value, the weak justice of the peace, Henry J. Hixon, acquits the man. Tired of the town's lack of law enforcement, Carson and the Mesquiteers collect signatures on a petition to the territorial governor. On the way to deliver the petition and register their claim, Stony, Carson and Carson's little daughter Julie Jane are spied upon by Byron's men. After Stony leaves to register the claim, Carson and Julie Jane are killed before they can deliver the petition. In order to divert suspicion from themselves and stir the town up against the Mesquiteers, Byron and his men make believe that Stony had killed Carson and Julie Jane to keep the mine for himself. Carson's grown daughter Nancy and her brother Billy don't believe it and help Stony, Tucson and Lullaby, even though Byron has gotten the townspeople to burn down the jail where Stony is being held prisoner. Stony and Nancy narrowly escape being burned to death, but with the intercession of Hixon, who became incensed over Carson's murder, a telegraph message is sent to the governor and Byron and his henchmen are accused of the crime. When Byron realizes that Hixon has talked, he shoots him ... +


Dave Carson wants to split the shares in his new gold mine with his friends Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin, known as The Three Mesquiteers, in exchange for their help in registering his claim. Carson is worried that crooked mayor Gilbert Byron and his henchmen will somehow steal the mine from him. Although the Mesquiteers catch one of Byron's men trying to steal Carson's horse while secretly trying to discover the mine's value, the weak justice of the peace, Henry J. Hixon, acquits the man. Tired of the town's lack of law enforcement, Carson and the Mesquiteers collect signatures on a petition to the territorial governor. On the way to deliver the petition and register their claim, Stony, Carson and Carson's little daughter Julie Jane are spied upon by Byron's men. After Stony leaves to register the claim, Carson and Julie Jane are killed before they can deliver the petition. In order to divert suspicion from themselves and stir the town up against the Mesquiteers, Byron and his men make believe that Stony had killed Carson and Julie Jane to keep the mine for himself. Carson's grown daughter Nancy and her brother Billy don't believe it and help Stony, Tucson and Lullaby, even though Byron has gotten the townspeople to burn down the jail where Stony is being held prisoner. Stony and Nancy narrowly escape being burned to death, but with the intercession of Hixon, who became incensed over Carson's murder, a telegraph message is sent to the governor and Byron and his henchmen are accused of the crime. When Byron realizes that Hixon has talked, he shoots him in front of several witnesses, thus ending his control of the town. Finally, Stony promises to come back to Nancy and Billy when he, Tucson and Lullaby are able to get the machinery they need to work the mine. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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