Wild Horse Mesa (1947)

60-61 mins | Western | 13 November 1947

Director:

Wallace Grissell

Writer:

Norman Houston

Producer:

Herman Schlom

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Lucius O. Croxton

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The opening title card reads: "RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents Tim Holt in Zane Grey's Wild Horse Mesa ." Grey's novel was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine beginning on 19 Apr 1924. According to HR , the film was shot in Lone Pine, CA, and at RKO's studio ranch in Encino, CA. In 1925, George B. Seitz directed Noah Berry and Jack Holt, Tim Holt's father, in a silent Paramount version of Grey's story, which was titled Wild Horse Mesa (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). In 1932, Henry Hathaway directed a second Paramount version, also called Wild Horse Mesa , starring Randolph Scott and Sally Blane (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

The opening title card reads: "RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents Tim Holt in Zane Grey's Wild Horse Mesa ." Grey's novel was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine beginning on 19 Apr 1924. According to HR , the film was shot in Lone Pine, CA, and at RKO's studio ranch in Encino, CA. In 1925, George B. Seitz directed Noah Berry and Jack Holt, Tim Holt's father, in a silent Paramount version of Grey's story, which was titled Wild Horse Mesa (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). In 1932, Henry Hathaway directed a second Paramount version, also called Wild Horse Mesa , starring Randolph Scott and Sally Blane (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Nov 1947.
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Film Daily
21 Nov 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 47
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 47
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 47
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 47
p. 3.
Variety
19 Nov 47
p. 8.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Wild Horse Mesa by Zane Grey (New York, 1928).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Zane Grey's Wild Horse Mesa
Release Date:
13 November 1947
Production Date:
late July--early August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1334
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in feet):
5,445
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12629
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Confident they know the location of a herd of wild horses, Pop Melhern and his daughter Sue have hired a group of cowboys to help them round up the animals. When their search yields nothing, cowboy Hod Slack demands that Pop pay him and the other men immediately, but Dave Jordan, a hand who is in love with Sue, rallies the men to continue. Dave and his sidekick, Chito Rafferty, then stumble on the powerful stallion Panquich, who leads them to the rest of the enormous herd. As the cowboys are rounding up the horses, rival horse trader Jim Horn, who is working for businessman Jay Olmstead, arrives with his men. Horn tries to steal the horses at gunpoint, but loses the ensuing fight. The next morning, Slack traps Panquich in a makeshift barb-wire corral. Seeing the proud animal torn by the wire, an enraged Dave brawls with Slack, who is then fired by Pop. After Slack vows revenge, Dave comforts Panquich and prepares to break him. Horn, meanwhile, reports Pop's find to Olmstead, and the crooked Olmstead devises a plan whereby he can steal Pop's horses. He offers Pop $32,000 for the herd, then, while accompanying him back to the horse camp, murders him with the butt of his gun and steals his cash. Before Olmstead can flee, Slack, who has been following him from town, appears and blackmails him into making him his partner. Back at the horse camp, Sue realizes that Panquich cannot be tamed by Dave and sets him free. Olmstead then rides up and, presenting his bill of sale, demands the horses. Suspicious of Olmstead, ... +


Confident they know the location of a herd of wild horses, Pop Melhern and his daughter Sue have hired a group of cowboys to help them round up the animals. When their search yields nothing, cowboy Hod Slack demands that Pop pay him and the other men immediately, but Dave Jordan, a hand who is in love with Sue, rallies the men to continue. Dave and his sidekick, Chito Rafferty, then stumble on the powerful stallion Panquich, who leads them to the rest of the enormous herd. As the cowboys are rounding up the horses, rival horse trader Jim Horn, who is working for businessman Jay Olmstead, arrives with his men. Horn tries to steal the horses at gunpoint, but loses the ensuing fight. The next morning, Slack traps Panquich in a makeshift barb-wire corral. Seeing the proud animal torn by the wire, an enraged Dave brawls with Slack, who is then fired by Pop. After Slack vows revenge, Dave comforts Panquich and prepares to break him. Horn, meanwhile, reports Pop's find to Olmstead, and the crooked Olmstead devises a plan whereby he can steal Pop's horses. He offers Pop $32,000 for the herd, then, while accompanying him back to the horse camp, murders him with the butt of his gun and steals his cash. Before Olmstead can flee, Slack, who has been following him from town, appears and blackmails him into making him his partner. Back at the horse camp, Sue realizes that Panquich cannot be tamed by Dave and sets him free. Olmstead then rides up and, presenting his bill of sale, demands the horses. Suspicious of Olmstead, Dave refuses to turn over the herd until he hears from Pop. Dave and Chito soon find Pop's abandoned body and also discover a button lying nearby that came from a gun handle. Sure that the button fits in the murder weapon, Dave rides to town and confronts Horn and Slack in the saloon. An angry Olmstead arrives with the marshal, who, while sympathetic to Dave's position, insists that he needs more evidence against Olmstead. Determined to obtain that evidence, Dave breaks into Olmstead's office that night and is discovered by the businessman. During the ensuing scuffle, Dave retrieves Olmstead's gun and knocks his foe unconscious. After Dave fits the button into the butt of Olmstead's gun, he tells Sue that he has found her father's killer. At the same time, however, Slack, who has witnessed the fight, tells Olmstead that he should flee town immediately and then tricks him into opening his safe. Slack then kills Olmstead and steals his money. The next morning, the marshal arrests Dave for Olmstead's murder, but Chito, aware that Slack is planning to raid the camp, soon breaks Dave out of jail. Dave and Chito arrive at the camp in time to warn Sue and her cowboys, and together they confront Slack and his gun-wielding gang. After the ensuing gunfight reaches an impasse, Slack tries to charge Sue and Dave, but Dave counters by causing the herd to stampede. Panquitch then appears and starts to trample the terrified Slack. The subdued Slack is arrested by the marshal, who has since found out that Dave's gun did not kill Olmstead, and Sue and Dave's happy future is finally assured. As Sue and Dave watch, Panquitch returns to the wilderness. +

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