Wild Horse Mesa (1932)

60 or 72.5 mins | Western | 25 November 1932

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HISTORY

Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine, beginning 24 Apr 1924. According to the copyright synopsis, "Rand" kills "Bent" just before he is killed by "Panquitch." Neither the viewed film nor the script, however, suggests that "Bent" is killed, although he does not reappear at the end of the film. According to copyright records, the film was shot on location near Flagstaff, AZ, and used 350 Navajo Indians as extras. Paramount previously made an adaptation of Grey's novel in 1925, which was directed by George B. Seitz and starred Jack Holt and Noah Beery (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6371). RKO produced a third adaptation in 1947, directed by Wallace A. Grissell and starring Tim Holt (son of Jack Holt) and Nan Leslie (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 941-50 ... More Less

Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine, beginning 24 Apr 1924. According to the copyright synopsis, "Rand" kills "Bent" just before he is killed by "Panquitch." Neither the viewed film nor the script, however, suggests that "Bent" is killed, although he does not reappear at the end of the film. According to copyright records, the film was shot on location near Flagstaff, AZ, and used 350 Navajo Indians as extras. Paramount previously made an adaptation of Grey's novel in 1925, which was directed by George B. Seitz and starred Jack Holt and Noah Beery (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6371). RKO produced a third adaptation in 1947, directed by Wallace A. Grissell and starring Tim Holt (son of Jack Holt) and Nan Leslie (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 941-50 ). More Less

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 32
p. 3.
Variety
17 Jan 33
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 November 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3442
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 72.5
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In Four Corners, outlaw Rand plans to rustle horses from the Indian reservation into a barbed wire corral. Cowboy Chane Weymer blows up the fence and warns Rand not to steal from the Indians. Intimidated, Rand leaves, but his barbed wire has caught and killed a young colt, angering its father, "Panquitch," leader of the wild horses. Rand involves Ma "The General" Melberne, owner of the general store, in his scheme to capture the horses, but does not tell her that it is illegal, or that the horses will be maimed by the barbed wire. That night Chane's brother Bent locks up the store, but is knocked out by Rand and his men, who rob the safe and frame Bent for the robbery. Later, without showing his face, Chane throws money into the store and claims responsibility for the crime, but eludes the sheriff. Later that evening, he returns to the store and talks with Sandy, the General's daughter who is in love with Bent, and finds a piece of a pearl-handled gun. The General sells her store and with her brother, Sam Bass, Sandy and Bent, joins Rand for the wild horse roundup. In the desert, Sandy watches as Chane tries to capture Panquitch, but when he sees she is in the way of a stampede, he gives up Panquitch to rescue her. Since Sally has hurt her ankle, he takes her to an Indian camp where she spends the night. Chane returns her to Rand's camp the next day, and is chagrined to discover that Bent and Sally are engaged, but stays at the camp until nightfall. In ... +


In Four Corners, outlaw Rand plans to rustle horses from the Indian reservation into a barbed wire corral. Cowboy Chane Weymer blows up the fence and warns Rand not to steal from the Indians. Intimidated, Rand leaves, but his barbed wire has caught and killed a young colt, angering its father, "Panquitch," leader of the wild horses. Rand involves Ma "The General" Melberne, owner of the general store, in his scheme to capture the horses, but does not tell her that it is illegal, or that the horses will be maimed by the barbed wire. That night Chane's brother Bent locks up the store, but is knocked out by Rand and his men, who rob the safe and frame Bent for the robbery. Later, without showing his face, Chane throws money into the store and claims responsibility for the crime, but eludes the sheriff. Later that evening, he returns to the store and talks with Sandy, the General's daughter who is in love with Bent, and finds a piece of a pearl-handled gun. The General sells her store and with her brother, Sam Bass, Sandy and Bent, joins Rand for the wild horse roundup. In the desert, Sandy watches as Chane tries to capture Panquitch, but when he sees she is in the way of a stampede, he gives up Panquitch to rescue her. Since Sally has hurt her ankle, he takes her to an Indian camp where she spends the night. Chane returns her to Rand's camp the next day, and is chagrined to discover that Bent and Sally are engaged, but stays at the camp until nightfall. In the meantime, Rand tries to turn Bent against his brother, and plots to kill Chane and plant some of the stolen money on him. After Chane matches the piece from the pearl-handled gun to Rand's gun, they fight. They "jail" Rand in the barbed wire, while the herd of horses is sent toward him by his own men, who are unaware of his situation. Rand frees himself, but Panquitch chases him until he falls off a cliff and dies. Later, the Indians gift Chane with Panquitch, but he sets him free after Sally promises to marry him if Panquitch can return to his mate. +

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