King of the Wild Horses (1933)

60-61 or 65-66 mins | Western | 10 November 1933

Director:

Earl Haley

Cinematographer:

Benjamin Kline

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Wild Horse Stampede . According to press information, the film was shot entirely on location at the Navajo and Hopi reservations in AZ. Publicity information also noted that various Indian ceremonies were captured on film, and approximately 2,000 Indians appear as extras. The film was also released as Rex, King of the Wild Horses , and was re-released in Jun 1938. The picture was remade by Columbia in 1947 as King of the Wild Horses , directed by George Archainbaud and starring Preston Foster and Gail ... More Less

The working title of this film was Wild Horse Stampede . According to press information, the film was shot entirely on location at the Navajo and Hopi reservations in AZ. Publicity information also noted that various Indian ceremonies were captured on film, and approximately 2,000 Indians appear as extras. The film was also released as Rex, King of the Wild Horses , and was re-released in Jun 1938. The picture was remade by Columbia in 1947 as King of the Wild Horses , directed by George Archainbaud and starring Preston Foster and Gail Patrick. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Oct 33
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Mar 34
p. 10.
Film Daily
7 Jun 38
p. 9.
Variety
27 Mar 34
p. 12.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wild Horse Stampede
Rex, King of the Wild Horses
Release Date:
10 November 1933
Production Date:
15 August--7 September 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 October 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4200
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61 or 65-66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In an attempt to steal thousands of horses from a Navajo tribe in Arizona, outlaw Clint Bolling pretends to be a government inspector assigned to weed out the tribe's diseased animals. Bolling's forged documents allow him and his gang access to the herd, which is led by the magnificent stallion "Rex." While Bolling trains his horse, "Marquis," to lead the horses into a trap, the Indians hold a high council to celebrate the coming of age of Red Wolf. Big Man, Red Wolf's father, was once the most celebrated member of the tribe, and he decides that in order to prove his manhood, his son must capture and tame Rex. Red Wolf trails Rex into the desert and finally captures him in quicksand. Red Wolf becomes obsessed with training the beautiful animal, and even forgets Wanima, the beautiful maiden who loves him. Desperate to get rid of Rex so that Marquis can take control of the herd, Bolling goes to the corral under the pretense of inspecting Rex's health, although he really intends to kill him. Bolling torments the spirited animal until Rex, filled with hatred, escapes in pursuit of Bolling after the impostor is forced to leave the corral. News arrives from Washington that Bolling is a fake, and the tribe also searches for him. As they arrive at his hiding place, Marquis is leading the horses into a trap, but Rex suddenly appears. After a desperate fight with Marquis, Rex kills the other horse and sends his herd to safety. Rex then finds Bolling cowering in a crevice and tramples him with his hooves. Red Wolf proudly ties Rex ... +


In an attempt to steal thousands of horses from a Navajo tribe in Arizona, outlaw Clint Bolling pretends to be a government inspector assigned to weed out the tribe's diseased animals. Bolling's forged documents allow him and his gang access to the herd, which is led by the magnificent stallion "Rex." While Bolling trains his horse, "Marquis," to lead the horses into a trap, the Indians hold a high council to celebrate the coming of age of Red Wolf. Big Man, Red Wolf's father, was once the most celebrated member of the tribe, and he decides that in order to prove his manhood, his son must capture and tame Rex. Red Wolf trails Rex into the desert and finally captures him in quicksand. Red Wolf becomes obsessed with training the beautiful animal, and even forgets Wanima, the beautiful maiden who loves him. Desperate to get rid of Rex so that Marquis can take control of the herd, Bolling goes to the corral under the pretense of inspecting Rex's health, although he really intends to kill him. Bolling torments the spirited animal until Rex, filled with hatred, escapes in pursuit of Bolling after the impostor is forced to leave the corral. News arrives from Washington that Bolling is a fake, and the tribe also searches for him. As they arrive at his hiding place, Marquis is leading the horses into a trap, but Rex suddenly appears. After a desperate fight with Marquis, Rex kills the other horse and sends his herd to safety. Rex then finds Bolling cowering in a crevice and tramples him with his hooves. Red Wolf proudly ties Rex beside Wanima's hogan, thereby indicating that the couple is engaged, and Wanima's father and Big Man begin bargaining over whether the dowry shall be forty or fifty sheep. +

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