Three Texas Steers (1939)

56-57 mins | Western | 12 May 1939

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HISTORY

HR news items noted that the start of this film was held up due to John Wayne's participation in John Ford's Stagecoach (See Entry). Modern sources include Dave Willock and Ted Mapes in the cast. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Three Mesquiteers ... More Less

HR news items noted that the start of this film was held up due to John Wayne's participation in John Ford's Stagecoach (See Entry). Modern sources include Dave Willock and Ted Mapes in the cast. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Three Mesquiteers . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Jun 39
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jun 39
p. 52.
Variety
2 Aug 39
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by William Colt MacDonald.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 May 1939
Production Date:
17 March--late March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8880
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56-57
Length(in feet):
5,050
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5251
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Nancy Evans, the proud owner of the West-East circus, is continually pestered by George Ward, the manager of the circus, to sell the ranch in Mesquite County which her grandfather left her. Nancy refuses because she does not need the money, but soon a series of mysterious accidents occur that drive the circus into bankruptcy. Nancy again refuses to sell, however, as the circus people now need the ranch as a place to live. Unknown to Nancy, Ward and his henchman Steve are scheming to buy her ranch at a low price because it is to be the site of a new state dam and thus is very valuable. Ward and Steve vow to drive Nancy off her ranch, just as the accidents they arranged have driven her circus out of business. The circus people make the journey to Mesquite, where they are rescued from a run-in with Ward's men by Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin, who are known as The Three Mesquiteers. Nancy and the others then settle on what they think is the W-E ranch, but is actually the 3-M ranch with the sign turned upside-down. The Mesquiteers, who know that the real W-E ranch is in terrible disrepair, haven't the heart to tell Nancy so they try to fix up the W-E ranch for her. During the Mesquiteers' first night at the W-E ranch, Ward's men, who do not know that Nancy is at the 3-M ranch, set the barn on fire, but the Mesquiteers put it out and rescue the horses. The next day, the trio inform Nancy of the mixup but offer to let her stay ... +


Nancy Evans, the proud owner of the West-East circus, is continually pestered by George Ward, the manager of the circus, to sell the ranch in Mesquite County which her grandfather left her. Nancy refuses because she does not need the money, but soon a series of mysterious accidents occur that drive the circus into bankruptcy. Nancy again refuses to sell, however, as the circus people now need the ranch as a place to live. Unknown to Nancy, Ward and his henchman Steve are scheming to buy her ranch at a low price because it is to be the site of a new state dam and thus is very valuable. Ward and Steve vow to drive Nancy off her ranch, just as the accidents they arranged have driven her circus out of business. The circus people make the journey to Mesquite, where they are rescued from a run-in with Ward's men by Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin, who are known as The Three Mesquiteers. Nancy and the others then settle on what they think is the W-E ranch, but is actually the 3-M ranch with the sign turned upside-down. The Mesquiteers, who know that the real W-E ranch is in terrible disrepair, haven't the heart to tell Nancy so they try to fix up the W-E ranch for her. During the Mesquiteers' first night at the W-E ranch, Ward's men, who do not know that Nancy is at the 3-M ranch, set the barn on fire, but the Mesquiteers put it out and rescue the horses. The next day, the trio inform Nancy of the mixup but offer to let her stay on until the circus gets back on its feet. They also offer to help Nancy get a permit to perform at the country fair. When Ward states that they need $1,000 for equipment, they loan the money to Nancy in exchange for the mortgage on her ranch. When Lullaby takes the deed to town to record it, however, Ward's cohort, Mike Abbott, buys it from him for $1,500. While Lullaby is gone, Nancy receives a letter from the state offering her $75,000 for her ranch. Nancy is ecstatic but when Lullaby returns and explains that he sold the mortgage and then was robbed of the money as he was riding back. Nancy believes that the Mesquiteers swindled her, so after she storms off, they go to Ward's hotel room, where they find a previous letter from the state which reveals Ward's knowledge of the dam. They try to inform Nancy, but she refuses to believe them. The Mesquiteers then realize that not only do they need to get money for her but also for themselves, or else they will not be able to meet their own mortgage payment. They steal Nancy's show horse Rajah and begin training him to be a trotter in order to enter him in an upcoming race with a prize of $2,500. Overcoming various obstacles, the Mesquiteers and Nancy, who has been won over by them, attend the race and Rajah wins. Ward's attempt to interfere with the race proves his culpability to Nancy, and after he and his gang are arrested, Nancy sells her ranch to the state. Now financially secure, the circus people thank the Mesquiteers for their help and move on to begin performing again. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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