Covered Wagon Days (1940)

56 mins | Western | 22 April 1940

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HISTORY

A HR production chart places Al Taylor, Lee Shumway, Barry Hays and Elias Gamboa in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Dick Alexander, Art Mix, Jack Montgomery, Edward Hearn, Frank McCarroll, Jack Kirk, Herman Hack, Ken Terrell and Tex Palmer to the cast. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for The Three Mesquiteers in (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

A HR production chart places Al Taylor, Lee Shumway, Barry Hays and Elias Gamboa in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Dick Alexander, Art Mix, Jack Montgomery, Edward Hearn, Frank McCarroll, Jack Kirk, Herman Hack, Ken Terrell and Tex Palmer to the cast. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for The Three Mesquiteers in (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.4617). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 May 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 40
pp. 6-7.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 40
p. 27.
Motion Picture Herald
11 May 40
p. 52.
Variety
8 May 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by William Colt MacDonald.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 April 1940
Production Date:
mid March--late March 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9626
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Stony Brooke, Rusty Joslin and Rico, the Three Mesquiteers, are riding to Mexico to celebrate the marriage of Rico's brother Carlos when they are stopped at the border by officials who are investigating a ring smuggling silver into the United States. Unknown to the trio, the smugglers are operating by means of a tunnel that links a silver mine on each side of the border, and the Juanita mine on the Mexican side is owned by Rico's uncle, but has been closed for years. The smugglers, led by Ransome, the owner of the mining supply depot, attempt to buy the mine, but when the old man refuses to sell, Ransome orders him slain and frames Carlos for the murder. After Carlos is arrested, Ransome's men organize a lynch mob, but the Mesquiteers save Carlos from the hangman's noose and hide him in the hills. Feigning friendship for Carlos, Ransome sends Maria, Carlos' bride with a message for the fugitive, and then arranges for his men to follow her to the hideout. The Mesquiteers hold off the bushwackers while Carlos and Maria flee in her carriage, but when Carlos is wounded during the escape, Maria takes him to the army post, where he is arrested for murder. During Carlos' trial the next day, Stony sneaks into Ransome's store and discovers the entrance to a hidden mine shaft in the cellar. Meanwhile, Rico and Rusty visit the Juanita mine, where they also discover the hidden shaft housing the smuggled silver. As the Mesquiteers struggle with Ransome and his men, a keg of dynamite explodes, and in the chaos, Ransome escapes. Stony pursues ... +


Stony Brooke, Rusty Joslin and Rico, the Three Mesquiteers, are riding to Mexico to celebrate the marriage of Rico's brother Carlos when they are stopped at the border by officials who are investigating a ring smuggling silver into the United States. Unknown to the trio, the smugglers are operating by means of a tunnel that links a silver mine on each side of the border, and the Juanita mine on the Mexican side is owned by Rico's uncle, but has been closed for years. The smugglers, led by Ransome, the owner of the mining supply depot, attempt to buy the mine, but when the old man refuses to sell, Ransome orders him slain and frames Carlos for the murder. After Carlos is arrested, Ransome's men organize a lynch mob, but the Mesquiteers save Carlos from the hangman's noose and hide him in the hills. Feigning friendship for Carlos, Ransome sends Maria, Carlos' bride with a message for the fugitive, and then arranges for his men to follow her to the hideout. The Mesquiteers hold off the bushwackers while Carlos and Maria flee in her carriage, but when Carlos is wounded during the escape, Maria takes him to the army post, where he is arrested for murder. During Carlos' trial the next day, Stony sneaks into Ransome's store and discovers the entrance to a hidden mine shaft in the cellar. Meanwhile, Rico and Rusty visit the Juanita mine, where they also discover the hidden shaft housing the smuggled silver. As the Mesquiteers struggle with Ransome and his men, a keg of dynamite explodes, and in the chaos, Ransome escapes. Stony pursues him and forces a confession, thus exonerating Carlos of all guilt. +

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