Cast & Crew
J. P. Mcgowan
In 1919, a band of disabled World War I veterans travels to New Mexico as homesteaders led by Bob Brian, who is accompanied by his sister Marian. Arriving in the San Juan Basin, the veterans meet with opposition from wealthy cattleman Brack Canfield, who hopes to discourage them until their ninety-day preference for land expires. When local cowboys Stony Brook and Tucson Smith meet veteran Lullaby Joslin, they agree to help the citified veterans across the treacherous eighty-mile stretch to their land. After Canfield's men dynamite their path, Lullaby saves a boy, and Stony saves Marian from her runaway horse. The veterans then settle peacefully until, during the Brians' housewarming celebration, Canfield sets fire to another veteran's home. In the veterans' fight to drive Canfield's men off their land, Brack's brother is killed. To avenge his death, Brack tortures Bob, who has fragile lungs, by tying him to a bucking horse and leaving him to die. When Stony finds Bob dead holding a spur bearing the initials "B. C.," he rides to town to force a confession from Brack and a battle ensues. Using hand grenades to defend themselves, the veterans blow up Brack's hideout and he is killed. After Stony, about to propose to Marian, promises to return, he, Tucson and Lullaby ride off.
J. P. Mcgowan
This film was the first in Republic's Three Mesquiteers Series, which included fifty-eight films produced from 1936 through 1943. The characters of Stony, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin first appeared in the 1935 Beacon Production, The Law of 45's, although the surname of the character Stony was "Martin" in that film, rather than "Brook," as it was in the novels and the Republic series. RKO made another Three Mesquiteer film previous to the Republic series in 1935 under the title Powdersmoke Range. The character of Lullaby Joslin was called "Rusty Joslin" in some early films; and all three characters did not always appear together after 1938. This film was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. A news item in Daily Variety on August 7, 1936 stated that the production crew returned to Lone Pine to clean up location scenes; the production was halted several weeks previously when Robert Livingston received a gunshot wound in the leg. Film Daily erroneously lists Max Terhune as "Lullaby Joslin" in this film. Terhune appeared as "Lullaby" in many films of the series, beginning with Ghost Town Gold. For more information about the series, consult the Series Index.