Red River Range (1938)

  • Year: 1938
  • Released: 22 Dec 1938
  • Country: United States
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  • Language: English
  • MPA Rating: Passed
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Runtime: 56 min
  • Writer: Stanley Roberts, Betty Burbridge, Luci Ward
  • Director: George Sherman
  • Cast: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
  • Keywords: three mesquiteers,
33% – Critics
33% – Audience

Red River Range Storyline

The Cattlemen’s Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler’s boss and he joins the posse with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers.—Maurice VanAuken

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Red River Range Movie Reviews

Despite Wayne, pretty typical.

Over the course of the Three Mesquiteers series, the lineup changed all the time. The three cowboys featured in each film never was constant…and in this case John Wayne joins the more familiar Mequiteers (Tex Terhune and Ray Corrigan…who played in quite a few more films in the series). The series was enjoyable…and neither great nor poor. Compared to most B-westerns of the day, they were a bit better than average.

In this story, the Mesquiteers are, as usual, undercover agents working for the side of nicenss. They’ve arrived in town to investigate an insanely organized cattle rustling scheme…one that has a portable slaughterhouse that immediately processes the beef and cuts out the middleman. Can our handsome Mequiteers…and Max…manage to get to the bottom of all this?

This film is pretty typical of a Mesquiteer film, even with Wayne in the lead and the guys going undercover. As usual, Terhune whips out Elmer…his ventriloquist dummy!! I can’t stand this and audiences back in the day must have groaned when they saw a couple dummies among the crime-fighters!

Four Mesquiteers!

Any adventure of the Three Mesquiteers will be good, but Red River Range is not as polished as some of the other movies I have seen in the series. By polish, I mean that were continuity and script issues that I felt could have been handled better.

Everything starts fine with a build-up of the importance of the Mesquiteers. When the town sends for one investigator to help the local sheriff find out who has been stealing the ranchers’ cattle they end up with three! However, there is a switch along the way. The meat industry sends out its own agent to investigate what is happening to the cattle in the area. That investigator is Tex Reilly (Kirby Grant) who happens to be an old friend of the Mesquiteers. When he runs into the trio he explains that his face may be known to the cattle rustlers, so he trades places with Stony (John Wayne) and rides into town with Tuscon (Ray Corrigan) and Lullaby (Max Terhune). Stony investigates Tex’s lead by masquerading as escaped murderer who falls in with the rustlers. That makes a total of four people working as Mesquiteers. From there the adventure unfolds!

There were a few things that made me feel the quality was lacking in this movie. In one scene Tex refers to “the kid” before any kid has been mentioned or seen. In the next scene Tuscon and Lullaby meet Tommy (Sammy McKim). A scene must have been edited from the film or the scenes were edited out of order. Another thing that is really minor but noticeable is the lack of development of the main bad guys, Payne and Hartley (William Royle and Perry Ivins). They are taking/giving orders throughout the movie, but they never come across as really strong villains.

The last thing to complain about is something that I perhaps should not mention, but it was significant. Red River Range recycles a plot element that I remembered from a Gene Autry movie, Public Cowboy No. 1 which was released in 1937. In that movie the cattle rustlers butchered the cattle on the range, buried the hides and waste, and moved the beef out in refrigerated trucks. That is repeated in this Mesquiteers adventure. Complaining about re-using plot elements in a B western may be a bit like complaining about 14 shots coming from a six shooter without reloading, but what seemed to be an original twist on cattle rustling in one movie reeked of plagiarism in the next. To be fair to Red River Range there is a plot element that I have not yet seen anywhere else. Vacationers at a dude ranch are taken out to rustle cattle as part of the everyday activities without knowing that they are helping real cattle rustlers.

Perhaps I have nitpicked too much because over all Red River Range is worth viewing.

When They Ask For Three Mesquiteers, They Get Three Mesquiteers

One of the more enjoyable entrées in the Three Mesquiteers series is Red River Range which finds the boys working as government agents to stop some cattle rustling.

Unbeknownst to John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune the meatpacking industry has hired its own agent, Kirby Grant, to get a line on the rustling. That in itself was an interesting aspect of this film, the inflation of meat prices as a result of cattle rustling. One never does think of the economic hurt, those rustlers cause.

Kirby’s cover is blown before he can infiltrate and folks in the Red River country already know the Mesquiteers are coming. So Wayne and Grant switch places and Wayne poses as an escaped killer.

The focus of the investigation is a dude ranch where some mighty strange goings on are occurring. Can’t reveal what the scheme, but I assure viewers it’s a lulu.

A bit more comedy than usual in this film in the person of old vaudevillian Polly Moran, an amazonian tourist at the dude ranch with eyes on the Duke. Good thing the investigation was over as soon as it was because who knows what John Wayne might have had to do to keep his cover.