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Gunsmoke Ranch (1937)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 5 May 1937 (USA)
Flagg is relocating flood victims to Gunsmoke Ranch. The Three Mesquiteers know Flagg to be a crook and try to warn them. They ignore the warning and improve the land only to find that it has been condemned for a new dam.


Joseph Kane


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Livingston ... Stony Brooke
Ray Corrigan ... Tucson Smith
Max Terhune ... Lullaby Joslin
Kenneth Harlan ... Phineas T. Flagg
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... Marion Warren (as Julia Thayer)
Sammy McKim ... Jimmy Warren
Ed 'Oscar' Platt Ed 'Oscar' Platt ... Oscar (as Oscar and Elmer)
Lou Fulton Lou Fulton ... Elmer Twiddlebaum (as Oscar and Elmer)
Burr Caruth Burr Caruth ... Judge Jonathan Warren
Allen Connor ... Henchman Reggie Allen
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Spider
Horace B. Carpenter ... Joe Larkin (as Horace Carpenter)
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Mathilda Larkin
Robert Walker ... Seth Williams (as Bob Walker)
Jack Ingram ... Cowhand Jed


During the Great Depression, when natural catastrophes including floods destroy the homes of thousands,.crooked, con man Phineas Flagg buys up all the ranches in Arizona's Gunsmoke Valley at the bargain price of $2 per acre. The displaced families are only too happy to buy what Flagg misrepresents as 40 acres of prime farmland per family at the bargain price of $50 an acre. What he doesn't tell the migrants is that the entire area has been condemned under the law of eminent domain and will soon be flooded for the construction of a new dam. The group's leader, Judge Warren, initially disregards the Mesquiteers' warnings that they're being conned,, but Stony' romances his beautiful granddaughter Marion,, and the settlers accept the Mesquiteers' help,, but is it too late? Written by duke1029

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BRAND NEW THRILLS WITH YOUR CAVALIERS OF THE CACTUS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

5 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galopando para a Justiça See more »


Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Judge Jonathan Warren: Let us be humbly thankful to Providence, for leading us from the turbulent waters of despair, into this land of promise.
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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Traditional folk tune
Lyrics by George W. Johnson
Sung by ranchers on the bus
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Rather Routine, But Watchable
31 March 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This 'Three Mesquiteers' feature is a fair B-Western, rather routine, and with quite a low-budget look to it, but watchable. It has generally likable, if ordinary, characters, and the story holds some interest. It has some lighter moments and just enough action to keep it moving along.

The story has the 'Mesquiteers' running across a new town that is being built to help out some settlers who have been displaced by a flood. The trio start to suspect that something might not be what it seems, so they stick around to look into things, and the action proceeds from there, with some occasional humor (much of it from Max Terhune). Some of it works, and some of it doesn't really come off. Overall, there's not too much that's either especially good or especially bad about this one.

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