|WILD HORSE MESA (director: Henry Hathaway; screenwriters: Frank Howard Clark/ Harold Shumate/from a Zane Grey story; cinematographer: Arthur Todd; music: John Leipold; cast: Randolph Scott (Chane Weymer), Sally Blane (Sandy Melberne), Fred Kuhler (Rand), Lucille La Verne (Ma Melberne), Jim Thorpe (Indian Chief), Charley Grapevin (Sam Bass), George Hayes (Slack, James Bush (Bent Weymer); Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Harold Hurley; Paramount; 1932)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Hathaway ("Airport"/"Circus World"/"The
Sons of Katie Elder") finely directs this remake of
the 1925 silent. This solid oater does a nice job with
the Zane Grey story. Randolph Scott got his first
starring role thanks to Hathaway.
Kohler is the villain horse rustler at Four Corners,
who uses barbed wire to catch wild stallions on the
land of the Indian reservation. Randolph Scott is the
Arizona rancher who goes after Kohler's gang. He also
rescues the daughter of the general store owner,
Sally Blane, from the clutches of Kohler, and in the
end wins her hand in marriage from his rival brother
The film was shot in the original California location, and it used footage from that film.
REVIEWED ON 3/25/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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