While the village of New Hope Valley is celebrating their 50th anniversary,
the state has already
decided to condemn it, sacrificing the valley for the greater good, a
water reservoir for Metropole City. The settlers though are more than
reluctant to give up their homes & fight the contruction company at
every twist & turn. The company on the other hand, eager to finish
their work on time, has brought in muscle of their own, and it's up to
the 3 Mesquiteers (John Wayne as Stony Brooke, Crash Corrigan as Tucson
Smith, Raymond Hatton as Rusty Joslin) to prevent an all-out range-war -
which they do, even though it means the settlers and the Mesquiteers are
thrown into jail temporarily. To make piece between settlers &
production company, a group of land developers steps in to promise the
settlers new land in Devil's Acres, basically desert land, but promised
a pipeline by the time the settlers get there. But of course the land
debvelopers are a crooked bunch being in league with the equally crooked
construction company, & it seems the water pipeline was never
supposed to be built. Literally at the last minute, the Mesquiteers set
everything straight again.
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One of the lesser 3
Mesquiteer-pics, as it gives its leads very
little to do, and, apart from a few scenes at the anniversary
celebration at the beginning, does not use them as characters at all.
The story as such is rather ill-conceived, the plot - complete with a
range war & a settlers' treck - cries out for an epic treatment with
the action taking back-seat, but this is after all a 54 minute
B-Western, and this genre relies largely on fast pace & much action
- action that doesn't even start until 15 minutes into the movie, and
then it's only very routine (to be polite).
This was by the way the last Mesquiteer-film for both John Wayne (he
just landed a major success with Stagecoach a few months back
& would go on to do bigger & better things) and Crash Corrigan
(who, after being in the first two dozen Mesquiteer-films, left Republic
over a salary dispute & because of Bob Livingston's - who he couldn't
stand - return to the series to replace Wayne). Corrigan would
move over to Monogram, to rejoin Max Terhune, his former pal from the
Mesquiteers, to do the Range Busters-series. The Three
Mesquiteer-series, however, would go on for another 27 pictures.