William Witney WriterMorgan Cox, Ronald Davidson, Hal G. Evarts, Winston Miller, Barry Shipman Release dateJune 5, 1937 (U.S. serial)
11 February 1938 (feature)
Early 1950s (TV) DirectorsWilliam Witney, Alan James, Ray Taylor CastRay "Crash" Corrigan (Clark Stuart), Hoot Gibson (Walter Jamison), Duncan Renaldo (Zamorro), LeRoy Mason (Lt Gov Alfredo Dupray), Jean Carmen (The Rider) Similar moviesYou Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, Dr. No, Mission: Impossible, The Dark Knight Rises, GoldenEye
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The Painted Stallion is a 1937 Republic movie serial. It was the sixth Republic serial of the sixty-six made by that company. Western serials such as this made up a third of the serials from Republic, a studio that was also heavily involved in making B-Western feature films at the time.
This serial saw the directorial debut of William Witney, who would become one of the star directors at Republic. It was not until Zorro Rides Again, later in 1937, that he first worked with his famous directorial partner, John English. Witney had been working as an editor on earlier serials but made the switch when another director became unable to work due to heavy drinking.
Western favorites Ray "Crash" Corrigan and Hoot Gibson head the cast of the 12-chapter Republic serial The Painted Stallion. Corrigan plays American federal agent Clark Stuart, on assignment in Santa Fe to draw up a trade agreement with the newly installed Mexican governor. Meanwhile, Walter Jamison (Hoot Gibson) leads a wagon train from Missouri, hoping to take advantage of the new agreement. Among Jamison's passenger are famed frontiersman Jim Bowie (Hal Taliaferro) and a very youthful Kit Carson (Sammy McKim). The destinies of all these personalities intersect when villainous ex-governor DuPrey (LeRoy Mason) schemes to undermine the treaty and take over the New Mexico territory for his own vile purposes. Somewhere along the way, Davy Crockett (Jack Perrin) joins the "good guys" in their efforts to thwart the despicable DuPrey. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
A wagon train travelling from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe means trouble for Alfredo Dupray, his authority from Spain will end with the arrival of a Mexican Governor. He plots to solve this by intercepting a trade agreement, to be negotiated by Clark Stuart on the wagon train, and disrupt Mexico–United States relations.
Repeated attacks are thwarted, however, by the appearance of a mysterious Rider on a Painted Stallion who issues warnings with her whistling arrows. With her help Clark Stuart, along with historical characters, Kit Carson, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett work to defeat Dupray. Eventually, they assist the arrival of the United States Cavalry and the treaty is signed, leaving Stuart and the Rider to ride away together.
Ray "Crash" Corrigan as Clark Stuart, government official with a trade treaty to be agreed with Mexico
Hoot Gibson as Walter Jamison, Leader of the Wagon train
LeRoy Mason as Alfredo Dupray, Spanish dictator determined to hold onto power
Duncan Renaldo as Zamorro, one of Duprays henchmen
Sammy McKim as Young Christopher Kit Carson, along as part of the wagon train
Hal Taliaferro as Jim Bowie, along as part of the wagon train
Jack Perrin as Davy Crockett, along as part of the wagon train
Oscar and Elmer as Oscar and Elmer, a comedy duo with the wagon train
Julia Thayer as The Rider, mysterious woman believed to be an Indian Spirit riding a Ghost Horse
Yakima Canutt as Tom, one of Duprays henchmen
Matson Williams as Macklin, one of Duprays henchmen undercover on the wagon train
Duke Taylor as Bill, one of Duprays henchmen
Loren Riebe as Pedro, one of Duprays henchmen
George DeNormand as Oldham, one of Duprays henchmen undercover on the wagon train
Gordon De Main as Governor
Charles King as Bull Smith, one of Duprays henchmen
Vinegar Roan as Pete, one of Duprays henchmen
The serial was filmed between February 10 and March 3, 1937. The serials production number was 421. The Painted Stallion was budgeted for $102,157 but went over budget by $7007 (6.9%). The final cost of production was $109,164. This made the serial the cheapest republic serial of 1937 and the fourth cheapest of all Republic serials. Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella Valley, California.
Yakima Canutt as Clark Stuart & Alfredo Dupray (doubling Ray "Crash" Corrigan and LeRoy Mason)
Babe DeFreest as The Rider (doubling Julia Thayer)
The Lydecker brothers
The Painted Stallions official release date is 5 June 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.
A 67-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together, was released on 11 February 1938. It was one of fourteen feature films Republic made from their serials.
In the early 1950s, The Painted Stallion was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes.
On December 27, 2005, a Region 0 DVD of the serial was released by Alpha Video.
Raymond Stedman describes Thyer as quiet yet impressive and William Nobles is noted for his sweeping camera work. Raoul Krausharrs musical score is a bridge between the "synthetic fusions" of earlier sound serials and the "creative scorings" of his successors at Republic. According to Cline, The Painted Stallion is an outstanding example of the Western "Covered Wagon" (wagon train based) subgenre.
Trail to Empire (27 min 35s)
Rider of the Stallion (17 min 6s)
The Death Leap (18 min 05s)
Avalanche (17 min 14s)
Volley of Death (16 min 42s)
Thundering Wheels (17 min 45s)
Trail Treachery (16 min 9s)
The Whistling Arrow (16 min 25s)
The Fatal Message (16 min 24s)
Ambush (15 min 59s)
Tunnel of Terror (16 min 17s)
Human Targets (16 min 48s)
Trail to Empire: Clark is shot from his horse and falls under the hoofs of attacking Indians.
Rider of the Stallion: Clark is knocked unconscious while fording a river in a wagon, which begins to sink.
The Death Leap: Escaping on horseback, Clark and the Rider are chased over a cliff into a lake.
Avalanche: An explosion catches Clark in a landslide
Volley of Death: Clark hides in a cupboard but has been seen - a firing squad opens fire.
Thundering Wheels: Clark is in a burning wagon full of gunpowder as it falls over a cliff.
Trail Treachery: Attempting to reign in a runaway stagecoach, Clark falls under their hooves.
The Whistling Arrow: Clark falls into a trapdoor.
The Fatal Message: Clark and Kit are caught in a burning building.
Ambush: While jumping a ravine, Clark slips from the saddle and falls.
Tunnel of Terror: Duprays henchmen cause a landslide to fall on Jamison and the others.