GenreWestern ScreenplayNorman Houston CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 13, 1947 (1947-11-13) (USA) Based onWild Horse Mesa
by Zane Grey WriterNorman Houston (screenplay), Zane Grey (based on the novel by) CastTim Holt (Dave Jordan), Nan Leslie (Sue Melhern), Tom Keene (Hod Slack), Jason Robards Sr. (Hod Slack), Tony Barrett (Jim Horn), Richard Martin (Chito Rafferty) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Furious 7, Taken 3, John Wick, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
TaglineA man who wouldn't stay licked... A horse that couldn't be tamed!
Wild Horse Mesa is a 1947 American Western film directed by Wallace Grissell and starring Tim Holt, Nan Leslie, and Richard Martin, written by Norman Houston based on the novel of the same name by Zane Grey.
It was the eighth and last of a series of Zane Grey novels filmed by RKO. The book had been previously filmed in 1925 (starring Holt's father) and 1933.
Two cowboys go to work for a rancher and his beautiful daughter. Together they search for wild horses. When they find the horses, a rival rancher offers to purchase them, but during the transaction he murders the good rancher. The rival rancher is soon killed by one of his own men, and he in turn is killed by the wild horse who is the leader of the herd.
Tim Holt as Dave Jordan
Nan Leslie as Sue Melhern
Richard Martin as Chito Rafferty
Tom Keene as Hod Slack
Jason Robards Sr. as Pop Melhern
Tony Barrett as Jim Horn
Harry Woods as Jay Olmstead
William Gould as Marshal Bradford
Robert Bray as Tex
Dick Foote as Rusty
Frank Yaconelli as Clemente
The film was shot at RKO's backlot in Encino and at Lone Pine.