Independent distributors Olive Films have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray four films directed by George Sherman and starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune: Overland Stage Raiders (1938), The Night Riders (1939), Red River Range (1938), and Three Texas Steers (1939). The preliminary release date for all four films is October 2.
Overland Stage Raiders
Soon after gold shipments from a mining town are hijacked, the Three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them. Overland Stage Raiders marks the final film appearance of legendary silent star Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl).
The Night Riders
Talbot (George Douglas) uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to fight this evil.
Red River Range
The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler's boss and he joins the posse with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers.
Three Texas Steers
Nancy Evans (Carole Landis), lovely circus owner, has a ranch that she's never visited, but for sentimental reasons won't sell to Mike Abbott. Her partners, secretly in league with Abbott, sabotage the circus to force Nancy to sell the ranch; instead, she goes there to live. Will her neighbors, the Three Mesquiteers, be a match for the secret swindlers? And what's so valuable about that run-down ranch anyway?
No thanks. I was hoping for The Quiet Man since Rio Grande is comming. also a Republic picture. or something better. thats ok im very happy with High Noon and Inv. of the body sn. on july 17 and Johnny Guitar.
I personally very much dislike box sets and double/triple packs. I prefer individual releases for each film. Naturally, I will be picking up these (the second and third title I've seen on VHS, but not the first and fourth).
These ought to be fun, and if the camera negatives survive they should look spectacular for B-westerns. However, I would have hoped that movies like ths at under an hour apiece might have been released as double-features instead of individual titles with no extras.
I'm not familiar with any of these or with the continuing saga of the "Three Mesquiteers" at all. I do like John Wayne and it would be interesting to see more from his early career after Stagecoach. I'll consider checking these out, probably as a rental. It's nice that Olive Films is around to act as Paramount Pictures' surrogate in releasing old films from the larger studio's catalog that otherwise probably wouldn't have seen the blu light of day.