Boot Hill Bandits


1942

Film Details

Also Known As
Marshal of Sundance, The Mesquite Kid
Release Date
Apr 24, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Range Busters, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Synopsis

Crash Corrigan, a member of the law-enforcing Range Busters, is invited to be the marshal of Sundance, but when he arrives there, he is forced into a gunfight with the Mesquite Kid, a former rival, whom he kills. Crash then works with the sheriff to arrest the gang responsible for the stagecoach robberies, which have been secretly organized by Brand Bolton, the local saloon owner. When the sheriff sends Crash and his partners, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, to guard the stagecoach that is due to arrive with the mine payroll, Crash intercepts the runaway coach just before it explodes. A dimwitted local bandit, the Maverick, finds Crash among the wreckage and leaves him for dead after stealing the marshal's badge. Brand gives Maverick the reward he has secretly offered for the death of Crash and warns the exile to get out of town. Maverick then kills the strongbox guard but is so startled by the sudden appearance of Crash, who has survived the explosion, that he falls to his death from a cliff. Crash and his friends continue to pretend that he is dead so he can operate undercover. When Brand gives traveling singer May Meadows Crash's badge as a memento, she turns it over to the sheriff. Brand's connection to the stagecoach robberies is thereby revealed, and his involvement is further exposed by the fact that the arrival of the stagecoach was a secret among the local citizen's committee, of which Brand is a member. Brand is reprimanded by the mayor, the real mastermind behind the robberies, who advises him to retrieve Crash's badge, which could incriminate him. Brand kidnaps May and Alibi, but they escape by distracting their drunken guard with Alibi's ventriloquist dummy Elmer. The Range Busters capture Brand, who confesses to his involvement in the robberies and agrees to cooperate in turning over the mayor to them. The outlaws are arrested and the mayor is killed when he tries to shoot the Range Busters. Crash relinquishes his position as marshal so that he can return home with his partners.

Film Details

Also Known As
Marshal of Sundance, The Mesquite Kid
Release Date
Apr 24, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Range Busters, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Marshal of Sundance and The Mesquite Kid. Modern sources add Carl Mathews, Tex Palmer, Merrill McCormack, Hank Bell, Horace B. Carpenter and Charles King to the cast. For further information on the "Range Busters" series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3620 and consult the Series Index.