The Painted Stallion

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The Painted Stallion
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Directed by Alan James
Ray Taylor
William Witney
Produced by J. Laurence Wickland
Written by Morgan Cox
Ronald Davidson
Hal G. Evarts
Winston Miller
Barry Shipman
Starring Ray "Crash" Corrigan
Hoot Gibson
LeRoy Mason
Duncan Renaldo
Sammy McKim
Hal Taliaferro
Jack Perrin
Julia Thayer
Music by Raoul Kraushaar
Cinematography Edgar Lyons
William Nobles
Edited by Edward Todd
Helene Turner
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • June 5, 1937 (1937-06-05) (U.S. serial)[1]
  • February 11, 1938 (1938-02-11) (U.S. feature)[1]
Running time
12 chapters (212 minutes (serial)[1]
67 minutes (feature)[1]
6 26½-minute episodes (TV)[1]
Language English
Budget $102,157 (negative cost: $109,164)[1]

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Main cast
Supporting cast

Production[edit]

The serial was filmed between February 10 and March 3, 1937.[1] The serial's production number was 421.[1] 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.[1] Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella Valley, California.[2]

Stunts[edit]

Special effects[edit]

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

The Painted Stallion's official release date is 5 June 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

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.[1]

Television[edit]

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.[1]

Home media[edit]

On December 27, 2005, a Region 0 DVD of the serial was released by Alpha Video.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Raymond Stedman describes Thyer as quiet yet impressive and William Nobles is noted for his sweeping camera work. Raoul Krausharr's musical score is a bridge between the "synthetic fusions" of earlier sound serials and the "creative scorings" of his successors at Republic.[4] According to Cline, The Painted Stallion is an outstanding example of the Western "Covered Wagon" (wagon train based) subgenre.[5]

Chapter titles[edit]

Lobby card for chapter 2
  1. Trail to Empire (27 min 35s)
  2. Rider of the Stallion (17 min 6s)
  3. The Death Leap (18 min 05s)
  4. Avalanche (17 min 14s)
  5. Volley of Death (16 min 42s)
  6. Thundering Wheels (17 min 45s)
  7. Trail Treachery (16 min 9s)
  8. The Whistling Arrow (16 min 25s)
  9. The Fatal Message (16 min 24s)
  10. Ambush (15 min 59s)
  11. Tunnel of Terror (16 min 17s)
  12. Human Targets (16 min 48s)

Source:[1][6]

Clffhangers[edit]

  1. Trail to Empire: Clark is shot from his horse and falls under the hoofs of attacking Indians.
  2. Rider of the Stallion: Clark is knocked unconscious while fording a river in a wagon, which begins to sink.
  3. The Death Leap: Escaping on horseback, Clark and the Rider are chased over a cliff into a lake.
  4. Avalanche: An explosion catches Clark in a landslide
  5. Volley of Death: Clark hides in a cupboard but has been seen - a firing squad opens fire.
  6. Thundering Wheels: Clark is in a burning wagon full of gunpowder as it falls over a cliff.
  7. Trail Treachery: Attempting to reign in a runaway stagecoach, Clark falls under their hooves.
  8. The Whistling Arrow: Clark falls into a trapdoor.
  9. The Fatal Message: Clark and Kit are caught in a burning building.
  10. Ambush: While jumping a ravine, Clark slips from the saddle and falls.
  11. Tunnel of Terror: Dupray's henchmen cause a landslide to fall on Jamison and the others.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 22–23. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8. 
  2. ^ Palm Springs Visitors Center. "Coachella Valley Feature Film Production 1920-2011". Filming in Palm Springs. Palm Springs, CA. Retrieved October 1, 2012. Download (Downloadable PDF file)
  3. ^ The Painted Stallion - Complete Serial DVD info, Oldies.com
  4. ^ Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "4. Perilous Saturdays". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5. 
  5. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 38. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  6. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 218. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Dick Tracy (1937)
Republic Serial
The Painted Stallion (1937)
Succeeded by
S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937)