Wild Horse Mesa (1947 film)

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Wild Horse Mesa
Wild Horse Mesa 1947 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wallace Grissell
Produced by Herman Schlom
Screenplay by Norman Houston
Based on Wild Horse Mesa
by Zane Grey
  • Tim Holt
  • Nan Leslie
  • Richard Martin
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Frank Redman
Edited by Desmond Marquette
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1947 (1947-11-13) (USA)
Running time
61 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]

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.[2]


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.[3]


  1. ^ 'GANGSTER' ARRIVES Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Dec 1947: 14.
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p222
  3. ^ http://offscreen.com/view/tim-holt-and-the-b-western

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