A 12-part serial about the adventures of western legends Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and Kit Carson head and a mysterious “guardian angel” in Indian garb who always materializes just in time to help them out of a scrape.
With Indians on the warpath and trouble brewing in Mexico, an unknown hero on a painted stallion helps government agent Clark Stuart lead a wagon train safely through the Santa Fe Trail.
The Painted Stallion
Episode 1: Trail to Empire
In the opening chapter of Republic’s The Painted Stallion, a mysterious Indian girl rider (Julia Thayer) on a beautiful paint uses whistling arrows as warnings of impending attacks by Indians or white outlaws. In Independence, MO, meanwhile, Walter Jamison (Hoot Gibson) is readying the very first wagon train bound for Santa Fe, NM. Along for the ride are Clark Stuart (Ray Corrigan), a United States representative headed for trade negotiations with the new Mexican envoy; Jim Bowie (Hal Taliaferro), the legendary inventor of the knife that bears his name; young Christopher Carson (Sammy McKim), a stowaway and wannabe scout whom Stuart nicknames “Kit”; and hillbilly cousins Oscar (Ed Platt) and Elmer (Lou Fulton). En route, the train is met by Bull Smith (Charles King), an envoy from the soon-to-be deposed Spanish lieutenant governor of New Mexico, Alfredo Dupray (LeRoy Mason), who is planning to sabotage the negotiations by substituting Clark Stuart with one of his own men. While Smith cunningly proposes to guide the train into Santa Fe, Dupray’s aide, Zamorro (Duncan Renaldo), incites the Comanches to revolt. In the ensuing melee, Stuart is separated from the train but a whistling arrow from the Rider alerts him to the danger. The warning may have come too late however; thrown from his horse, Stuart finds himself right in the path of the attacking Comanches.
Alarmed by Mexico’s independence from Spain, and by the new government’s interest in formalizing relations with America, Santa Fe despot Dupray fears the loss of his outlaw empire. Determined to remain in power, he sends a band of his men to massacre the Jamison wagon train, which is heading toward Santa Fe with diplomat Clark Stuart in tow. If Stuart manages to meet with the new Mexican government, Dupray knows that he and his misbegotten fortune are finished. But this is no ordinary wagon train – along for the ride are famous pioneers Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and a young stowaway by the name of Kit Carson. As Dupray puts one plan after another into action, Stuart and his band of scouts are watched over by the legendary “Painted Stallion” and its mysterious rider, whose whistling arrows warnpioneers of impending danger on the trail.
Ray Corrigan, known for his roles in countless westerns, including the Three Mesquiteers and Range Busters series, stars in this fifteen episode serial. Also appearing are western mainstays Hoot Gibson, Duncan Renaldo, Yakima Canutt, Jack Perrin ,Hal Taliaferro and Charles King.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Alan James/Ray Taylor
Production Company: Republic Pictures
Original Air Date: 1937
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
Cast: Ray Corrigan/Clark Stuart
Hoot Gibson /Walter Jamison
LeRoy Mason/Lt. Gov. Alfredo Dupray
Additional details in: IMDB
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