19 June 2014 | bkoganbing
The Newlands Act
Republic's 3 Mesquiteers are our Cowboys From Texas in this western where the cattlemen and the homesteaders are feuding once again. Interestingly enough though a real piece of American history is used as the plot basis.
In 1902 Congress passed and President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Newlands Reclamation Act authored by Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada where thousands of acres are set aside for the building of dams and various irrigation projects. Naturally this is going to benefit everybody sooner or later. The Homesteaders start filing on claims knowing that irrigation will be coming there way. The ranchers however once again like the open range as is and the plot of a Gazillion westerns comes into play.
But there are villains in this piece that is setting both cattlemen and homesteaders feuding because they want to grab all the land before irrigation comes in. It's up to Mesquiteers Robert Livingston, Duncan Renaldo and Raymond Hatton to set things right.
I will say though that there's no way I bought Bob Livingston turning against his companions and becoming outlaw to get the goods on the real crooks. I doubt the crooks would have been that dumb to believe it, but they were.
Leading lady in this film is Carole Landis who would soon be a big star at 20th Century Fox. She's the daughter of head homesteader Charles Middleton. What a tragic tale her life was.
3 Mesquiteer fans will like this, but it's far from the best of the series.