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With MARVEL receiving good reviews and box office acceptance, Tyler got another shot-in-the-arm when he signed a term player's contract(s) with Republic for the period July 8, 1941 through July 7, 1943. His initial salary was $150.00 per week with a raise to $200.00 weekly for year two.

Tyler's next Republic role - play second fiddle to Bob Steele by replacing Bob Livingston in the Three Mesquiteers series. Member three was PETTICOAT JUNCTION TV star Rufe Davis who was later replaced by Jimmie Dodd (of Disney Mouseketeer fame).



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Above from left to right are Tom Tyler, Rufe Davis, Lois Collier and Bob Steele in a lobby card from the Three Mesquiteers adventure OUTLAWS OF THE CHEROKEE TRAIL (Republic, 1941). Rufe Davis (and Smiley Burnette) wound up as the train conductors on TV's PETTICOAT JUNCTION.



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Above from L-to-R are Helen Deverall, George J. Lewis and Tyler in a lobby card from THE BLOCKED TRAIL (Republic, 1943).



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The last Three Mesquiteers team - from top to bottom are Tom Tyler, Jimmie Dodd and Bob Steele.  Dodd went on to star in Disney's MICKEY MOUSE CLUB TV show.



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Above is a duotone B&W title lobby card from the 1950 re-release of THUNDERING TRAILS (Republic, 1943). From left to right are Tom Tyler, Jimmie Dodd, and Bob Steele. One-time Johnny Mack Brown heroine Nell O'Day is shown in the photo inset on the top right.



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Above from L-to-R are Bob Steele, Jimmie Dodd and Tyler.



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Above - Tyler and Silver/Silver Chief.
Tall in the saddle atop the white hoss required for his role as Mesquiteer Stony Brooke, Tom galloped through thirteen well-done trio sagas, six of which were directed by veteran Republic serial wizard John English.

However, thirteen proved to be an unlucky number, for after RIDERS OF THE RIO GRANDE (Republic, 1943), the fifty-first entry in the series, the saddle pals were put out to pasture when Republic cancelled the Mesquiteers series.

Republic, who had a stable of solo heroes including Roy Rogers and Wild Bill Elliott, had no reason to exercise the $350 a week option and extend Tom's contract.

Bob Steele was released also, but was quickly picked up by Monogram to add some young blood to the Ken Maynard/Hoot Gibson Trail Blazers series.



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