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The Three Mesquiteers

Republic Pictures

51 films released
from 1936 - 1943

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Variant 6 - seven films
Robert Livingston (as Stony Brooke)
Duncan Renaldo (as Rico, Rico Rinaldo, Renaldo)
Raymond Hatton (as Rusty Joslin)
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGERS (1940) (dual role for Bob Livingston)

Another facelift occurred for the 1939-1940 release season - Ray Corrigan was gone and John Wayne had been moved to better grade films. Bob Livingston was back as Stony Brooke with help from Raymond Hatton and Duncan Renaldo.

In the first film of this group, THE KANSAS TERRORS (1939), Livingston and Hatton are delivering some hosses to a Caribbean Isle. And there they meet up with Renaldo.

In most of his prior appearances, Livingston was billed as 'Bob'. His billing was now more formal - as Robert Livingston.

This grouping would be short-lived as Hatton would soon depart the Mesquiteers and Republic. Seems that Buck Jones and Tim McCoy were starting a new trio series at Monogram, and they needed Hatton as the third member of the 'Rough Riders'.

Livingston, who had starred in the second Lone Ranger serial, THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (1939), wears the black LR mask in several of these Mesquiteers adventures - he did it in THE KANSAS TERRORS (1939), COWBOYS FROM TEXAS (1939), HEROES OF THE SADDLE (1940) and COVERED WAGON DAYS (1940). Livingston also used a couple of different range costumes - black hat and dark shirt vs. light hat and light colored shirt, and there are examples in the images above and below.

THE KANSAS TERRORS is a good example of Livingston playing both "Stony Brooke" and the Lone Ranger in a single film. In this 3M entry, he wears a dark hat and shirt as Stony (see the lobby card crop below). And then he dons the light shirt, light hat and mask. The riding scenes of the masked Livingston and his galloping white steed appear to be footage culled from THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN serial.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from L-to-R are Raymond Hatton as 'Rusty Joslin' (on his trusty mule 'Dinah'), Bob Livingston as 'Stony Brooke' and Duncan Renaldo as 'Rico Rinaldo'.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Livingston (wearing a dark hat and shirt), Raymond Hatton, Al Haskell (mustache) and Duncan Renaldo in a crop from a lobby card from THE KANSAS TERRORS (1939).

(From Old Corral collection)

Bob Livingston had dual roles as Stony Brooke and 'The Laredo Kid' in ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGERS (Republic, 1940).  In the above photo, the scar-faced Livingston has Pascale Perry collared.

(From Old Corral collection)
From L-to-R are Duncan Renaldo (as Rico Rinaldo), Livingston (as Stony Brooke) and Raymond Hatton (as Rusty Joslin) - this was the Three Mesquiteers' team for the 1939-1940 release schedule. This is the same image used in the title lobby card at the top of the page.

In addition to his Mesquiteers work, Duncan Renaldo appeared in dozens of films and serials at Republic, including ZORRO RIDES AGAIN (1937), THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (1939) and KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS (1941).  But he's best remembered for his role as the Cisco Kid, initially in a film group for Monogram Pictures, and later in the CISCO KID TV series.  Want more info on Duncan Renaldo - there's a section on him on the Old Corral.
(From Old Corral collection)

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