The Marshal of Mesa City
|The Marshal of Mesa City|
|Directed by||David Howard|
Eddie Donahue (assistant)
|Produced by||Bert Gilroy|
|Screenplay by||Jack Lait Jr.|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Edited by||Frederic Knudtson|
Although no story credit was given, this film bears a striking similarity to the 1935 western, The Arizonian, whose screenplay and story were written by Academy Award winner Dudley Nichols, and some sources state that this film was a remake of the earlier picture. Both were produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, and The Marshal of Mesa City was released on November 3, 1939. The film stars George O'Brien and Virginia Vale.
Because the corrupt sheriff, Jud Cronin, won't leave her alone, schoolteacher Virginia King decides to leave Mesa City for good. Cronin's cronies intercept her stagecoach, but a passenger, retired lawman Cliff Mason, foils their plans.
Virginia must accompany Cliff back to town because the stagecoach is damaged. There they discover a marshal has been murdered by Cronin's hired gun Pete Henderson, who gets away with the crime in court. Cliff is offered the marshal's badge and Duke Allison rides to town to become his deputy. In a shootout, Cronin is killed by Duke, who also perishes. Cliff and Virginia leave town together.
- George O'Brien as Cliff Mason
- Virginia Vale as Virginia King
- Leon Ames as Sheriff Jud Cronin
- Henry Brandon as Duke Allison
- Harry Cording as Henchman Bat Cardigan
- Lloyd Ingraham as Mayor Sam Bentley
- Slim Whitaker as Henchman Jake Morris
- Joe McGuinn as Henchman Pete Henderson
- Mary Gordon as Mrs. Dudley
- Frank Ellis as Henchman Slim