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Wild Horse Mesa (1947)

Dave and Chito are working for Melburn who is looking for wild horses. Olmstead has his men looking for then also. When Dave finds them first, Olmstead buys them from Melburn and then kills... See full summary »


Wallace Grissell (as Wallace A. Grissell)


Norman Houston (screenplay), Zane Grey (based on the novel by)


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Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Dave Jordan
Nan Leslie ... Sue Melhern
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
Tom Keene ... Hod Slack (as Richard Powers)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Pop Melhern (as Jason Robards)
Tony Barrett ... Jim Horn
Harry Woods ... Jay Olmstead
William Gould ... Marshal Bradford
Robert Bray ... Tex
Dick Foote ... Rusty (as Richard Foote)
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Clemente


Dave and Chito are working for Melburn who is looking for wild horses. Olmstead has his men looking for then also. When Dave finds them first, Olmstead buys them from Melburn and then kills him. A clue leads Dave to Olmstead's where he breaks in and finds the murder weapon. When he takes his evidence to the Marshal he learns Olmstead has been murdered and he is the one under arrest. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE "DEVIL HORSE" THAT COULDN'T BE TAMED! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cavalo Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1925 version of Wild Horse Mesa (1925) starred Jack Holt, the father of this film's star Tim Holt. See more »


Version of Wild Horse Mesa (1932) See more »

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Partners Of Convenience
16 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This western has Tim Holt and Richard Martin working for Nan Leslie and her father Jason Robards, Sr. rounding up wild horses. But we have to deal with two villains in this film. Perennial western villain Harry Woods buys the horses from Robards and then Robards kills him. Tom Keene who had been fired by Holt and Robards earlier sees Robards do it and they become partners of convenience.

The third party in this story is the wild horse who leads the herd who Tim Holt would love to tame. But after abuse from Tom Keene, Holt heals the stallion and the stallion gets to pay Holt back big time in the final showdown with the villains.

Tim Holt was always a good no nonsense cowboy hero and Richard Martin as Chito Rafferty is always amusing and has a few good notes to sing as he practices wooing yet another senorita. That was always the interesting twist. Tim was all business and had no time for romance for the most part whereas sidekick Chito was always getting involved in every film.

Holt's westerns hold up for the most part and Wild Horse Mesa is still good entertainment.

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