Wild Horse Mesa (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Release Date - Nov 13, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

RKO went all out in this magnificent B-Western, what with location filming at Lone Pine and the employment of literally hundreds of supposedly wild horses. There are breathtaking scenes of mustangs roaming among the rock formations of famed Alabama Hills and a tension building sequence where Tom Keene traps the lead horse with barbed wire. Harry Woods remains the most despicable villain west of the Mississippi and Nan Leslie, in her second of six films with Tim Holt, is one of the prettiest prairie flowers around. In addition to the lusty goings-on, Richard Martin, as sidekick Chito Rafferty, croons "The Moon Is Low" and "Bonita Lolita Malone," both by Paul Sawtell. The result is perhaps the best B-Western of the immediate postwar era.