The Painted Stallion
is a 1937 Republic Movie serial
. It was the sixth Republic serial of the sixty-six made by that company. Western serials such as this made up a third of the serials from Republic, a studio that was also heavily involved in making B-Western feature films at the time.
This serial saw the directorial debut of William Witney
who would become one of the star directors at Republic. It was not until Zorro Rides Again
, later in 1937, that he first worked with his famous directorial partner, John English
. Witney had been working as an editor on earlier serials but made the switch when another director became unable to work due to heavy drinking.
A wagon train
travelling from Independence, Missouri
to Santa Fe
means trouble for Alfredo Dupray
, his authority from Spain
will end with the arrival of a Mexican Governor. He plots to solve this by intercepting a trade agreement, to be negotiated by Clark Stuart
on the wagon train, and disrupt US-Mexican relations.
Repeated attacks are thwarted, however, by the appearance of a mysterious Rider
on a Painted Stallion
who issues warnings with her whistling arrows. With her help Clark Stuart, along with historical characters, Kit Carson
, Jim Bowie
and Davy Crockett
work to defeat Dupray. Eventually, they assist the arrival of the US Cavalry and the treaty is signed, leaving Stuart and the Rider to ride away together.
- Main cast