THE RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937)
Article #1598 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-30-2005
Posting Date: 12-27-2005
Directed by Mack V. Wright
Featuring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune
The 3 Mesquiteers help an archaelogical expedition search for a lost Indian city of gold.
A lot of fuss is made about the supernatural elements in this B-Western, especially the existence of a living and walking mummy. Well, the latter has about thirty seconds of screen time and is dispatched with such ease that those expected a more fully realized horror western will be disappointed. Still, it does have some mood to it; there’s a skull with writing on it and a large skull-shaped rock formation. Still, it never really rises out of its B-Western roots, and it’s best to keep this in mind. Incidentally, one of the heroes reads mystery stories, and another is a ventriloquist who has to fend off the advances of an avid female archaeologist, which only adds to the weirdness of the proceedings.