A scheming forger and a no-good card shark swindle a bunch of land from the honest, hardworking people of Mesquite, including the ranch owned by The Three Mesquiteers, Stony Brooke (John Wayne), Tucson Smith (Ray “Crash” Corrigan), and Lullaby Johnson (Max Terhune). They fight back against the shady land snatchers and come to the aid of the oppressed townsfolk by robbing the villains’ tax collectors, and returning it back to the people a la Robin Hood. They even get a boost from President Garfield, who helps them in their quest for justice.
Director George Sherman also helmed another Mesquiteer adventure, New Frontier the same year.
The Night Riders is a solid enough oater to make it go right to the Number 7 position on The Video Vacuum Top Ten for 1939, right below the Charles Laughton version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just above the Dead End Kids’ flick, They Made Me a Criminal.