Rancher Jack Rhodes and his neighbors are not on friendly terms. At one stage, the neighbor, José Cortez, tries to have Jack arrested for trespass and horse stealing. In point of fact, he's the one doing all the trespassing; and he's also the one who has stolen his own horse. Adding to his crimes are rustling, theft, false possession, attempted murder and kidnapping. In short, José Cortez is a thoroughly bad lot which anyoneexcept of course all the characters in the dumb moviewould know just by looking at him.
William Norton Bailey appeared in over 200 movies, mostly as either an extra or small part or bit player. He didn't make all that many westerns as a lead and if I had my pick, this is not the one I would have chosen for preservation. My choice would have been his next for director Chaudet, Lightning Bill, in which his co-star is Jean Arthur. Another pick would be The Stolen Ranch (1926) directed by William Wyler.
However, you have to take what you can get, and, by the humble standards of the independent Poverty Row "B", Fighting Jack offers quite reasonable entertainment. Largely filmed on Californian locations by one of Hollywood's top cameramen, Allen M. Davey, the movie is directed at an admirably fast clip and offers plenty of action. Mr Bailey acquits himself pleasantly enough as the hero, although John Byron is allowed to outrageously over-act as the smirking villain. Hazel Deane makes an attractive heroine, while Herma Cordova enacts the sultry Maria with conviction. But acting honors are easily stolen by ex-professional boxer Sailor "Iron Man" Sharkey whose plug-ugly face would seem to set him up for a great career as a movie heavy. (Needless to say, it never took off).
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