In the California desert, homesteaders who are struggling for an existence find their land titles are jeopardized when Cliff Harkness ( Charles Sellon ) obtains a Spanish land grant superseding their claims. He offers to sell them his title for $25,000; Bent Wade ( Jack Holt ) advises them to buy off Harkness, and after desperate efforts the money is turned over to Wade. Meanwhile, Mark King ( David Torrence ), a city capitalist representing a power company, offers Harkness a much larger sum; Harkness double crosses Wade by signing his receipt with disappearing ink and resells the land to King. Faced with eviction, the homesteaders try to lynch Wade, but his friend Lem Spooner ( Tom Kennedy )intervenes and he is jailed. Wade escapes and goes from ranch to ranch, warning the ranchers not to give up their homes without a legal fight; he threatens Harkness with torture, forces him to confess his treachery, and proves the original receipt is legal. He finds happiness with King's daughter, Dorothy ( Betty Jewel ).
This 1927 silent western/drama was produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring Jack Holt. The survival status of The Mysterious Rider is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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