When cowpunchers Sim and Ranny get fired, Ranny heads for Shadow Ranch. Later on, Sim arrives just as Ranny is being buried. He then sets out to find the killer that shot him in the back.



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Complete credited cast:
Sim Baldwin (as Charles 'Buck' Jones)
Kate Price ...
Maggie Murphy
Albert J. Smith ...
Dan Blake (as Al Smith)
Robert McKenzie ...
Frank Rice ...
Ranny Williams
Ben Corbett ...
Cowhand Ben
Ernie Adams ...
Henchman Joe
Henchman Curley


Summoned by his friend, Ranny Williams (Frank Rice), Sim Baldwin (Buck Jones), rides to the aid of Circle O Ranch owner Ruth Cameron (Marguerite De La Motte), who is under pressure to sell out to Dan Blake (Albert J. Smith), who wants control of a dam on the ranch that is central to the town water supply. Sim arrives to find that Ranny has been ambushed; vowing to avenge the murder of his old friend, Sim takes up Ruth's fight and incurs the enmity of Blake. Blake begins to rustle the ranch cattle but Sim lays a trap and captures several of the rustlers and marches them pantless into town. Blake threatens Sim with a showdown unless he leaves town. Fat chance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

28 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estância Sinistra  »

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1.20 : 1
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


Remade as The Sunset Trail (1932) See more »


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Pretty typical.
28 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Buck Jones stars in this modest B-western. The film has a prologue in which you learn that Sim is a drifter and happy to be one. You also learn that his friend Ranny is looking to settle down. Some time passes and they go their separate ways when Sim receives a letter from Ranny—inviting him to come work for a nice lady on her ranch. However, by the time Sim arrives, Ranny has been murdered—shot in the back by a gang of jerks bent on controlling all the ranches (a very typical western theme). Sim vows to exact revenge and the rest of the movie is simply lead up to the finale—a finale in which Sim CANNOT just shoot the killer when he apprehends him (that would violate the B-western unwritten code). All in all, this is a very, very typical sort of western with few surprises. However, Buck Jones was a good actor and the film is entertaining provided your expectations aren't too high. My biggest problem was simply that I felt like I'd seen all this before—which will be your reaction if you've seen many of these old lower-budgeted westerns.

By the way, I am not sure why but the original title screen appears to have been hastily replaced. And, the film is currently in the public domain.

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