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
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This is a great early Buck Jones western. It is Buck's second talking movie and was made for Columbia in 1930. It is neatly packaged and represents, in my opinion, one of the very best of the B-Western genre. Buck plays a wandering cowboy whose best friend is an older gent named Ranny Williams. Ranny is played by Frank Rice who turns in a top notch performance, especially when he tells Buck that he is tired of wandering from one outfit to another, and when he reminisces about his old friend right before he goes off to town and is shot in the back.
Another great scene is when Buck comes to Shadow Ranch just as the townspeople are burying Ranny. Buck silently rides by the graveside service and removes his hat as he passes by in respect, not knowing it is his old friend they are burying.
The rest of the film deals with Buck taking up the fight for his old pal and the female owner of Shadow Ranch.
This is a special movie.
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