Heading west, Ken and Bouncer end up at the Brooks ranch where Ken is to ride Tarzan in the big race. But both the Sheriff and Edmonds are after him and he must hide both himself and the horse until race time.
At the end of World War I, Bouncer, from the Bronx, follows his buddy Ken "Hell-Fire" Austin west, who boasts his name means something in the Great West, where life will be easy and trouble-free for them. Bouncer soon finds that the only person in the West who knows his buddy is himself and Austin. THey get tossed on the chain-gang for sixty days, for non-payment of their café bill, where Ken spots and becomes friends with a stallion, Tarzan, on the open range. The horse belongs to rancher Judy Brooks who hopes to race him in the Cactusville Sweepstakes in order to pay off a note held on her ranch by Mark Edmunds. Edmunds gets Ken freed from the two-man chain gang to train and ride his horse in the race but Ken learns that Edmunds has a scheme going to beat Judy out of her horse and the ranch. He quits Edmunds and takes on the task of riding Tarzan in the race, but has to keep himself and the horse hidden from the Sheriff and Edmund's henchmen. Written by
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This B-movie stars Ken Maynard and Nat Pendleton. This is an odd pairing, as Maynard plays a cowboy and Pendleton an Eastern mug. The two meet in the army and when they are discharged. Maynard tells Pendleton all about how great it is in Texas as well as how well-known and beloved he is and convinces him to come with him. However, when they arrive, there is no big reception and it turns out Maynard is full of hot air. In fact, they soon end up getting arrested and put on a work crew. But when nearby rancher sees how great he is with horses and gets the pair paroled to her. The plan is to have Maynard ride her prize horse in an upcoming race. And, if it wins, she'll collect a big prize--which they need, of course, to pay off the mortgage. What she doesn't know, however, is that one of her most trusted friends is actually working hard to guarantee she'll fail.
While the film is predictable, it's still a very good B-movie. Much of it is due to Maynard's nice screen presence, his amazing trick riding and a likable sidekick (Pendleton). Good enough that I'd like to see more Ken Maynard films--even if this print was very choppy.
By the way, if you get a chance, read Maynard's IMDb biography. Rarely have I ever seen one so incredibly negative! It even says that 'Maynard was widely considered to be an arrogant jackass'! Wow...that's harsh! Also check out Pendleton's. While Pendleton's is very scant, he was a Columbia University grad, Olympic silver medal wrestler and professional wrestler before going to Hollywood.
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