Ring Hazzard, a young man raised to manhood in a secret canyon by his father, a fugitive from a false murder charge, meets his first female by saving Wilda Lanning, a rancher's daughter, ... See full summary »
Ring Hazzard, a young man raised to manhood in a secret canyon by his father, a fugitive from a false murder charge, meets his first female by saving Wilda Lanning, a rancher's daughter, from a wild horse stampede. A wild bronco kills his father, and Ring and Wilda leave the valley with a herd of mustangs, captured by Ring, to sell them in Gunsight. Along the way, Wilda is bitten by a rattlesnake and Ring has to leave his herd to take her to a doctor. Matt Rogan drives Ring's herd into town as his own, and the first of many conflicts and problems facing the young man begins. Written by
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"You're Carrying Another Man's Brand For The Rest Of Your Life"
A curious little present-day western set in the Huecos Mountains of New Mexico, the film offers action and love interest, and Wilda Lanning (Frances Robinson) gets to faint three times. Wyndham Gittens wrote and directed this melodrama, and Elwood Bredell, his Director of Photography, delivered beautifully sharp black and white images. The sound is also first-class.
Beery carries the film. His 'noble savage' interpretation of Ring is a joy to watch. With simple goodness, Ring faces down the malevolence and duplicity of the city folk, and quite literally makes his mark on Wilda.
If some aspects look glaringly amateurish now (the crude back-projection of the indian dance, the studio-shot inserts of Ring on the bucking bronco, the fight between Ring and Matt Rogan in which nobody lands a punch), it can readily be conceded that, given the conventions of the day, a contemporary audience would not have been troubled in the slightest.
Verdict - An unusual film, crisply photographed and a pleasure to watch.
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