A Spanish-Mexican girl, known as the Tarantula, is coolly polishing the blade of a stiletto with which she has just killed a lover she was tired of, her new lover being a young Mexican boy whose beauty and innocence appeals to her. An American engineer rides into the camp and reports the finding of the body of a man who has been stabbed. An old man in the camp warns the American of the evil this woman does and tells him she is guilty of the murder, and points out the young Mexican boy as the latest victim. The American makes up his mind to resist her, while she, noticing him, tries to catch his eye. He refuses to look. He makes his way into the bar, where he meets the Mexican boy. They both take a great fancy to each other and the American, who is on his way East, promises to take the boy with him. In the meantime, the small encampment have a long journey to make across the desert. The boy tells of his love for the Tarantula, and taking the American outside, introduces him, hut the ... Written by
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The finished print for the film was destroyed in a fire. The original director, Edwin August
, was unavailable, so Universal Pictures told writer Jeanie Macpherson
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