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 is a minor picture in the scheme of B-westerns, but fans of the genre and fans of Ken Maynard should take an hour and watch it, as they will likely find it entertaining. First of all, there is plenty of great scenery from California's Alabama Hills with the Eastern Sierra in the spring as the scenic backdrop. Second, the film is a comedy, done subtly and naturally-- never self-consciously. Third, there is plenty of horse action-- primarily horses running with all get-out in races, plus Tarzan gets to shine with some surprising antics and even puts on a disguise (it could even be argued that Tarzan is easier on the eyes than the leading lady Ivy Merton). Fourth, I think only one gunshot is heard in the whole picture...see if you can find it. The story is thin and sometimes one must suspend reality to accept the sequence of goings-on in the picture, but it is a fun and fresh diversion in the B-western array.
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