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Home on the Range(1934)

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Boyd Thurman, Beady Pierce and Georgie Haley con James Butts into buying a worthless chicken farm in Alaska by leading him to believe there is gold on the land. Boyd is arrested, but Beady and Georgie escape to Green Valley, Arizona, where Beady becomes the proprietor of a lunch room in a hotel, and Georgie works in the kitchen. In time, Beady wins the entire hotel through gambling and Georgie and her friend Elsie Brownly open a dance hall. Georgie falls in love with Tom Hatfield, an honest rancher who is on the brink of losing his horse ranch because he cannot pay the mortgage. His brother Jack has been training a horse named Midnight for a race, hoping he can win enough money to pay off the mortgage. Jack becomes enraged when Tom hires a jockey, Flash Roberts, to ride Midnight, because he is unwilling to take any chance on the horse losing. Released from jail, Boyd comes to Green Valley, and Beady enlists his help to get ownership of Tom's ranch. Boyd and a thug attack Tom and Jack, getting Tom's money belt which contains eight thousand dollars from a recent cattle sale. When Georgie finds out, she confronts Boyd and Beady, to no avail, and later Beady kills Boyd to get him out of the way. Beady, who owns Tom's mortgage, warns Tom he will call in the loan at any time. His cohort Benson starts a brush fire which threatens the Hatfield ranch, and Beady, who has paid off Flash, uses this opportunity to steal Midnight. After Georgie confesses her sordid past to Tom, he forgives her, and they battle the brush fire back from the ranch, where they discover Beady's treachery. They rush to the racetrack where the manager agrees to change Midnight's registration back to Tom. Jack knocks out Flash and takes his place on the horse. Midnight wins, and Tom confronts Beady with a gun, demanding the return of his money, which he then uses to pay his mortgage. The sheriff arrests Beady for Boyd's murder, and Tom and Georgie are married.