Cast & Crew
Captain Cole Porter and his gang--Hite, Chuck Wallace and Zeke--chase the Arizonian after having bought his cattle, stolen back their money and killed his partner, a scheme they have perpetrated many times before. They shoot the Arizonian, but his horse Tarzan helps him escape. Porter and his men then go to the ranch of Joe Moore and his daughter Katherine, known as Miss Kay. Porter buys two hundred cattle from Moore, under the stipulation that they be ready early tomorrow morning, which will require all of Moore's ranch hands to be away working the roundup. Their business through, Kay leaves, and during her ride is led by Tarzan to the Arizonian, whom she takes to the house. He collapses before he can say who shot him, and after Kay tends to him she takes the $6,000 Moore paid for the cattle to town for safekeeping. Porter sees her in town, and alerts his men to go to Moore's house to retrieve his money. The gang kills Moore and steals his strongbox, but are seen by the Arizonian as they leave. Kay and Porter see the Arizonian leave as he pursues the gang, and when Porter enters the house, he writes "the Arizonian" near Moore's body and puts the charcoal in his hand. Porter's frame-up is successful, and Kay and the sheriff are convinced of the Arizonian's guilt, although Porter is chagrined when Kay tells him that she had taken the money to town. When the Arizonian tries to return to the ranch, Porter opens fire on him, and he takes to the hills, where he is held up by Emilio Vasquez, a local bandit. Once Vasquez learns that the Arizonian has no money, and that he is also hiding from the law, Vasquez takes him to his hideout, which he shares with his lover Lola. Vasquez keeps an eye on Lola, who attempts to lavish her charms on the oblivious Arizonian, while he and the Arizonian become friends. Upset that Kay, with whom he has fallen in love, thinks ill of him, the Arizonian returns to her ranch to convince her of his innocence. He is chased by Porter's gang, but he eludes them and surprises Kay. She pretends to believe his declarations, but soon she steals his gun and gets the drop on him. Porter's men again try to capture him, and again he escapes. He returns to the hideout, where Lola tries to flirt with him. Vasquez spanks her, then plans with the Arizonian to trick Porter into revealing his guilt. Vasquez pretends to sell horses to Porter, who gives him the money and tells him to have the herd ready for the morning. Meanwhile, Lola, furious about the beating, tells the sheriff that she will lead him to Vasquez. The Arizonian and Vasquez kidnap Kay and Porter, and dress Porter in Vasquez' clothing so that his men will kill him instead of Vasquez. The gang arrives and the Arizonian at last convinces Kay of his innocence when they kill Porter. Vasquez is shot while trying to protect Kay from the killers, after which the sheriff arrives. Lola sheds bitter tears over Vasquez' body, while Kay assures the sheriff of Porter's guilt. Kay and the Arizonian declare that they will be lonely, she without her father and he without his partner, and Kay offers him a job running her ranch. The Arizonian accepts and they shake to seal their new partnership.
Tarzan, The Wonder Horse
Although contemporary sources list Tiffany Productions, Inc. as the production and distributing company, the viewing print listed Amity Pictures in the onscreen credits. It is believed that Amity distributed the film at a later time. Modern sources list Edmund Cobb and Jack Rockwell in the cast. Ken Maynard made 11 westerns for Tiffany between 1930 and 1932.