Drift Fence


56m 1936

Brief Synopsis

Tenderfoot Trask gets rodeo champ Travis to take his place as the new owner of a ranch having trouble with rustlers. To stop the rustling Travis and his men build a drift fence. Out to stop them is Clay Jackson and his men led by Slinger Dunn.

Film Details

Also Known As
Zane's Grey's Drift Fence
Release Date
Feb 14, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Drift Fence by Zane Grey (New York, 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

At a rodeo, Jim Travis offers to ride a bucking horse in place of scared city-man Jim Traft, who has come from New York to learn the cattle business on his uncle's ranch. When Travis learns Traft has orders to build a drift fence to stop cattle rustler Clay Jackson, Travis accepts Traft's request that Travis impersonate him. With Travis' help, the fence progresses well, but Slinger Dunn, who is helping Jackson, threatens Travis. Slinger's father and grandfather were both killed stopping the last drift fence, which threatened to cut resources from the lesser Dunn ranch, and Grandma Dunn is determined that she and Slinger's sister Molly will stop the drift fence if Slinger fails. Although Travis catches Molly cutting the fence wires, he later dances with her at the celebration for the new sheriff. Returning from the dance, Travis finds that Slinger has wounded his ranch hand, Tony, and goes to the Dunns' to confront him. Molly pulls a gun on Tony and explains that Slinger has to pass Tony to get medicine for his grandmother. When Molly insists the Dunns will protect themselves, Travis kisses her. The real Jim Traft then arrives at the ranch incognito while Travis is off camping near the fence site. Slinger helps Jackson steal 1,000 head of the Trafts' best cattle, but refuses Jackson's payment for the deed and warns Travis of Jackson's trap in town. During the shootout in town, Travis tells Slinger he is really a Texas ranger who has been hunting Jackson for killing his rancher friend. When Jackson escapes the gunfire, Travis trails Jackson to Dunn's ranch, where he forces Molly to run away with him. Travis jumps Jackson, however, and a fight ensues that ends in Jackson's death. Jim Traft becomes heir to the ranch, and Travis promises to return to Molly.

Film Details

Also Known As
Zane's Grey's Drift Fence
Release Date
Feb 14, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Drift Fence by Zane Grey (New York, 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The title card for this film reads "Zane Grey's Drift Fence."