Cast & Crew
Clarence H. Wilson
In 1918, soldier Tom Malone returns from the war to Lone Pine, CA, and is hired by "Uncle" Mulford to stop rustlers who have been stealing his cattle. City banker Henry Ramsey and his three daughters pass through town, and Ramsey, impressed with Tom, hires him to be the foreman of his Rancho Casa Grande in Los Angeles, which has been mysteriously losing cattle under the management of J. P. "Red" McIntyre. When Tom arrives at Casa Grande, he asks Ramsey for twenty percent of the ranch profits as a salary and takes Ramsey's daughter Mary to lunch. After McIntyre is held up in a raid at the restaurant, Tom is prepared to take his place, but Ramsey, angry at Tom for his audacity and his interest in Mary, fires him and leaves for the city. Tom stays at the ranch, which has lost 750 head of cattle, and sends for Mary. When Ramsey realizes Tom is still running Casa Grande, he hurries to the ranch and finds Tom busily apprehending McIntyre and his men, who were trying to steal 1,000 head of cattle. Ramsey arrives and has Tom arrested on a rustling charge, even though Mary assures her father that Tom saved him $20,000 worth of cattle. Ramsey agrees to withdraw his complaint only on condition that Tom leave the county and promise never to see Mary again. Tom escapes jail and sneaks into the ranch, renewing a playful promise he made to split Ramsey's ears if he doesn't give him what he wants. Ramsey, terrified, offers him his job back with half-interest in the ranch. Tom then tells Mary he wants one hundred percent interest in her, and they race off to the Mexican border on horseback. Ramsey assumes Mary was kidnapped and chases the couple. At the border, after Tom asks the guard to keep his fiancée's father from crossing, he and Mary marry.
Clarence H. Wilson
According to press material found in copyright records, this film was shot on location at Mount Whitney in Bridgeport, CA, and in Big Pine, Lone Pine, Mojave, Red Rock Canyon and Brandt Rancho near Girard, CA. Film Daily credits Phil Cahn as editor, although Albert Akst is listed on the film. Modern sources add Slim Whitaker and Clyde Kinney to the cast. Peter B. Kyne's story was also the source for the 1926 Universal film The Buckaroo Kid, directed by Lynn Reynolds and starring Hoot Gibson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0669).