The Mysterious Rider


1h 14m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in Folsom's cattle rustling and a chance to settle an old score.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 21, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey (New York, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,529ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

After he discovers he has stolen the wallet of Jack Bellounds, the son of the foreman of the White Slides ranch he used to own, Ben Wade decides to return home with his sidekick, Frosty Kilburn. Twenty years before, Ben was framed for the murder of his partner but fled White Slides and became the notorious bandit, Pecos Bill. Jack, who has a fiery temper, is returning to White Slides after several years in jail, and hopes to renew his romance with Collie, Wade's daughter. Collie, however, is in love with the new foreman, Wils Moore. Ben, under the pseudonym of "Red," and Frosty get jobs as ranchhands at White Slides, and Ben quickly befriends his daughter, who has no idea of his true identity. Ben finds out that the cattle are being rustled, and that Jack's father, William, has assumed ownership of the ranch. Ben is unable to arrange for Collie to become owner, so he becomes determined to at least stop the rustling. In the meantime, Jack goes to his former boss, Cap Folsom, and demands he stop rustling their cattle, but Folsom merely laughs. Ben reveals his true identity to Wils, and Wils becomes his ally, but is arrested when he is seen with "Pecos Bill." Frosty and Ben break Wils out of jail. Folsom kills William because he is the only man alive who knows that he is responsible for the death of Ben's partner and the cattle rustling. Jack seeks to avenge his father's death but is killed. Frosty and Ben attack the rustler's hideout until a posse, led by Wils, arrives. Ben kills Folsom and is ordered out of town by the sheriff. His true identity still a secret, Ben leaves after returning the money he robbed from the stagecoach and seeing Wils and Collie happily situated.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 21, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey (New York, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,529ft (8 reels)

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Notes

A Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Robert Fiske in the cast. His participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Motion Picture Herald release charts list the running time as 90 minutes, however, this is probably an error. As stated in the opening credits, some scenes were filmed on location in the Saguaro Forest, Tucson and in Gleason, AZ. A modern source includes Ben Corbett in the cast. For information on other versions of Zane Grey's novel, see listing above.