Red Blood of Courage
Cast & Crew
Ben Hendricks Jr.
Disguised as a woodsman, Jim Sullivan of the North West Mounted Police searches for fellow Mountie Buck Taylor, who disappeared while also working undercover. As Jim rides past a sign warning strangers to keep away, he is accosted by tough Bart Slager. Bart threatens violence if Jim does not move on quickly, but the amiable Jim rides on to the local trading post, where Frenchy, a member of Bart's gang, hears Jim ask about Taylor. Frenchy alerts Bart, then reports the news to their boss, Pete Drago. After Jim leaves the post, he is shot at by the gang. Meanwhile, Drago returns to the house of Mark Henry, whom he is impersonating in order to obtain the inheritance of Henry's niece Beth. Beth has not seen her uncle in many years and therefore does not know that Drago is an imposter, nor does she know that her uncle's land is oil-rich. Drago hopes to coerce Beth to marry Bart and then he will kill the real Henry, whom he is holding prisoner. Bart will then control the land as Beth's husband, and the cunning duo will make a fortune from the oil. Drago pressures Beth to marry Bart, but she refuses and becomes fearful when she overhears Drago and Bart discuss their scheme. She runs away and is followed by Bart, but is rescued by Jim, who ties Bart to a tree. After Jim tells Beth his name and assures her that she can trust him, she confides in him. They are interrupted, however, when Frenchy frees Bart and attacks them. They are both captured and taken to the house, where Drago searches Jim's bag and finds a "wanted for murder" poster with Jim's picture. Drago questions Jim and decides that he will be useful, for Beth appears to like him more than she does Bart. Knowing that Jim will have to cooperate or risk being turned in, Drago hires him despite Bart's objections. Later that night, Drago confers with Dr. Meyer, a geologist, about the land's oil deposits, while Jim visits Beth, who has been locked in her room. Beth realizes that Jim is not a killer and urges him to leave before he is discovered. Another of Bart's henchmen, Joe, alerts Drago and Bart that Jim is with Beth. They go to Beth's room, where Bart shoots Drago in the back and accuses Jim of committing the murder. Jim is tied up, while Bart gets drunk and keeps an eye on Beth. Jim is freed by the real Henry, then leaves to summon help after telling Beth to hide in the attic. Jim notifies the Mounties of his predicament by climbing a telephone pole and cutting into the wire's transmission. He is re-captured by Bart when he returns to the house, but is freed once again by Henry after Bart sets the building on fire. Jim chases Bart and Frenchy, who have taken Beth and escaped in a wagon, and the Mounties capture the desperadoes after Jim rescues Beth. Beth is then reunited with her real uncle, and smiles as Jim tells the Mounties that he is going to stay to continue his investigation.
Ben Hendricks Jr.
The film's title card reads, "Ambassador Pictures, Inc. presents James Oliver Curwood's 'Red Blood of Courage,'" and the onscreen cast list states that Ann Sheridan appeared courtesy of Paramount. According to copyright publicity items, Kermit Maynard performed his own stunts and was nearly burned alive when a log cabin set in which he was locked caught fire prematurely during shooting. In 1915, Thomas Santschi directed a two-reel Selig Polyscope version of Curwood's story.