Cast & Crew
Noah Beery Jr.
The Black Bandit holds up a stagecoach, but steals only a briefcase containing the will of Mary and Danny Brand's late father. In reality, the Black Bandit is not a thief, but neighboring rancher Tom Lawson, who is attempting to prevent the Brand ranch from being purchased by the unscrupulous Dave Winters. The Brand ranch foreman, Bill Brett, plants suspicion in Mary's mind that Tom may have killed her father, as he was alone with him just before he died, and it is well known that Tom wanted to buy part of the ranch, which contains a freshwater spring, of which only Tom knows the location. When Mary, who has been living in the East, signs a bill of sale turning the ranch over to Winters, the lights suddenly extinguish, and the bandit steals the paperwork. Knowing that their father never wanted to sell, Danny is relieved that the sale of the ranch now is not official. In the meantime, Winters and Brett, working together, plan to run off more of the Brand herd, the loss of which, they hope, will force Mary to sell the ranch again. When Tom shoots a rattlesnake and saves Mary's life, her heart warms to him, but she is still suspicious. Tom and Brett are rivals for her affection, and during the big rodeo, Brett unsuccessfully tries to sabotage Tom. Tom wins all the events in spite of Brett's interference, and he is declared all-around champion of the rodeo. When Danny is kidnapped by Brett's gang, Tom warns a sheriff and heads to the gang's hideout. He rescues Danny, who informs Mary of Brett's misdeed. Mary, however, has just sold her herd of horses to Winters, who never intends to pay her. Mary realizes she has been wrong about Tom, and after he captures Brett and turns both him and the gang over to the sheriff, she rides off with him to find the hidden spring.
Noah Beery Jr.
A modern source includes Walter Brennan in the cast, and gives screenplay credit to Jack Cunningham as well as Frank Howard Clark.