Cast & Crew
Wandering cowboys Ken Masters, Shanty and Curley join up with Big Jim Edwards' ranch after he offers a job to anyone who can round up the Strawberry Roan, a wild stallion that has been rustling his mares for his own wild herd. Cattleman Colonel Brownlee sweetens the pot by offering his ranch to whomever can ride the Roan, and Ken decides to aim for that prize. The next day, Ken tries to capture the Roan but is defeated at every turn by Big Jim's ranch hand, Bart Hawkins, who sees in Ken a rival for the affection of Big Jim's daughter Alice. Alice eventually ropes the horse, however, and together, she and Ken bring him to the ranch. That night, Bart warns Ken to stay away from Alice as they are engaged. With the next day comes the riding contest, and the Roan bucks cowboy after cowboy. He nearly kills Curley, but is prevented by Ken's horse, Tarzan, who leaps over the fence to fight him. As a result, Ken does not get an opportunity to ride the Roan. One night when Ken and Alice are out riding, they see Bart rustle Big Jim's herd and torture the Roan in an effort to beat him into submission so he can win the ranch. Before Ken can stop him, Bart stampedes the herd, and Ken rescues Alice from certain death. The Roan escapes and leads his herd on a destructive rampage on Big Jim's ranch. Big Jim and Brownlee decide to round the horse up and kill him the next day, but Ken intervenes, pleading for the horse's life. In the midst of the argument, Bart emerges from the rocks and tries to shoot the Roan, but Ken shoots the gun out of his hand. The Roan tries to kill Bart, and Ken is forced to save him. This further convinces Brownlee of the Roan's murderousness, until Ken tells him of Bart's torture. Bart is taken into custody, and the next day, Ken wins Brownlee's ranch by successfully riding the Roan. Ken also wins Alice's love, and he sets the Roan free.
Hollywood Reporter news item lists the film's pre-release title as Red Roan. A modern source includes Ben Corbett, Art Mix and Bud McClure in the cast.