When Bonnie (Mary Doran) is sent from Chicago to Arizona to run the Sunset
Range by her brother Eddie (James Eagles), little does she know that Grant
(Walter McGrail), her brother's gangster boss, has hidden 200.000 Dolars of
loot money in her trunk ...
Cut to Arizona, where Reasonin' Bates (Hoot
Gibson), notorious woman hater, can't ciome to terms with the fact that a woman
- Bonnie that is - has taken over the Sunset Range, the ranch he's a foreman at
& he was planning to buy with his partner Dan (John Elliott). However,
Bonnie is determined to win him over, even if that means she has to cheat him
out of four months' wages in gambling & has to make him a stupid cowboy
However after four months without wages, Reasonin' has grown
reasonably fond of the girl, & he even agrees to take her to a dance ...
but that's when Bonnie's past - actually Bonnie's brother's past - in person of
Grant, who wants to get back his loot money, catches up with her.
But once he
has got hte money he proves to be no longer content with it & now wants to
force Bonnie & Eddie to further cooperations. Bonnie even tries to buy them
both free by selling Sunset Rqange to Dan & Reasonin' & hand over the
money to Grant, but to little avail, as Grant, learning the law is already on
his trail, guns down Eddie & kidnaps Bonnie when the gangsters are making
their getaway in 2 cars.
Fortunately Eddie was only wounded by Grant, &
he can phone Reasonin', who wastes no time & forms a posse to chase the
cars on horseback. & after a long chase that has Reasonin' jumping into
Grant's speeding car from his horse & the car going over a cliff, with
Reasonin' & Bonnie conveniently falling out to safety beforehand, it of
course all ends happily.
Hoot Gibson was a big cowboy star in the
silent era, but in the 1930's, when the b-Western-genre took a plunger due to
the financial restraints of the depression era in general & the costly
introduction of sound film equipment in particular, Hoot was relegated to do his
stuff on the cheap side, & it sometimes painfully shows in this one, like
in an outdoor-scene at a railway station when Gibson & Mary Doran
desperately have to shout their dialogue lines in order to be audible over the
whistling wind. Apart from these shortcomings, Sunset Range is a
charming little b-Western with Gibson & Doran making an amusing central
couple, especially with Gibson turning in his usual rather ironic & funny
cowboy performance, which makes a nice change to the straight forward heroism
of the likes of Harry Carey or Ken Maynard.