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Catching wild horses is forbidden in this part of the country, but that
doesn't keep crooked landowner Rance McGowan (J.P.McGowan) from wanting to
capture & sell them for good money, but the sheriff (Ed Cassidy) &
the Mesquiteers (Bob Livingston as Stoney, Crash Corrigan as Tucson, Max
Terhune as Lullaby) continuously spoil his plans.
So Rance comes up with a devillish plan, he paints one of his horses,
Volcano, like a very distinctive & prominent pinto wild horse, &
has Volcano, & a horde of his other horses, destroy the crops of the
local farmers at night.
Soon enough the local farmers urge the sheriff & the Mesquiteers to
go investigating, & indeed, that same night, they find the fake pinto,
who promptly kills the sheriff ... & things couldn't look better for
Rance McGowan, as soon the locals are willing to sign a petition to revoke
the government's protection of wild horses.
The next day, the Mesquiteers go out to hunt down the (real) pinto,
capture him too & bring him back to town, where Tucson - the newly
appointed sheriff - has to defend him against an angry lynch mob &
promise him - the horse - a fair trial.
Meanwhile, Stoney has fallen for lovely saloon singer Rita (Rita
Cansino a.k.a. Hayworth), who before long arranges a wedding between them
both - much to the dismay of Tucson & Lullaby, but their efforts to
dissuade him avail to nought. So they paint her, the urbane actress, a
rather backwood bicture of her husband to be, until she decides not only
not to marry him but also to skip town in a hurry.
Stoney is devastated & - out of frustration - frees the pinto, whom
he never believed guilty - & rides off with him, soon followed by a
He finds refuge, of all places, at Rance McGowan's farm ... where he
soon spots Volcano, & before long sees through Rance's game.
Fortunately his fellow Mesquiteers have followed Stoney'S trail, &
after one of these shoot-outs the baddies are brought to justice &
A rather silly plot (or actually two rather silly plots, the one about
the horses, the other about Stoney getting married) cannot really destroy
this film, a good-natured piece of B-Western with lots of chases,
shoot-outs, a better than usual leading lady (Rita Hayworth early in her
career), some nice shots of wild horses (though the most impressive
sequence, the pinto fighting a black stallion, was actually lifted from
the 1926 film The Devil Horse), & a bit of light comedy thrown
in for good measure.
Of course, all of this doesn't make it a classic, or outstanding of its
genre, but a good less-than-an-hour of entertainment.