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Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on a short story by Peter B. Kyne, this low-budget Benjamin F. Wilson production featured lower-echelon cowboy star Roy Stewart as Sunny Jim Ballantyne, a prospector whose wife Carmen (Kathleen Kirkham) attends a dance with a notorious gambler (Earl Metcalfe). When Ballantyne naturally takes umbrage at such a public display of infidelity, Carmen begs her friend William Carson (Jack Pratt) to take her in. After Ballantyne discovers his wife's defection, he retreats to the desert gold fields where he later forms a partnership with none other than Carson. The two men become friends until Ballantyne accidentally learns the truth: the man he now considers to be his friend once housed his unfaithful wife. Disgusted, Jim returns to Yellow Jacket where Carmen is now a dance-hall hostess. She declares Carson innocent and Jim hastens back to the desert, managing to save his partner from being blown to bits by a timed explosion. Producer-director Wilson specialized in Kyne stories at the time, releasing his little melodramas through the Arrow Film Corp. exchanges.

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friendship, love-triangle, prospector, rival, selfishness