Ridin' for Justice (1932)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Western  |   Release Date - Jan 4, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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More a romantic melodrama than a true Western, this Buck Jones vehicle from Columbia starred Jones as Buck Randall, a carefree cowboy whose popularity with the local saloon girls becomes the talk of the town. The new marshal, Joseph Slyde (Russell Simpson), gets on Buck's bad side by enforcing a "no gun" rule. Buck returns the favor by falling in love with the marshal's mistreated wife, Mary (Mary Doran), and she asks her husband for a divorce so she can marry Buck. After helping Mary escape a lecherous deputy, Frame (Walter Miller), Buck hears a shot and returns to find Frame dead and Mary holding a smoking gun. Marshal Slyde enters and accuses Buck of the crime. Convicted of murder in Slyde's kangaroo court, Buck is saved from being lynched by a more level-headed judge (Robert Mckenzie). As it turns out, Slyde is the real killer and Buck is free to pursue a life with Mary. A former Ziegfeld girl, blond Mary Doran was one of Hollywood's better "other women." She left films in 1937 to marry.

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bachelor, bad-guy, bar [pub], cowboy, gigolo, good-guy, investigation, justice, killing, lawman, marshal, murder, outlaw [Western], rodeo, town, wife