Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
An average Tim Holt oater from RKO, Riding the Wind is set in the New Mexico desert where the ranchers are at the mercy of nasty Henry Dodge (Eddie Dew), the owner of the Dodge Land and Water Company. Ranchers Clay Stewart (Holt) and Burt Macleod (Earle Hodgins) at first hire lawyer Jackson (Larry Steers) to take care of things legally but the case is stalled in court. In the meantime, the hot-tempered MacLeod suggests dynamiting Dodge's dam, whereas Stewart proposes that the ranchers dig wells and install windmills designed by Ezra Westfall (Charles Phipps). Dodge and his men seek to sabotage these endeavors but Clay and his sidekicks Smokey (Ray Whitley) and Whopper (Lee "Lasses" White) get the last laugh. With Dodge in jail for bribing a judge, Clay, Eza and Ezra's pretty daughter Joan (Mary Douglas) ride on to build more windmills. Heroine Mary Douglas was in reality veteran B-Western leading lady Joan Barclay, a pretty redhead who had begun her career with yet another moniker, Geraine Grear). Miss Barclay was only "Mary Douglas" in this one film.
aristocracy, bad-guy, bankruptcy, bomb, building, cattle, con/scam, court [law], cowboy, dam, flood, good-guy, group, land, landowner, land-scheme, land-war, neighbor, plans, ranch, river, search, songwriter, water