Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
The gruff but lovable Wallace Beery starred in this Zane Grey adaptation from Paramount. He plays the prototype outlaw with a Heart of Gold, sacrificing his own life for the happiness of two young people in love. The young lovers were played by relative newcomers Jean Arthur and Phillips Holmes. Arthur had been spotted by Paramount while working in Grade-"Z" independent westerns and as a co-ed in The Poor Nut (1927). She was to enjoy a legendary career as a sophisticated comedienne, but the Jean Arthur of Stairs of Sand was still the squirrel-like little brunette who had decorated obscure westerns such as Drugstore Cowboy (1925) and Tearin' Loose (1926).
bad-guy-turns-good, couple, happiness, love, outlaw [Western], self-sacrifice