Treason (1933)

Run Time - 61 min.  |  
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In this unusual Western, Buck Jones is not only branded for being a "squaw stealer" (i.e. rapist) but his prey is a woman vigilante attempting to establish a republic in Kansas. The woman, Joan Randall (Shirley Grey), is determined to reclaim land she believes was stolen by the U.S. government. Unbeknownst to Joan, however, her second-in-command, one Colonel Jedcott (Robert Ellis), is an unscrupulous charlatan merely out to enrich himself. When a town is ruthlessly pillaged by a gang of the colonel's henchmen, U.S. Army commander Frank Hawthorne (Charles Hill Mailes) assigns the case to his best operative, Jeff Connors (Jones). When Jeff discovers that outlaw Chet Dawson (Frank Lackteen) is scheduled to meet with Joan, our hero arranges to appear in his stead, and although he doesn't agree with the girl's position, he develops a fondness for her that ultimately turns to love. Dawson unhappily turns up at the absolute worst moment and Jeff and Joan are forced to flee. She is eventually put on trial and sentenced to hang but Jeff manages to obtain a last minute pardon from the governor. But will he arrive in time to save the woman he loves?