Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
The tragic drowning death of stunt woman Ethel Hall marred the filming of this otherwise below average Tom Mix western. The plot is unremarkable to say the least; Mix heroically saves rancher's daughter Dorothy Dwan from both a raging river and a gang of cattle rustlers led by popular western villain Wallace McDonald. The raging water scenes were filmed on California's Merced River. The 22-year-old Ethel Hall, doubling leading lady Dorothy Dwan, was apparently knocked unconscious when her head hit a rock. Mix's stunt co-coordinator Rocky Cline attempted to save her, but she drowned in the rapids. All in all, Tumbling River was not one of Mix's happier occasion.
ambush, bad-guy, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, escape, good-guy, horse, outlaw [Western], ranch, rescue, rustler