Riders of Rio (1931)

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A couple of ranchers, Bob Lane (Lane Chandler) and Travis (Bob Card) fight over the pretty daughter (Karla Cowan) of a cantina owner in this no-budget western released by William Pizor's Imperial Distributing Corp. Bob is convinced by his snobbish family to give up the cantina girl, Nieta, in favor of the more suitable Doris Hart (Lorena Carr). He follows their advice but is soon falsely accused of poisoning the local watering hole. The real culprit is Travis, whose little daughter (Betty Lou Gay) Bob saves from dying in the desert. Returning the child, Bob and Doris agree to let the authorities deal with the ungrateful Travis. This rather incoherent story was filmed near Palm Springs by the Tansey brothers, John and Robert Emmett. Chandler later complained that the brothers never paid him his full salary. Producer-director Robert Emmett Tansey also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym "R.E. Barringer."