Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
The first western produced by the newly established Fred Thomson unit at FBO, Ridin' the Wind was severely panned by critics, one of whom found the film to be "as connected as a jackrabbit's tail after being blown to pieces by a shotgun." The story was the old one about the honest rancher whose kid brother joins a gang of outlaws. Thomson's Jim Harkness goes after the masked bandits, capturing only brother Dick (Lewis Sargent), whom he admonishes to go straight. The stubborn kid refuses of course and doesn't repent until the gang captures brother Jim and his girlfriend May (Jacqueline Gadsdon). Thomson had earlier starred in a series of westerns produced by Monogram for release by FBO. Despite the lukewarm reception of this film, the star's first under a new contract with the company, Thomson managed to almost rival the king of the genre, Tom Mix, before his untimely death in 1928.The original story for this film was penned by one "Frank M. Clifton," the nom-de-plume of Thomson's wife, screenwriter Frances Marion.
brother, capture, college, daughter, gangster, justice, loot, outlaw [Western], return, reward, robbery, schoolteacher, sheriff, train [locomotive]