Cast & Crew
The outlaw Wolf has recently stolen the payroll from Steve Cantrelli's ranch when the stagecoach he is escaping in is attacked by some young Indians. He convinces the Indians to return to the reservation, and Judith Flagg, who is also traveling in the coach, thanks him and invites him to stop by her uncle's place, the Eight Bar Ranch, if he is ever in the neighborhood. Three days later, Sheriff Flagg returns to the Eight Bar after an unsuccessful search for Wolf. Flagg complains that Wolf left water and supplies for him every few miles, so that he would know he had just missed capturing him. Flagg then tells Judith the story of how Cantrelli came to possess the Bridle Bit Ranch: Bruce Wallace, the original owner of the ranch, left it to Cantrelli, who was his foreman, instead of his son Keene when he died. At the time, Keene accused Cantrelli of murdering his father, but when the charges could not be substantiated, Keene disappeared. Judith, who used to play with Keene when they were children, wonders whatever became of Keene. Meanwhile, Cantrelli cheats at cards with some of his cohorts, and then the group decides to go for a drink. At the saloon, the bartender tells them that Wolf has returned to the area. Lertora, one of the men, says he thinks they are safe because Wolf never comes to the ranch when Cantrelli is around. Just as Cantrelli is saying that he would like to meet Wolf face to face, Wolf holds them up, stealing the money they have collected for their cattle. Later, Brute and Jackson, Cantrelli's men, are branding the sheriff's calves with the Bridle Bit brand, when Wolf surprises them. Brute escapes, but Wolf captures Jackson and turns him in to Flagg, threatening to shoot him if he tells Flagg who he is. Flagg thanks him, not realizing who he is at first. However, when Flagg recognizes that Wolf is the outlaw he has been trying to capture, he draws his gun, but soon discovers that Wolf has removed its bullets. Wolf reveals to Flagg and Judith that he is really Keene, after which Flagg agrees to put him on parole so that he may try to prove his innocence. Wolf discovers from Jackson that Cantrelli still has his father's original will, which left the ranch to Keene. Jackson explains that Cantrelli keeps the document on him at all times, so that if he ever meets up with Keene, he will be able to use it to barter for his life. Meanwhile, Brute returns to the Bridle Bit and tells Cantrelli, who had recognized Wolf, what has happened. Cantrelli sends his henchman, Hank, over to the Eight Bar with a message for Keene to meet him at the Lone Pine Saloon. While Cantrelli's gang waits for him in the saloon, Wolf sneaks in through the back door and surprises them. Brute challenges Wolf to a fistfight, and when Wolf wins, Brute prepares to betray Cantrelli. Cantrelli escapes, however, leaving Wolf in possession of the will. Judith and Flagg arrive just in time to learn that Wallace had left the ranch to Keene after all.
The above summary was taken from a dialogue continuity that was submitted to the New York State Censor Board on June 27, 1932. William Colt MacDonald's story May have been a short story. A modern source attributes the screenplay to Wallace MacDonald and includes in the cast Hank Bell, Ted Adams, Fred Burns and Raven, a horse. The film was broadcast on television as Roaring Rider, and is also titled The Texas Tornado in the dialogue script from the New York State Censor archive.