Cast & Crew
Big Boy Williams
A gang of outlaws composed of three brothers rides through a Western town in an attempt to lure Hopkins, the local sheriff, into an ambush. The leader of the gang, known by the name of Pecos, is the father of the outlaws. By diverting the sheriff, Pecos hopes to be reunited with his youngest son, Bob Wilson, the half brother of his three older sons, who has been raised in the East and does not know that his father is wanted by the law. While returning home from college on the stagecoach, Bob meets Ruth, Sheriff Hopkins' daughter, who attended the same Eastern college where Bob studied law, and who has closely followed his career as a famous football player. When Bob's half brothers try to rob the stage, Bob saves it and is invited to stay at the Hopkins' ranch. No one in town has heard of George Wilson, Bob's father, and without realizing it, Bob rescues the elderly George when some toughs try to capture the man they know as Pecos. Although this arouses Hopkins' suspicions, Ruth gives him her horse, Sunny, so that he can search for his father. After Bob meets up with Pecos, who is still concealing his true identity, he is beaten by his half brothers, and as Pecos nurses him back to health, Bob eventually learns that Pecos is his father and suggests that the whole family relocate to Wyoming in order to avoid prison. When Bob returns to Ruth, he learns that Hopkins is planning to capture the Pecos gang in a hold-up, and shortly after, Pecos, who was not involved in the hold-up and who had wanted to turn himself in, is killed by Hopkins. Bob's brothers promise to reform if he takes revenge on Hopkins, and although Bob wants to kill the sheriff, he cannot because he is in love with Ruth, and ends up rescuing Hopkins when his horse bolts. Bob sends for Ruth in order to tell her he is leaving town, but his brothers take her prisoner and she mistakenly believes that Bob has used her. Ruth secretly sends a note to her father via Sunny, and Bob realizes the extent of his brothers' depravity when they invite him to play cards and offer Ruth as the prize. He fights them for her, and during the melee, Hopkins arrives to take the gang prisoner. Ruth continues to doubt Bob's innocence until one of his half brothers admits that Bob had no part in their criminal activities, after which Ruth leaves with Bob.
Big Boy Williams
Writer Guinn Williams was also known as the actor Big Boy Williams. Hollywood Reporter production charts indicate that the film's working title was Rider of the Dawn. Although onscreen credits include a copyright statement, the title is not listed in copyright records. According to a Hollywood Reporter production chart, Gordon Griffith is listed as screenwriter, but his contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to modern sources, "Rock" Hawkey was a pseudonym for director Bob Hill, who also appeared in the cast along with George Chesebro, George Morrell, Francis Walker, Buck Morgan, Ray Henderson and Wally West.