Cast & Crew
Mountain trapper Brett Dale meets his friend Jim Gayner by the lake shore, where Jim tells Brett that he is struggling against neighboring land owner Clint Beasley to keep his water rights. Jim has sent for his niece Alice to help maintain ownership of the lake property. Later, Brett overhears Beasley and his men, who also work for Jim, plotting to kidnap Alice. Brett foils their plan, saves Alice and takes her to his mountain cabin to wait for her uncle. Unaware of his identity, she is outraged and tries to leave, but Brett's pet lions intimidate her and she decides not to leave. When Jim realizes that Brett has taken Alice to protect her, he rides up to the cabin. Beasley and his men, who arrive at the same time, kill Jim, then buy off the sheriff so that Brett is arrested for the murder. Beasley then tricks Alice into staying at his house under the care of his housekeeper, Mrs. Forney. Beasley also signs a deed for the water rights and gives it to the sheriff to file in the morning. That evening he tries to force himself on Alice but Mrs. Forney intervenes. Meanwhile, Brett's lion "Mike" gets into the jail and begins to maul the sheriff until he confesses the true murderer's identity and releases Brett, who retrieves the deed. Brett's sidekicks, Big Casino and Little Casino, help Alice escape from Beasley's, and they all hide in a barn until a shoot-out starts between Brett and Beasley's men and the barn is set on fire. Beasley grabs Alice, but Brett fights him until Mrs. Forney shoots Beasley from a window. Peace is restored and Brett and Alice are happy together.
Frank Mcglynn Jr.
Financial information located in the Paramount script files at the AMPAS library notes that the negative cost of this film was $116,970.30. According to the pressbook, some scenes were filmed on location in Rancho Las Virgenes, CA. According to a modern source, Randolph Scott was bitten by the cougar during the filming of a scene in which he plays with the cat. Zane Grey's story was first filmed in 1926 by Paramount, directed by John Waters and starring Jack Holt and Georgia Hale (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30; F2.3414).