A strong supporting cast that included blond flapper Betty Francisco, veteran supporting player J. Farrell McDonald and smooth-looking action leading man Jack Mower elevated Riding with Death above the average Buck Jones western. Texas Ranger Steve Dorsey (Jones) searches for the villain who murdered his partner Val Nelson (Mower). The killer, it turns out, is Dorsey's romantic rival, sheriff Pat Garrity (McDonald). The crooked lawman ships Dorsey off to jail, but our hero manages to get word to the Rangers, who ride to the rescue. The trade-paper Motion Picture News took Jones to task for changing his first name from plain "Buck" to "Charles" in this film but lauded him for "executing a 'Mix' or two by doubling for himself in stunts."
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