Silent cowboy star Fred Thomson, a former army chaplain, played a variation on the Zorro legend in this well-mounted, fast-paced oater from FBO. A Yale graduate, Quemado (Thomson) returns to the border area where once his Spanish forebears reigned supreme. Hiding in the hills, he makes nightly raids on lawless border towns, protecting the weak settlers from ruthless usurpers such as Gretorix (Alan Roscoe). Promising proud Easterner Joanna Thatcher (Gloria Hope that she will someday learn to love him, Quemado watches from afar as the girl is engaged to Gretorix. On the couple's wedding-night, Quemado swoops down from his hill to carry the prospected bride off into the night, forcing her to admit that she does indeed love him. One of Tom Mix's few serious rivals, Thomson was married to prolific screenwriter Frances Marion. He died at the young age of 27 following a gall stone operation.
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