Down on his luck, former silent screen cowboy Buddy Roosevelt starred as the notorious gunslinger the Ridin' Kid in this obscure early sound Western. Cattle baron Mark Perdue (William Bertram) is behind an attempt to drive small landowners out of the valley so that he can have it all to himself. He hires the Ridin' Kid ("the fastest man with a gun in the Southwest") and his sidekick, Pedro (Nick Dunaev), to put a scare into the stubborn farmers. The two friends side with the victims when the Kid falls for pretty Miss Barton (Jean Kay). Roosevelt's career had hit rock bottom when he was approached by Monogram for a proposed series. Mrs. Roosevelt reportedly got into an argument with that studio's casting director and John Wayne earned the berth instead. At liberty, Roosevelt signed with the independent Jack Irwin Productions for a prospective series of low-budget Westerns to be unceremoniously dumped on the states rights market. The Riding Kid, alas, was so deficient in all departments that only one additional Roosevelt Western, Valley of Bad Men, was actually released.
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