Riding through the desert like a whirlwind, Ken (Ken Maynard) is gunned down by
captain Cole Porter (Hooper Atchley) & his men, who have already killed his
partner because they wanted to get their hands on the money out of a cattledeal
they made with him. Ken however is saved from certain death bya Kate Moore
(Lina Basquette), whose father (Murdock MacQuarrie) is presently setting up a
cattledeal with Porter ... & soon too, old man Moore is shot, & Porter,
who poses as a respectable business man, is framing Ken, who just set out after
the killers, for the murders.
Ken soon has to realize that he, the hunter, has turned prey, & finds an
unlikely ally in local Mexican badman Vasquez (Michael Visaroff), who wants to
take him under his wing & make him a real outlaw. Ken however is more
interested in letting Kate know that he did not kill her father, even though
she knows nothing better to do than threatening him with a gun & send her
men after him.
So Ken decides to change tactics, & with the help of Vasquez, he sets up
a cattledeal with Porter himself, & indeed, after payday, Porter sends his
thugs to kill Vasquez while he meets up with Kate to have an alibi ... which of
course Ken has accounted for, as he kidnaps them both & forces Porter to
change his cloths with Vasquez. & of course, Porter's men arrive & kill
their own boss, believing it's Vasquez, but they can be defeated in a shootout
with Ken, only Vasquez, the honest outlaw (?) has to give his life in helping
latting justice prevail. When the sheriff arrives, alarmed by Vasquez'
girflriend Lola (Nina Quartero) everything is already over, & Kate,
convinced by Ken's little setup for Porter, will now vouch for Ken's innocence.
Ken Maynard was an extremely popular silent-screen cowboy, howeer when sound
came his extreme woodenness as an actor came to the fore as he was virtually
unable to fill his lines with any kind of conviction. His better films however
kept his acting to a minimum & relied more on his fine horsemanship &
his ability to convincingly handle action-scenes ... & Arizona Terror
is one of his better movies in that respect, filling the scenery with some
colourful characters like Michael Visaroff & Nina Quartero as the Mexican
outlaw & his girlfriend, who immediatley divert the attention from Maynard
in the dialogue scenes.
However, despite being a competent Western, Arizona Terror is at the
same time a far cry from being a classic.