Marshall Bruce Manning’s biggest challenge is to prevent the ranchers in Paradise valley from running out new settlers who think they have equal rights.
Manning is in love with Ann Marshall,the daughter of a rancher. Her brother Clay shoots a nester in cold-blood and is on the run.
Realizing that war between the ranchers and settlers was now imminent;Manning takes Clay into protective custody. Clay’s father believes his son to be innocent and rescues him. In the mean while, Ma Potter, the slain man’s mother is swearing revenge and abducts Ann. In the ensuing gun battle, Clay is mistakenly shot by his father. The dying man confesses his crime and the movie ends predictably with both bereaved families agreeing to share the land.
Bob Custer (real name Raymond Anthony Glen), was the hero of several silent westerns produced in the 1920s. In this movie, his rich baritone voice comes alive. When Ma Potter’s son is shot in cold blood, she comes out with her guns blazing.
Running Time: 57 Minutes MPAA Ratings: NR (Suitable for Children)
Paradise valley offers refuge and the promise of abetter future to nesters who flock to it only to be turned back by resident ranchers. When young Joel Potter tries to reason out with rancher Morgan’s son Clay, he is shot in cold blood. For Marshal Manning, nothing could be worse. He is caught between his devotion toduty and his love. He has to arrest Clay his fiancé’s brother and riskloosing Ann. Ma Potter, Joel’s mother settles the issue for everybody by kidnapping Ann and forcing the Morgan’s out into the open. When the dust settles, Clay Morgan is dead , felled by a bullet from his father’s gun, but not before he confesses to his crime. Paradise valley is now thrown open to settlers.
You get two former silent screen stars for the price of one with this ultra low-budget Reliable Western (three if you count that Jack-of-all-trades Denver Dixon, whose name is misspelled "Dickson" in the credits). But while Wally Wales, here playing a be leaguered nester, went on to become a busy character player under the name of Hal Taliaferro, the overly stoic Bob Custer failed to appeal to sound audiences and his three Reliable Westerns proved the end of a starring career begun back in 1924. Custer is his wooden cigar store Indian selfin Ambush Valley but is of course given less than stellar material by director Franklyn Shamray, who is actually producer Bernard B. Ray indisguise. That Ambush Valley remains as entertaining as it is depends solely on the supporting cast, especially mustachioed Eddie Phillips as one of those wastrel sons endemic to melo-dramas like this, and Vane Calvert as the redoubtable Mr. Wales' vengeful maw. Founded in 1934 by movie pioneers Bernard B. Ray and Harry S. Webb, small-scale Reliable Pictures Corp. issued a total of 45 films during its 3½-year existence,including five 2-reel "Bud'n'Ben" Westerns. The studio was located at Sunset Blvd. and Beachwood Dr. in Hollywood and later became home to the Three Stooges and the Columbia short subject department. It remains a rental facility to this day. written by Hans J. Wollstein
Bernard B. Ray
Wally Wales - Joel Potter
Oscar Gahan - Nester Diggs
Ed Cassidy - Nester
Victor Adamson - Henchman Hank (as Denver Dixon)
Wally West - Nester
Jimmy Aubrey - Murdered Nester (as Jack Anderson)
Jack Gilman - Murdered Nester's Son
Oklahoma Rangers - Musicians
Ed Carey - Saloon Henchman (uncredited)
Tex Cooper - Townsman (uncredited)
John Elliott - Bob Morgan (uncredited)
Jack Evans - Henchman Andrews (uncredited)
Herman Hack - Bartender Sam (uncredited)
Milburn Morante - Barfly (uncredited)
Buck Morgan - Saloon Henchman (uncredited)
George Morrell - Nester (uncredited)
Roger Williams - Blake (uncredited)
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