Made in 1933 while cowboy star Ken Maynard was under contract at Universal, this film has better production values than some of his other sound films. For those curious about Maynard and his famous horse Tarzan, this is really a great, enjoyable and unusual Western. This is not really a shot 'em up Western. There is plenty of action, however, in this story of how a Wild Strawberry Roan comes to be tamed. <br/><br/>If you know the famous song, you know the plot of this film. In fact, part of the plot involves a fictionalized account of how the catchy song came to be. Ken displays his limited but real cowboy-like singing abilities. Maynard is sometimes credited as the first singing cowboy in the movies, although Gary Cooper sang a tune in the 1929 Virginian.<br/><br/>Tarzan also shows why he became the famous horse he once was, and has some<br/><br/>memorable and exciting scenes. Tarzan does not play the Strawberry Roan as he is Ken's horse and the Roan is a Wild Horse.
Ken Masters and his two musical pals, Shanty and Curley, are idiling around when ranch owner Big Jim Edwards, his daughter Alice, and his foreman Bart Hawkins, come to town with the news that the Strawberry Roan, a wild stallion, is on the rampage again and luring Big Jim's mares to join his wild herd. He offers any cowboy a job who will help him round-up the wild herd and Ken, Shanty and Curley sign up. Cattleman Colonel Brownlee also offers his prize ranch to the man who is good enough to ride the Strawberry Roan and Ken resolves to try for the prize.(The Colonel either had more ranches than he knew what to do with or was counting on the horse not being caught or not being rode when and if caught.Anyway it moved the plot along). After being chased all over by Ken and his horse Tarzan, Alice is the one who ropes the horse. Well, so much for being uncatchable. They bring him to the corral, where Bart warns Ken to stay away from Alice. The riding contest the next day is a complete ...
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