Damn That Dam
Having convinced a group of homesteaders to settle in Paradise Valley, Red Ryder (Allan Lane) finds himself negotiating with some business men in Central City over the construction of a dam as water in Paradise Valley is in short supply. But when the dam is completed he finds himself being double crossed by the business men who funnel all the water towards Central City. Having been the one to convince the homesteaders to cut the deal with the businessmen Red finds them blaming him and having to put things right so to restore order to things.
Like so many of these old one hour westerns, "Homesteaders of Paradise Valley" is likely to appeal to those who remember heading to the flicks as a child to watch either Allan Lane or the latest episode of Red Ryder. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if this simple western caused some sort of wave of nostalgia and a yearning for the cinema of a bygone era because whilst "Homesteaders of Paradise Valley" didn't do a great deal to entertain men it did have a certain charm to it with young Robert Blake playing Ryder's young sidekick Little Beaver.
But the thing is that "Homesteaders of Paradise Valley" is just another one of those old westerns which recycled a storyline from a different western franchise. As such we have homesteaders struggling to make a go of it with crooked business men making things even more difficult and of course good guy Red Ryder doing what he can to keep promises, protect the good guys and see that bad guys get what is coming to them. Along the way there is some nice action but also some action, in particular horse chase scenes, which I reckon may have been stock footage as they had an almost generic quality to them.
What this all boils down to is that "Homesteaders of Paradise Valley" is as I said just another old one hour western which isn't anything special but might just charm those who remember seeing it when they were young.