Although the runaway coach took a horrendous plunge into the raging river in chapter one of Adventures of Red Ryder, chapter two reveals that all three passengers -- Red (Donald Barry), Beth (Vivian Austin), and Shark, the hired killer (Ray Teal) -- emerged unscathed. Shark manages to get away at first, but Red lassoes him back to shore and brings him to the Circle R Ranch. When the killer refuses having murdered Colonel Ryder, despite the fact that Beth witnessed the dirty deed, Red plans to return him to the jail in Mesquite. Fearing that a captured Shark may spill the beans about their reign of terror against the local ranchers, Calvin Drake (Harry Worth) and Ace Hanlon (Noah Beery) send their associate One-Eye Chapin (Bob Kortman) to intercept Red Ryder. But all One-Eye gets out of his labors is a dummy made from straw, the real Shark being instead delivered hidden in a haystack by Little Beaver (Tommy Cook). At the Mesquite jail, Shark is about to reveal the identity of his boss when killed by another of Hanlon's lackeys, Pecos Bates (Bud Geary). Pursuing the fleeing assassin, Red is knocked unconscious right in the path of the posse lead by his friend, Cherokee Sims (Hal Taliaferro).
~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide