|The Fighting Ranger|
|Directed by||Jay Marchant|
|Written by||Fred McConnell|
George W. Pyper
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Fighting Ranger is a 1925 American Western film serial directed by Jay Marchant and starring Jack Dougherty. The film is now considered to be lost.
As described in a review in a film magazine, fifteen years earlier, John Marshall (Welsh), a prosperous cattle raiser, shot a man. He knew the act was justifiable, but because of the political influence of his victim he felt his only recourse was to flee. Taking his little daughter, he hid himself in a fastness of the mountains that constitute a part of his vast ranch. The only man he trusts in the outside world is Topaz Taggart (Osborne), a political boss and all-round tricky citizen, who is really trying to get Marshall's ranch as he knows that buried on it is a fabulous treasure that is guarded by an aged Yaqui, the last of his tribe. Bud Hughes (Wilson), one time an aviator but now a tramp, has attached himself to Marshall's hiding place which also includes Miguel Cordero (Avery), a faithful Mexican workman. One day Terrence O'Rourke (Dougherty), a forest ranger with a double mission, drops into the hiding place because, due to a wound, he lost control of his airplane. Marshall's daughter Mary (Sedgwick), now grown into womanhood, nurses the young man back to health. From here, in later chapters Terrence becomes her and her father's protector in a series of disheartening experiences at the hands of Taggart and his tools.