Though it probably isn't saying much, Flaming Lead is the best of Ken Maynard's starring vehicles for low-budget Colony Pictures. The story begins, curiously enough, at a nightclub where Maynard is wowing the customers with his expert lariat tricks. One of the patrons is ranch owner Dave O'Brien, who invites our hero to head out west for a "working vacation." Once he's arrived in the Wide Open Spaces, Maynard is obliged to find out who's been depleted O'Brien's herd of horses, thereby endangering his contract with the US Army. For this outing, the increasingly portly Ken Maynard lost several unflattering pounds, a fact duly noted by fans and critics alike.