The Way of the West is a western filmed in 1934. Fearing the threats of greedy cattle ranchers, Mr. Parker (Fred Parker) hires Inspector Wallace Gordon (Hal Taliaferro) as the foreman of his sheep ranch. Jeff Thompson (Gene Layman), the saloon owner, wants the Parkers off their government leased land and offers 'Cash' Horton (William Desmond) money to run them out of town. Horton tries to trick the Parkers, but Wallace stands up to Horton and defends the Parker's land. When Mr. Parker is alone in Jeff Thompson's saloon, Horton confronts him, shooting and killing him. This triggers a chain of events that sees Wallace framed by Horton and imprisoned. Having killed Mr. Parker and contrived Wallace's imprisonment, Horton is left free to continue running the remaining Parkers out of town. Wallace must rely on the Parkers to help him prove his innocence so Wallace can prevent Horton from taking the ranch away from the Parkers.