“Fighting Hero” opens with a $2500.00 reward wanted poster of Tom tacked to a tree just outside a small western town, displaying his handsome face, the same image used in other movies like “The Silver Bullet”, and Tom with his horse standing by the tree. Tom laughingly tells his horse, “I'm getting all the publicity and you're doing all the work”, assuming an undercover pose. As an undercover agent for Express Company, Tom's assignment is to prevent the holdup of a gold shipment coming through town – and finds himself playing the hero at a poker game, rescuing a young Mexican girl from being convicted for murder which she is being framed for, and taking down two different groups of bandits hot on the trail of the gold shipment.
“Fighting Hero” certainly capitalizes on Tom's dazzling smile, his tough but likable personality – even Morales takes to him quite easily (J. P. McGowan directed a handful of Tom Tyler westerns for his own silent film production company between 1929 and 1930) during the scene in the tent. Directed by Harry S. Webb, Tom Tyler is at his very best in “Fighting Hero” as a hero inviting the viewer to dream about having him as a personal hero.