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Rustlers are stealing cattle using trucks and gangster methods. Magpie
(Ben Corbett), partner in a ranch especially severly hit by the rustlers,
asks his friend Lightning Bill Carson (Tim McCoy) for help, but Bill
declines, having long become a businessman in the meat-packing industry.
However, Bill has actually long begun investigations, because a
competitor, Blackton (Forrest Taylor) has just undercut him for a
gouvernment contract, and Bill is sure he can't be operating at such low a
price and be on the level.
So Bill dresses up as Mexican bandit Miguel
and holds up the trucks of the rustlers, and soon he has stolen for
himself a sizeable herd but has left the rustlers on the dry. He then pays
a visit to their hangout and meets with their boss Thurston (Ted Adams),
who soon hires Miguel as his top rustler, for a 50/50 split. He soon
learns more about the rustlers than is good for them.
Then the rustlers
plan to strike the ranch of Magpie and his partner Joan (Dorothy Short),
but walk into an ambush because Bill has forwarned the ranchers. Most of
the rustlers get away, but when Bill pays a visit to Magpie and Joan, he
makes an almost fatal mistake by revealing his double identity to their
foreman (Stephen Chase), who's the rustler's mole on the ranch, and who
spills the beans to Thurston and company. Bill only barely gets away with
The rustlers, desperate for Magpie and Joan's cattle because
Bill has managed to take all their former loot from them, stage a big
attack on a cattle transport of theirs, but have apparently forgotten Bill
was there when they planned it, and thus walk into another ambush, during
which all of them, including head baddie Blackton, are shot or captured.
so the story of this film might not be entirely original, but at least Tim
McCoy as a comicbook Mexican is a hoot. True, his performance might not be
regarded as politically correct from today's point of view, but it adds a
spot of much-needed colour to the tried-and-true plot. Add to this one of
the better cirectorial efforts by Sam Newfield, and you've got yourself an