Chandler (Kenneth Thomson) knows a dirty little secret about Charlie
Miller's (H.B.Warner) past, and to keep his mouth shut, he blackmails
Miller into handing him over half his dude ranch (= Western-style holiday
resort) and half his goldmine. And he also wants to marry Miller's
daughter Lila (Evalyn Knapp) and forces Miller to not interfere. To make
his point clear, Chandler has also brought muscle in the person of crook
Tracy (Wheeler Oakman) with him ...
At around the same time, Ken (Ken Maynard) and his saddle pal Cactus
(Gabby Hayes) arrive at the ranch to take part in a horse race ... and
almost naturally, Ken soon catches the eye of Lila,who was never
interested in Chandler anyways. So Chandler and Tracy make up a plan to
not only make self-assured Ken lose the race, they also make him lose all
his money and his beloved horse Tarzan by coaxing Cactus placing a crazy
bet on Ken ... and wouldn't you know it, thanks to a trip wire, Ken really
loses the race, however, he knows he has been had, and instead of
admitting defeat, he starts investigating - so Chandler and Tracy come up
with another plan, and soon enough, Ken is arrested for robbing a
stagecoach ... which he didn't but the money was found on him when he
actually wanted to hand it over to the sheriff (Jack Rockwell).
With Ken in jail, Chandler and Tracy have a fall-out, and eventually
Chandler shoots Tracy, and soon finds a way to pin it on Ken, who has
since broken out of jail.
But Ken has since done some investigating on his own, has put two and
two together, and in the end he manages to trick Chandler into admitting
everything he did.
And what about miller, whom he tried to blackmail ?
Actually, Miller was cleared of whatever it was years ago and has long
told everything to the Sheriff, whohas then secretly worked together with
Ken to trap the villain red-handed.
A nice B-western that looks incredibly polished for a Mascot
release (and it cost way more than their usual output) and that keeps
things going at a steady pace (which would be standard for Mascot
though) - only the scenes with Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette (who would
soon star in Mascot's Phantom
Empire) doing musical numbers slows down the film a bit. But while
the film is nice, it is also nothing great, it looks way too much like a
Western from the production line without any rough edges or original
ideas, it's well done, but then again, it just fails to stand out of the
By the way, at the beginning of the film, Ken, playing a guitar riding
on his horse, sings a tune (with a borrowed voice).