Bob (Bob Steele) finds his father killed by an exploded tube containing
poisoned gas, but when he brings a second - unexploded - tube of the gas to
Zenz (Perry Murdock) the local chemist & assayer, he has to realize that
Zenz himself killed his father, but when Bob & the sheriff want to arrest
him, Zenz makes a successful escape using another o9f his tubes. From now on,
Bob - & his trusted foreman Rusty (John Elliott) decide to dedicate all
their time to hunt down Zenz ...
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One year later, Bob & Rusty, after having found a pocketful of Uranium
(!) & Bob decides to bring it to the local chemist & assayer (always in
hope of finding Zenz).
Meanwhile June Bowers (Peggy Campbell) & her father (Frank Ball) are
doing everything to keep their ranch from falling into the hands of the
unscupulous local chemist Gadsky & his partner (in crime), bankowner
Bentley (Forrest Taylor). But when the old man rides into town to pay back the
mortgage to Gadski through the desert, he is ambushed, shot, robbed & left
for dead. Handing over the Bowers' ranch seems final then, but june, never one
to give up, decides to hold up the stagecoach that takes the legal documents to
the next lawyer ... unfortunately though she is shot at when she does so, &
Bob finds her, unconscious, lieing besides the robbed stage. While he gets some
water though to bring ehr back to consciousness, she makes an escape, & he,
for all his efforts, is arrested as the one who has held up the stage - &
when a watch that belongs to Bowers - which Bob has found earlier on with some
bones - he is accused of having murdered Bowers, too. June, curious of who has
jkilled her father, visits Bob in prison, but he convinces her of his innocence
- especially after telling her that he knows that it was actually her who
robbed the stage. June decidees not only to side with Bob but to help him
escape from prison, so that he can bring her to her father's bones ... or what
the think are her father's bones, as they turn out to be animal bones.
Bentley & Gadxsky decide the air has gotten too thick in town &
decide to rob Bentley's gang & make a getaway, but when robbing the bank
Bentley decides that he'd be much better of without Gadski & knocks him
out. Then he gets to June's ranch - as he her secret admirer has decided to
take her with him, but Bob arrives just in time to take her with him. Gadski
meanwhile took the sheriff (Earl Dwire) & went after Bob, who he thinks
knocked him out at the bank, to have him arrested for the robbery, but the plan
backfires when old man Bowers, not dead at all but having been nursed back to
health in the local Indian reservation, accuses Gadski & Bentley of having
made an attempt on his life, & Gadski's true identity is discovered: he is
in fact murderer Zenz, but in heavy disguise. He succeeds again in getting away
- in a car - but this time Bob is not so easy to be shaken off as he follows
him on horseback, & with a daring leap manages to get into the car himself
where he & Zenz duke it out while the car is going high speed - until it
finally comes to a stop hanging dangerously over a cliff, with Bob is hanging
onto its front. Zenz - his feet firmly on the ground - decides to finish Bob
off with one of his tubes of poisoned gas, but Bob manages to shoot it ourt of
his hand, exploding it right into his face ...
Of all the B-western directors in the 30's, Robert N.Bradbury was generally
considered the most versatile & imaginative, as his films did often contain
elements from outside the genre conventions, which were integrated though as if
they belonged there.
Same goes for this movie that uses many trappings familiar from pulpy crime
thrillers - like the tubes of poisoned gas, villains disguising themselves to
lead respectful lives - within the framework of the Western. That, Bradbury's
fpictorial sense to make the best use of sets & landscapes, & Bob
Steele (acutally Bradbury's son) as a better than usual Western hero make htis
an enjoyable movie.