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Wright (Damian O'Flynn) shoots a forester, just because he has
discovered the local forest is plagued by bugs, and Wright just wants that
to not come out yet. But not only has he shot the forester, he even
manages to blame it all on another forester, Gene Autrey, who has been
hunting nearby, and thus even himself believes that he has shot his
colleague. Even though court ultimately acquits him, Gene is a broken man,
and he decides to move far far away ... when he too notices the bug
plague, and can't but report it - and after he also finds out it couldn't
have been him who shot his colleague, he even assumes responsibility for
spraying the forest with DDT by aeroplanes ...
But why did Wright kill the other forester in the first place ?
Wright is the right hand man of Mitchell (Douglas Dumbrille), who runs
the local logging corporation, and Mitchell and Wright figure if they
would have to cut the whole forest clear, it could be mighty good business
But now that Autrey and company spray the forest with DDT, that could
ruin everything - or indeed could it ?
So before long, Mitchell sends his own airplane into the air that
sprays a much stronger dosage of DDT on the land that the one Autrey is
using, and soon enough lifestock starts to die - and he even uses one of
Autrey's man, the alcoholic Joe (Jimmy Lloyd) to fly the plane ...
However, after Autrey talks it over with Joe, he sees the error of his
ways and now tries to collect evidence against Mitchell - and catches a
bullet that almost kills him.
Wright notices that his and Mitchell's cause might be lost before long,
so he organizes the locals who think Autrey's DDT has killed their
lifestock into an angry mob to fight the foresters, but ultimately Autrey
finds conclusive evidence against Mitchell and suddenly Wright and
Mitchell realize they have to kill Autrey, so Mitchell tries to lure
Autrey into a trap ... but Joe learns about it and - with Wright as a
passenger - crashes the plane into the shack where Mitchell is hiding
kamikaze style ...
Patricia Barry plays Autrey's love interest in this one but has
precious little to do ...
Cowboys, airplanes and DDT all in one film - now that sounds pretty
exciting ... unfortunately though, Riders of the Whistling Pines is
not, it's actually a routine Western with a certain production line look
that was obviously made on the cheap - which is why the film's two plane
crashes happen off-screen. In all, one can't fail but realize that the
B-Western genre as a whole has grown tired in the late 1940's, and this
film is apt proof for it.