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An aristocratic but destitute southern family attempts to swindle an insurance company by faking the theft of a valuable emerald necklace. The company assigns operatives Eve Rogers (Linda Stirling) and Mike Regan (William Henry as Bill Henry) to the case. Eve is nearly strangled by the scion of the family before being rescued by Mike.
Ace Diamond (James Craven) and Bill Clinker (Rex Lease) frame Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) for the murder of a young rancher, Jim Owens (Jay Kirby as Jay Kirby). Sunset and his sidekick, Banty McCade (Tom London) escape and ride to the Owen's ranch to aid Jim's sister Molly (Peggy Stewart) in her fight to hold the ranch from being taken over by town banker Jacob Lewis (Edmund Cobb), secretly in cahoots with Diamond; both men are aware that an assay report indicates there is gold on the Owens property.
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge) tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Grey as Adrian Booth), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped.
Red Ryder has to help bring in an oil well on Jackson's ranch. Tom Dean found the oil and has started a well. But banker Tuttle hopes to foreclose on the Jackson ranch and has the oil rig burned down.
The stagecoaches on the line owned by Colonel Parker (Russell Simpson) are being robbed and the drivers killed, so The Duchess (Alice Fleming), sends for Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott). Businessman Ernest Murphy (Joel Friedkin), and his gang of outlaws that include the whistling Chopin (Dick Curtis), gets hold of the letter that the Duchess wrote Red and hires the Idaho Kid (Wen Wright) to waylay him. But Red gets the drop on Idaho instead, and then poses as him and joins the gang. Murphy, realizing that Red isn't the man he hired, frames Red for stealing an ore shipment. Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) helps Red escape from the Sheriff (Tom London) and his posse, and they set about to track down the gang.
Redwood Valley residents raise $50,000 for blasting a mountain tunnel to bring a new railroad there. Town leader Bidwell (James Craven) engineers a plot to steal the money and to blame it on the Reno Kid (Bob Steele)who has recently broken out of prison in order to clear himself of false charges that sent him there and caused him to lose his ranch. The badly-wounded sheriff (Tom London) turns his badge over to Red Ryder (Bill Elliott.) Reno visits his wife, Molly (Peggy Stewart) and their ailing son Johnny (John Wayne Wright), and Red, also wounded, is brought there by Little Beaver (Bobby Blake.) There, Red begins to believe Reno's story about being innocent.
In Chicago, Red catches the crook Bull and his two young accomplices. Hoping to reform the boys, he brings them back to the ranch. But upon returning he finds that part of the ranch has been burned and all the hands are quitting.
Governor Price (Frank Jaquet) sends Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) to investigate a smuggling ring which is baffling the Border Patrol. Newspaper woman Ann Morton (Linda Stirling) is working incognito in the saloon waiting for a break on the smuggling story. By posing as an expected outlaw named Brazos Kane (Kenne Duncan), Sunset becomes a member of the gang. Ann discovers his real identity and purpose but conceals her knowledge, even from him.
Gang Leader Dutch Malone (Robert Armstrong) goes on a hunting trip and is in a car wreck and is confined to the hospital, without the knowledge of any of his gang members. District Attorney Brady (William Forrest) induces taxidermist Peter Winkly (also Robert Armstrong), who is an exact double for Malone,to impersonate Dutch and assume leadership of the gang. Winkly "takes over" the gang and only Rita (Marian Martin), Dutch's girl friend, has any suspicion that he is not really Dutch. But Dutch sees a newspaper showing him out on the town, escapes from the hospital and is on his way to look up the imposter.
The land-rush opening of the Cherokee Strip brings in its wake a scattering of outlaws and claim jumpers. Among these is a crooked promoter. Trent Parker (Frank Jacquet), and his henchmen who plan a huge swindle by compiling falsified reports, putting the claims of honest settlers into the names of various henchmen. Clay Stevens (Allan Lane), a government agent posing as a drifting cowhand, advises the settlers to organize their resistance. Ben Jode (Roy Barcroft), the gang leader, runs for sheriff so he can gain full control of the town.
Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) and Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) return to Blue Springs and learn that the Duchess (Alice Fleming), Red's aunt, is going to sell her stagecoach line and marry a snooty Englishman Talbot Champneys (Ian Keith), who is really Fancy Charlie, who has the nasty habit of marrying rich women and then killing them for their fortune. The concerned Red thinks everything is okay until he sees Champneys mistreating Red's horse, Thunder, and he then decides to investigate Champneys because, as he tells Little Beaver, no true Englishman would mistreat a horse. Realizing that he doesn't have much time with Red snooping around, the western Bluebeard persuades the Duchess to return to England with him, meet him at the railroad station to be married and, oh yes, bring her money with her.
When Sunset's brother is murdered, he quits the Rangers and heads out to find the killer. Posing as a prison escapee gets him into the secret hideout of the gang he suspects. He shows the murder bullet to the gunsmith. But the gunsmith, to satisfy a personal grudge, identifies his enemy instead as the owner of the murder weapon.
In flashback, Mr. Christi relates the story of his father Corpus Christi Jim. After robbing a stage, Jim and partners Rocky and Steve decide to go straight and return the money. But the fourth member of the gang, Spade refuses and leaves. The two former partners soon find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
"Iron Mike" Haines (Tom Chatterton), a crooked sheriff, and "Hands" Weber (Roy Barcroft), the town blacksmith, are in cahoots and have been robbing stages, silver mines, etc., and framing innocent ranchers and cowhands with their deeds. They set out to rob the stage and frame Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) for it, but the plan backfires and the sheriff is killed. The sheriff's son, Tommy (Jack McClendon), arrives home from college and is given his dad's job, not knowing he was a crook, and swears to get the man who killed him. Weber tells Tommy that Red killed his dad and Tommy sets out to get Red.
Bill Harmon (Allan Lane) receives a letter from his partner, Dave MacRoy (Bob Wilke) informing him of a rich gold strike in their California mine. Arriving there, Bill learns from elderly miner John Benton (Tom London) that Dave is dead and that he sold the mine at a strangely low price the night before his supposed accidental death. Good-natured and respected physician Doc Ryan (Roy Barcroft) shows Bill a check made out to and endorsed by Dave as full payment for the mine. But Doc becomes alarmed at Bill's suspicions and orders his henchmen to get rid of him. Red Synder (Bud Geary) picks a fight with Bill by insulting Benton's daughter Joan (Helen Talbot).In the gunfight that follows, Red is killed and through a trick, it is blamed as murder by Bill. He is jailed but escapes and interrupts a meeting between Doc and another secret member of his gang, Trigger Chandler (Kenne Duncan), the town gunsmith.
While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be labeled next-of-kin versions. Republic's offering finds The Duchess (Alice Fleming) and her nephew Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) setting out to pioneer a new stagecoach line through the wild, rough country leading to Desert Springs, a small, isolated town. To ensure the customer base for the new line, they are bringing with them a wagon train of prospective settlers who want land of their own and have the cash to pay for it. Red and the Duchess are unaware that their letter to John Larkin (Bob McKenzie), the hotel owner and land agent in Desert Springs, has been intercepted by Dave McKean (Roy Barcroft) and his henchmen. McKean has intentions of letting Larkin complete the land deals and then he and his gang will steal the money. Arriving in Desert Springs, McKean & Co. are startled to find the town completely deserted (because of a rumored gold strike elsewhere), with signs that all of the citizens pulled out in a hurry. Seeing this as even a better opportunity, McKean sets himself and his men up as the town's officials and await the arrival of the prospective pigeons. An added subplot involves newly-wed Arlie Adams (Linda Stirling), a member of the wagon train, being blackmailed by Lunsford (George J. Lewis) over an earlier scandal and, while she was innocently involved, still doesn't want husband Bob Adams (Jay Kirby) to learn about it.
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island.
Cimarron is a wild town overrun by outlaws. Sunset, who was framed as a cattle rustler, has just been released from prison after 3 years when he winds up in Cimarron. On his first day there, he foils a robbery attempt of the express office and kills 2 of the 3 outlaws. The greatful town makes him sheriff and the next day, he foils another robbery of the gold in the express office. What Sunset does not know is that his brother Ted is the leader of the outlaws and was the one who framed him for the cattle rustling.
When the Sheriff of Las Vegas is killed in a bank holdup, Red Ryder is made the new Sheriff. His first problem arises when the Judge is shot and the Judge's son framed for the murder. Red knows the son is innocent from the type of bullet used and after hiding him from the lynch mob, sets a trap for the man he thinks is behind both the robbery and the murder.
Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. Meredith's sister Barbara, expert with a bullwhip and pistol, dons a black costume and mask and becomes "The Black Whip", dealing a blow to Hammond and his gang each time they perform some heinous act in their efforts to keep the town, and their power over it, unchanged. Aided by government agent Vic Gordon, Barbara confronts Hammond in a final showdown just as the town votes on whether or not to accept statehood.
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