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World War II veterans brave the Philippine jungle in search of buried gold.
A singing race-car driver has to choose among three amorous females.
Immediately following the Civil War, former Confederate cavaly captain Gene Autry (Gene Autry), now a sergeant in the Union Army, is assigend to help break up Indian raids on the frontier. While working with a scout, Shadrach Jones (Pat Buttram), Gene tangles with and is forced to lick Lt. Randolph Mason (Kirby Grant), who is in love with Melody Colton (Gail Davis, in the 3rd of her 14 films with Autry), daughter of rancher Jim Colton (G. Pat Collins as Pat Collins). Gene manages to forestall one Indian raid, fails to stop another one but does stop the gun-running activities of Curt Raidler (Philip van Zandt) and the Apache Kid (James Griffith).
Welcome to Chirpendale. There's plenty of parking space, plus it has everything: a bar where bird citizens can drink junebug sundaes and listen to jazzy music. But the bird citizens are terrorized by an evil raven called "The Black Menace", but a pluck young bird named Bill Singer, who's a taxi driver by day, comes to the aid of a damsel in distress, Coo, who's trapped in a fire. And soon the circus comes to town, Bill and Coo get box perches and witness ferocious feats and even laugh along with Cannonball Twitcher on an out of control motorcycle! But soon The Black Menace returns, and Bill and the rest of the citizens put together a plan to put him away for good.
Gene is out to help a crippled jockey when a wild stallion runs away with the speedy mare he plans for the jockey to ride, so Gene takes off in an airplane to bring them back.
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.
Sunset Carson, ace driver for the Harding Stagecoach Line, persuades his boss Frank Harding (Edmund Cobb) to hire his brother, Jeff (Bob Steele), recently released from the penitentiary. Sunset isn't aware that Jeff owes his release to Marc Redmond (Tristram Coffin), owner of the rival line, and that Redmond is forcing Jeff to give him advance information when the Harding stages are carrying valuable shipments, so that his henchmen can rob the stage and force Harding out of business.
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.
Gabby's ranch for wayward boys is in financial trouble. One of his boys, Chip is hiding stolen money sent by his father the outlaw leader King Blaine. After Blaine is killed, Chip decides to pay off Gabby's debt with this money, but trouble arises when the remaining gang members arrive looking for the loot.
Lambert has the stagecoach wrecked killing the Commissioner so his phoney replacement can alter Coonskin's land survey. When Red Ryder exposes the survey hoax, Lambert has his stooge Sheriff put Red in jail.
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.
The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), the aunt of Red Ryder (Allan Lane), comes to town to protect her property. Crawford (Barton MacLane), a town big-shot behind an outlaw gang, tries to prevent her from reaching her destination, but the attack is thwarted by Red. The latter is made town marshal, and when he gets too close to the truth and is making it too hot for the Crawford faction, Crawford has his henchman Luke (Dick Curtis) kidnap Red's Indian friend Little Beaver (Bobby Blake).
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.
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.
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.
Duke is the leader of a gang of border bandits. When Marshal Brady is sent to investigate, he is shot. Found by Tom and sidekick Lopez, Tom gets Brady to make him his deputy. Duke makes Tom Sheriff and Tom sets a trap to capture the gang. But Duke is suspicious and changes plans and Tom quickly finds himself Duke's prisoner.
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