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While traveling to visit Jefferson Lee, whom he hasn't seen in fifteen years, Gene Autry is thrown from a train by escaped murderer Wolf Benson. Believing Gene is dead, Wolf plans to collect the $10,000 which Gene lent to Lee by posing as the radio celebrity. After being rescued by traveling actors Frog Millhouse and Professor Daniels, Gene arrives in Sage City and is choked by Sheriff Briggs, who believes he is Wolf. Arrested for Wolf's crimes, but unable to sing to prove his identity, Gene mouths the words to his songs while a phonograph plays as a jury of his fans listens, and he is released. Meanwhile, Wolf arrives at Lee's Mineral Springs Ranch as Gene and asks for his money back. Knowing he is an impostor, Lee refuses to give him the money and Wolf shoots him and robs his safe. While on his way to Mineral Springs, Gene finds a posted reward for Gene Autry, the murderer of Jefferson Lee, and meets Lee's niece Mary Ann, who is riding with Flash Baldwin, Wolf's accomplice. Recognizing his own suit on Baldwin, Gene poses as Tex Smith and offers to perform at the Lee ranch in place of Gene. After finding his suitcase in Baldwin's room, Gene overhears Wolf's scheme to rob the ranch safe, but Baldwin recognizes Gene's voice by playing his record while he sings. The next day, while the guests picnic, Wolf and his men crack the ranch safe and Gene pulls a gun on them. When Briggs and his posse arrive with Frog and Daniels, Briggs arrests Gene, instead of Wolf, still believing Gene killed Lee. While the posse locates Mary Ann to implicate Wolf, he deserts his men and Gene overtakes him in his car. Mary Ann then testifies to Gene's innocence and they kiss.