Cast & Crew
After saving Carry-All Roach, a traveling notions and trinket seller, and his young grandson Bud from the molestations of the brutish Chet Jarvis, cowboy Dick Barstow invites the duo to spend the night on his horse farm. Before departing the next day, Carry-All gives Dick, who is in debt to the father of his girl friend, Jean Morgan, a $1,500 loan. While horse hunting later that day, Dick discovers Carry-All's slain body and the unconscious body of Bud. Although Dick immediately reports the murder to the sheriff and nurses Bud, the sheriff suspects him of the crime, as he is unable to verify Carry-All's loan. The sheriff orders Dick to ride to town with him, but using his superior riding skills, Dick eludes the sheriff and his posse and becomes a fugitive. Sure that Dick will return to his horse farm, where the now orphaned Bud is living, the sheriff sends his deputy, Lem, to stand guard there. Bud outsmarts the slow-witted deputy and meets Dick, who instructs him to prepare a pack of food and meet up with him the next evening. Before Dick's return, Jarvis shows up at the farm, claiming that he has been appointed Bud's legal guardian and demanding custody of the boy. As the sheriff and his posse watch the house, Dick sneaks into the kitchen and, after explaining himself to Jean, puts his hat on Lem and escapes once again. At the murder site, Dick finds a stray boot tap, which he eventually identifies as belonging to Jarvis. Dick then breaks into Jarvis' hotel room and finds Carry-All's empty wallet. Armed with this evidence, Dick slips back to his farm, where Jarvis and Morgan are auctioning off his horses. While hiding in a wagon, Dick catches Bud's attention and asks him to match the tap to Jarvis' boot. When Bud finally executes the match, Dick leaps from the wagon and accuses Jarvis of Carry-All's murder. Dick then tells the sheriff about a war medal that Carry-All carried in his wallet, and Bud screams that Jarvis has the medal in his pocket. Before he is searched, Jarvis flees the farm, but is pursued and captured by Dick, who as a vindicated man, declares his permanent partnership with Bud and Jean.
According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, scenes for this film were shot in Kernville, CA. The news item lists the film's title as Pardners.