The Silver Bullet
Cast & Crew
B. B. Ray
While traveling to his new gold mine, prospector Tom Henderson arrives in the town of Chico in time to stop a group of outlaws from intimidating general store owner Nora Kane. After outlaw leader Slim Walker "shoots up" a citizen's "indignation meeting," Tom is asked by Dad Kane, Nora's father, who, though blind, is the mayor of Chico, to become sheriff. Outraged by Slim's violence, Tom accepts the position and, following a tense showdown in a saloon, arrests Slim. Tom makes laudatory headlines in Chico's newspaper and then receives a telephone call from the county clerk's office informing him that he is entitled to a $1,000 reward for capturing Slim. The clerk also tells him that the marshal and a posse will be coming to Chico to pick up Slim the next morning. After he prevents a mob of townspeople from lynching Slim, however, Tom is telephoned by a man posing as the county clerk, who tells him that, as a precaution, the posse will be arriving in Chico that night. While Tom is attending a party at the Kanes', Slim's men plot to impersonate the marshal's posse and free Slim in time to participate in a "big job" that their "boss," an unidentified townsman, has planned. At the jail, Tom is ambushed by Slim's gang, who then free Slim and rob Luke Hargrave's bank. After the robbery, Luke accuses Tom of conspiracy and turns the town against him. Alone, Tom rides after Slim's gang and engages in a hillside shootout with one of the outlaws. Trapped and out of ammunition, Tom uses a silver bullet that Nora had given him as a good-luck charm and wounds the outlaw, who identifies Luke as the gang's mastermind. Luke then shoots and kills the outlaw, and Dad Kane announces that, from the sound of his voice, he has recognized the dead outlaw as the man who had killed his wife and blinded him years before. With his $1,000 reward check in hand, Tom then proposes to Nora.
B. B. Ray
Although the viewed print included a copyright statement, the title was not found in copyright records. Modern sources add Blackie Whiteford (Henchman), Hank Bell, Nelson McDowell, Robert Brower, Allen Greer, Tom Smith, Tex Palmer, Fern Emmett, Jack Evans and Murray Horn to the cast and credit director Harry S. Webb as associate producer. For more information on the Tom Tyler/Reliable series of Westerns, for Ridin' Thru. A modern source states that Hal Taliaferro was credited on this film under the name Walt Williams.