The Dalton Gang
Cast & Crew
In the western town of Rincon, Blackie Mullet, Missouri Ganz and Mac, outlaw brothers formerly known as the Dalton Gang, rob a bank, then kill a U.S. marshal while escaping. On his way to town to investigate the murder, Santa Fe marshal Larry West rescues a man named Joe after he is shot by the gang. Larry accompanies the wounded Joe into town, where he sees a wanted poster calling for the arrest of Navajo chief Irahu, whose braves have been blamed for the gang's crimes. Blackie tells newspaper editor Amos Boling that a marshal has been shot, and Joe agrees to pose as the marshal, while Larry takes the name Rusty Stevens and begins working undercover. Inside his print shop, Amos informs Larry that Blackie, who has taken a job with the Rincon Land and Water Company, has been living in town with his brothers. Then, Amos' assistant, Polly Medford, whose father, a land agent, was murdered by the gang, tells Larry that Irahu is innocent. At the Navajo village, Irahu tells Larry that the gang shot Medford before he could sign the lease for their reservation and framed Irahu for the crime. Convinced of Irahu's innocence, Larry refuses to serve the warrant, then resigns his post. Later, Larry goes to see Rincon Land and Water representative J. J. Gorman, hoping to infiltrate the gang. Mac, who has just returned from Santa Fe, recognizes Larry as the marshal sent to investigate the gang's crimes and dissuades Gorman from hiring him. After Larry leaves, Mac explains that Larry is actually the marshal, so Gorman instructs Missouri to provoke a fight so that he can shoot him in "self-defense." Later, Sheriff Jeb Marvin rides out to serve the warrant on Irahu, and when he returns, Blackie reports that Larry has been arrested for killing Missouri. Larry reveals that he is the real marshal, but when he asks Joe to verify this for the sheriff, he inexplicably refuses. Polly tells Irahu about Larry's imprisonment, and Irahu sends his braves to break him out of jail. After they use their horses to pull the bars out of his cell window, Larry escapes, then tells Amos to find Judge Price, while he sneaks in through Blackie's window at the hotel. At gunpoint, Blackie confesses that the land company wants to steal the reservation because of the watering hole there. Larry then attempts to arrest Blackie and is forced to shoot him when he resists. They go to the judge, where Blackie admits that the company's lease on the reservation is a forgery. The judge writes out warrants for the rest of the gang, and after Larry leaves to get Jeb, Blackie shoots the judge, then goes to the hotel. When Amos and Jeb arrive at the judge's home to get the warrants, they find his corpse. Then, Larry and Jeb enlist the help of Irahu's braves in arresting the gang, who are holed up at the hotel. A shootout begins, the gang surrenders, and everyone except Jeb, Blackie and Larry is shot. After Larry arrests Blackie, he learns that his superior refused to accept his resignation. Larry then proposes to Polly, and she happily accepts.
J. Farrell Macdonald
Robert L. Lippert
The title on the viewed print was The Outlaw Gang, the film's television release title. Ford Beebe's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Ford Beebe." Although he is not credited onscreen as producer, some reviews refer to the picture as "a Donald Barry Production." Hollywood Reporter production charts include Tom Neal and Margia Dean in the cast, but their participation in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Dick Curtis and Stanley Price.