Cast & Crew
When Roy Rogers returns to his small Wyoming hometown after a ten-year absence, he learns that a gang of cattle rustlers has been plaguing the local ranchers, including his foster father, "Gabby" Whittaker. Edwards, a Department of Commerce agent, is in charge of the investigation, as the beef was to be sold to the government, and he enlists Roy's help. Roy also discovers that his childhood playmates, Gabby's daughter Sally and his niece Judy, have grown up to be lovely women. Their suitors, ranch hands Red and Bob Nolan, are jealous of the attention the women pay to Roy, and they in turn are jealous of the interest Roy displays in Marian Hardy, the Whittakers' neighbor. Unknown to the other ranchers, Marian and her foreman Ed are behind the rustling, for Marian hates the West and wants enough money to return East for a life of luxury. Because Marian is always included in the ranchers' meetings, she knows their plans and can instruct her men accordingly. Sally and Judy are suspicious that Marian is up to no good, but the men, including Roy and sheriff Jim, are taken in by her beauty and wiles. Because Edwards had instructed Roy to tell no one of his participation in the investigation, Roy's actions seem mysterious, and consequently, Bob begins to suspect that Roy is in with the gang. One evening, at a party hosted by Marian, the ranchers receive word that their cattle are being rustled. Roy and Jim take off together, but when they lose the gang's trail, they split up. Jim accidentally finds where the gang has been taking the cattle and apprehends Chuck, one of Marian's hands. Intending to tell Marian before he formally arrests Chuck, Jim takes him to her ranch, where Ed shoots him in the back. Marian is shocked at Ed's action, but Ed tells her that she is now in too deep to protest. The next day, Jim's body is found near the area where he and Roy were last seen together, and suspicion for his murder falls on Roy. When Roy finds sand in Jim's boots, he suddenly realizes the location of the tunnel the gang has been using to move the cattle. Bob follows him, and when they find another of the Hardy ranch hands, Bob realizes that Roy is not involved with the gang and apologizes. Roy then sends Bob off to get the other ranchers while he goes to warn Marian about her men's activities. After Ed fails in an attempt to kill him, Roy is threatened by Marian herself, and he finally deduces that she is the head of the gang. She escapes as the other hands surround Roy, however, and is on her way out of town when Sally and Judy find her. As Sally and Judy subdue Marian, the ranchers arrive in time to rescue Roy. Soon all of the wrongdoers are behind bars, and Roy decides to stay in town to court Judy.
Modern sources include Chick Hannon and Art Dillard in the cast.