Raiders of Tomahawk Creek
Cast & Crew
Fred F. Sears
While out riding on their ranch, young Billy Calhoun and his brother Jeff become alert when they spot a group of Indians, but relax when they notice that Randolph Dike, the Indian agent, is with them. Dike tells the brothers that he has been fired from his job for excessive drinking and then introduces them to the new agent, Steve Blake, who also masquerades as the masked avenger The Durango Kid. Steve mentions that Jeff's ranch is partly on Indian territory, but Jeff indignantly proclaims his intention to remain where he is. Then Chief Flying Arrow calls attention to Jeff's ring, which he calls an "evil-way" ring. Making peace, Steve offers to find Jeff a comparable piece of land on the other side of Tomahawk Creek. Later, Jeff is murdered with a medicine man's tomahawk, and Steve, who is called to investigate, notices that Jeff's distinctive ring is missing. Dike brings the bereft Billy to stay with Steve's friend, Smiley Burnette. Later, the sheriff tells Steve that two weeks earlier, a rancher named Holt Clayton was also killed with a tomahawk. He suspects that Indians are responsible for the murders, but Steve is not convinced. Then Smiley, who has just completed a course in detective work, offers his services to Steve. Steve decides to question Janet Clayton, the murdered man's daughter, but on his way out to the ranch, he is stopped by a rancher named Saunders, who warns him to keep the Indians out of the area. At the ranch, Janet reveals that her father also had a silver ring like Jeff's, which was given to him by an old prospector named Pete Barker. She adds that both her father and Jeff had helped Pete at different times. Steve shows her the silver ring that he wears, which Pete sent to him in Texas in return for certain favors. Later, Smiley and Billy spy on the Indians, who chase them away. They are rescued from the Indians by Steve, disguised as The Durango Kid. Steve later questions Chief Flying Arrow about the rings, but Flying Arrow insists that Indians are not responsible for the murders. He reveals that after the tribe's medicine man made five rings for Pete, he was tortured to death and that is why the rings are "evil." Flying Arrow suggests that Dike may know more about the rings. When Steve questions him, however, Dike claims to know nothing. Later, Smiley remembers that Luke Alker was wearing a similar ring and asks Dike to convey that information to Steve. Instead, Dike orders Saunders to kill Alker and steal his ring. Later, pointing to the ring that Steve wears, Dike convinces the sheriff that Steve is the killer, and he is arrested. The next day, while the sheriff is holding a hearing, Saunders tries to steal Steve's ring, but finds the box in which it is stored empty, because Smiley, determined to solve the mystery, had previously stolen it. Later, Billy and Smiley are caught spying on Dike and his henchmen. Saunders notices that Smiley is wearing Steve's ring, but while he tries to remove it, Billy escapes and summons The Durango Kid. After a shoot out, Steve, dressed as The Durango Kid, shows Flying Arrow the five rings and learns that when put together, they give directions to a silver mine on Indian land.
Fred F. Sears
For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid.