Cast & Crew
In 1885, the citizens of Redwood County are thrilled by the discovery of a rare and valuable vein of molybdenum, a mineral vital in the making of steel. Banker William Stoner owns the mine, and his partner, greedy lawyer Sam Ballard, pushes him to extremes in his effort to increase profits, which they have no intention of sharing with the unsuspecting townsfolk. Complications for the crooks arise as the mine tunnel runs underneath ranch land belonging to Steve Clayton, who refuses to sell his land despite the intimidation tactics of Garvey, Stoner and Ballard's henchman. The worried Clayton investigates the mine, but is shot by Garvey's cohort, Yager. Clayton's foreman, Jack Adams, and his pal, Wildcat Higgens, arrive in time to fight off the attackers, but Clayton dies as he is warning Jack to be wary of Garvey. After comforting Clayton's sister Ruth and young daughter Twinkle, Jack goes to town to question Stoner and Ballard about the mine operation. The two men agree to let Jack look around, then arrange for Garvey and his minions to ambush him. Jack and Wildcat successfully defend themselves, but back in town, the grieving Ruth angrily accuses Stoner of being involved in her brother's death. When Jack and Wildcat return to town, they get into a fistfight with Garvey and Yager, which ends only when Sheriff Gibson arrests all of them except for the unconscious Garvey. In the jail, Jack persuades Yager to disclose the name of the gang's leaders, but before Yager can talk, he is shot by the unseen Garvey. Jack convinces the sheriff to deputize him, and once free, Jack and Wildcat set off to search for evidence. Meanwhile, Ballard sends Ruth a note, purportedly from Stoner, asking her to meet the banker in town. Before Ruth arrives, however, Ballard shoots his partner, with whom he does not want to share the mine's profits, then frames Ruth for the crime. The sheriff orders Jack to arrest Ruth, who has run away, and Ballard, who is also the territory's acting judge, promises to grant her bail. After convincing Ruth that she must return to prove her innocence, Jack takes her to town, but Ballard double-crosses them and orders Ruth jailed. Back at the Clayton ranch, Garvey serves Jack with an eviction notice. Determined to uncover the truth, Jack and Wildcat ride to the mine and there discover that the tunnel goes under the Claytons' property. When the mine sentry reports to Ballard, he has Ruth released to his custody, then uses her as bait to prepare an ambush for Jack and Wildcat at the ranch. Garvey is shot during the fray as Ruth bravely helps Jack and Wildcat defend themselves, and Ballard falls off a cliff to his death during a fight with Jack. Later, Ruth, who has been placed in charge of the mine, shares a laugh with Jack and Twinkle when the boastful Wildcat tumbles off a ladder.
Ed Peil Sr.
The working title of this film was Red Gulch Renegades. Modern sources include Frank O'Connor and Horace B. Carpenter in the cast.