Cast & Crew
Johnny Mack Brown
Wells Fargo Express agent Dan Baxter, his girl friend, Jane Simms, and her father, miner Bill Simms, are all residents of Goldville, which is being terrorized by a gang of bandits. At the Goldville Saloon, saloon keeper Ace Benton buys a round of drinks for everyone after he ruthlessly shoots a man who accuses him of cheating at cards. Afterward, the bandits, led by Durkin, secretly bring Benton the loot from their most recent robbery. Benton knows that a railroad plans to build tracks through town and will be paying a premium price for land, and plans to terrorize local residents into fleeing so that he can purchase their property inexpensively. Later, U.S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins rides into town dressed as an undertaker, but everyone thinks he is a parson. When he tries to make an announcement in the saloon, Sandy is humiliated by Benton's men until his partner, Nevada, who is also working undercover, comes to his aid. Nevada later introduces himself to Sandy's newfound friends, Jane Simms and Mary Daily, chairwoman of the Ladies' Aid, as Jack McKenzie, and they invite him a party they are throwing for their new parson. Benton orders his thug Joe to follow Nevada, but Nevada captures Joe and leaves him in the desert without his boots or his horse. When Sandy learns that Bill will lose his mine unless his shipment of bullion reaches the mint, Sandy offers to guard the next express driven by Dan. Their plans are overheard by one of Benton's men, who reports back to him. Joe, meanwhile, finally returns to town, and Nevada eavesdrops on his conversation with Benton, who believes that Nevada is a railroad agent. While Sandy and Nevada are at the party that night, Benton trys to buy Ben Daily's property. Ben has learned about the railroad and accuses Benton of trying to cheat him. When Ben is later shot by Benton's gang in front of Bill's home, Nevada and Sandy chase the gang to a secret hideout. There, Nevada is captured, but when he pretends to want to join Benton, he is left unharmed. Sandy, meanwhile, returns to town to join Dan on his delivery run. After the gang leaves to intercept the stagecoach, Nevada outwits his guard and escapes. Nevada catches up to the stagecoach and helps defend it against attack, then he and Sandy take the outlaws hostage. After informing Dan that they are U.S. Marshals, Nevada rides back to town, but fails to intercept the one bandit who got away. Benton, meanwhile, takes Bill hostage just after he signs some papers selling his house. Forewarned about Nevada's return, Benton clears out the saloon to prepare for a gunfight. Jane is worried about her father's apparent disappearance, and confides in Nevada, who meets the stagecoach and tells them to ride back to town with Durkin in the front seat. Benton's men fire at the stagecoach as it pulls up, but Durkin calls out for them to stop, which diverts Benton's attention from the fact that Sandy and Nevada have sneaked into the saloon. The marshals then arrest Benton and his men, and free Bill.
Johnny Mack Brown
L. W. Brent
For more information on the "Nevada McKenzie" series, consult the Series Index and for The Ghost Rider.