Cast & Crew
When Ben Martin, the chieftain of a gang of bond thieves, is murdered, Brainard, Luke Green and Slade, members of the gang, search Martin's ranch for a half-million dollars in stolen bonds. Along the road to the Martin ranch, FBI agent "Lightning" Bill Carson, who is posing as Sam Brown, meets Ben's niece Margaret when her car overheats. Bill watches as Margaret proceeds to the ranch, and when one of Brainard's men tries to scare her away, Bill comes to her rescue and warns her of danger. The Martin ranch is to be sold at auction to pay for back taxes, and among those interested in buying the property are Bill, Margaret and Brainard. On the day of the auction, Bill ambushes Brainard and, after tying him up, buys the ranch himself. At the ranch house, Margaret confesses to Bill that Martin was her uncle and that he wrote a letter, telling of a valuable portrait in the house. Slade overhears Margaret's conversation and tells Brainard, who then offers to buy the ranch from Bill. When Bill refuses, Brainard orders his men to steal the portrait, but discovers a piece of paper has been removed from the frame. Determined to eliminate Bill, Brainard frames him for Luke's murder, but Bill escapes before the sheriff can jail him. Back at the ranch, Brainard corners Magpie, who is working with Bill, and demands the missing piece of paper. Just as Magpie turns over the paper, Brainard confesses to stealing the bonds. Bill breaks down the door and, after arresting Brainard and his men, reveals that he is an FBI agent sent by the government to recover the missing bonds.
Modern sources add Wally West to the cast and credit Bert Sternbach as assistant director, Marcel Le Picard as cameraman and Holbrook Todd as film editor. This was the last film in the "Lightning Bill Carson" series. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for Lightnin' Bill Carson.