The Vanishing Westerner
Cast & Crew
On the road to Broken Bow, Arizona, outlaw "Sand" Sanderson and his gang rob a stagecoach, then follow the road into town and go to the saloon, after losing their pursuers, Sheriff John Fast and Deputy Jeff Jackson. When Sand, who poses as a respected rancher, meets a saloon patron named Bud Thurber, he convinces Thurber to accompany the gang on their next stagecoach robbery, planning to shoot him so that he will be held accountable for the crime. Bud, Sand and the gang attack another stagecoach, and Bud and the stagecoach driver are shot. Later, unemployed ranch hands Chris Adams and Waldorf Worthington apply for jobs as deputies at the Broken Bow jail. While John is informing them that a payroll shipment is due to arrive on the next stage, Chris and Waldorf notice the picture on the wall behind the sheriff's head. John explains that the picture's subject, his lookalike relation, Sir Cedric, lives in Sussex, England. After the payroll is robbed, Chris and Waldorf try to question Jeff and the rest of the outlaws, but they are grabbed and taken to Sand. Sand searches the men and finds a notice in Chris's pocket stating that he and Waldorf are wanted for murder. Sand then gives Chris a gun he has loaded with blanks and orders him to ride into town and shoot John. Chris enters the jail house, just as an unidentified gunman shoots John through the window. When Chris tries to follow the gunman, Sand apprehends him and returns him to the jail. There, in the street before an angry lynch mob, Sand accuses Chris of killing John. Moments later, Sir Cedric arrives on the stagecoach and when he learns of his cousin's death, immediately begins rallying the mob. Waldorf later sees Jeff and henchman Morton hiding the stolen payroll money in the jail's safe. Jeff convinces Sand to let Chris sneak out of jail so that he can receive a fair trial elsewhere. Jeff sneaks Chris into a wagon, but on their way out of town, they are attacked by an outlaw, who jumps aboard and knocks Jeff from the driver's seat. Meanwhile, another outlaw climbs into the back of the wagon and accidentally spills a jug of naphtha onto a pile of hay. When Jeff and the gang shoot at the wagon, which also contains gunpowder, the sparks ignite the naphtha. The outlaws separate the wagon from the team, and Chris dives to safety just as the wagon explodes off the side of a cliff. Later, Chris gives Waldorf some real bullets for his gun, and they go to the cemetery to exhume John's corpse. Instead of a corpse, however, they find that the coffin is filled with dirt. Later, the gang breaks into the jail house to crack the safe, but are caught by Chris and Waldorf. After Chris explains that Sand is the leader of the gang, he removes Cedric's false beard to reveal John. Chris and Waldorf chase John back to the cemetery, where Chris shoots him. As he dies, John rolls over and falls into his freshly dug grave. Later, Chris and Waldorf are promoted to the rank of special investigator.