West of the Law


60m 1942

Brief Synopsis

In the 8th (and last) entry in the Scott R. Dunlap-produced "Rough Riders" series for Monogram, the town of Gold Creek is in turmoil due to the hi-jacking of gold. Newspaper editor Rufus Tood (Milburn Morante) is going to publish the fact that a dying miner accused Rand (Harry Woods) and Ludlow (Roy Barcroft) of being his attackers. John Corbett (Jack Daley), the town's leading citizen and Todd's supposed friend, but in reality the man behind the gang, has Todd's presses wrecked. The latter sends for U.S. Marshal Buck Roberts (Buck Jones, in his next to last film), who stops a holdup of miner Ray Mason (Bud McTaggart), carrying gold in a wagon, and brings the wounded Ray to town and secretes the wagon. Marshals Tim McCall (Tim McCoy, in his last series western), posing as a preacher, and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), posing as an undertaker, have also arrived in town. The coffins Sandy brings contain a new printing press for Todd. With the aid of his daughter Julie (Evelyn Cook), Todd puts out an edition naming Rand and Ludlow as crooks and demanding the name of the man behind the crimes. The crooks identify Buck as the man who took the gold wagon from them, and Buck, posing as an outlaw, makes a deal with them to deliver the gold to the ring leader. They have other plans, however.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,116ft

Synopsis

In Gold Creek, newspaper editor Rufus Todd publishes articles about the outlaws who are terrorizing the area with stagecoach robberies and rustling. Rufus shows his daughter, Julie, and his best friend, John Corbett, the first edition of his next paper, which publicly denounces saloon keepers Jim Rand and Ludlow, whom Rufus believes are in charge of the gang. Julie's fiancé Ray then tells them that he has taken a job hauling high grade ore, and will take the remote Eagle's Pass to avoid the robbers. Unknown to Rufus and Ray, John is the mastermind behind the outlaws, and he returns to his gang to inform them of Ray's route. Rand and Ludlow resent the fact that John, who has high grade ore stolen so he can sell it as his own, continues to maintain a facade as a righteous civic leader, while they do the dirty work. That night, Rand and Ludlow follow John's instructions and dynamite Rufus' office, destroying the press and everything therein. As the local law enforcement has been unable to stop the outlaws, Rufus rides to Mesa City to wire for federal marshals. When Ray drives his load over Eagle's Pass, he is attacked by two members of John's gang, but marshal Buck Roberts witnesses the attack and recaptures the wagon. Rufus, meanwhile, makes a speech in the Red Diamond Saloon against Rand and Ludlow, who are prevented from harming him by Colonel Tim McCall, a federal marshal posing as a tough minister. Sandy Hopkins, the third man in the team of marshals known as "The Rough Riders," then comes into the saloon posing as a funeral parlor owner, and rents out a storefront from Rand. Soon after, Buck rides into town with the wounded Ray and takes him into the saloon. While Ray's flesh wound is being treated, Buck tells Rand and Ludlow that he never saw the wagon. Sandy then befriends Rufus and insists that he come to the parlor to look at coffins. In private, Sandy reveals that his coffins contain a printing press and materials so that Rufus can continue to print the news, and after Buck emerges from a coffin, he informs Rufus of their identities. Buck asks Rufus to publish an edition stating that the leader behind Rand and Ludlow will be named in the very next edition. Buck then impersonates notorious outlaw Rocky Saunders, and pretends to "capture" Tim after identifying him as a marshal. Buck intimidates Rand and Ludlow into agreeing to split their proceeds with him, and they take him and Tim to their mine hideout. However, Rand plans to double-cross Buck and take the ore so they will have the upper hand with John. Rand and Ludlow run scared after Rufus distributes his paper, unaware that Tim and Sandy have taken over their hideout. Ray and Julie, meanwhile, observe John's reaction when he reads the paper and realize that Buck's suspicions about him are justified. John then finds Rufus in the funeral parlor and confronts his old friend. Sandy and Tim, meanwhile, ride to Buck's aid, as he has been taken hostage by Rand and Ludlow, who insist that he take them to the stolen wagon. After the gang is rounded up, Buck rushes to town and saves Rufus from John, who is about to kill him. Buck is forced to shoot John in self-defense, and Rufus is saddened by the loss of his friend. After the outlaws are imprisoned, the Rough Riders return home.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,116ft

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Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Bud Osborne, Lynton Brent, Tom London, Eddie Parker, Artie Ortego, Al Ferguson, Augie Gomez, Chick Hannon, Warren Jackson, Foxy O'Callahan and Tex Palmer. For further information on the "Rough Riders" series, consult the Series Index, and see the entry above for Arizona Bound.