Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
Action / Adventure / Western
John Wayne as John Carruthers
Eleanor Hunt as Betty Mason
George 'Gabby' Hayes as Sherrif Jake Withers
Edward Peil Sr. as Malgrove
Yakima Canutt as Danti, the Polka Dot Bandit
Lafe McKee as Dan Mason
George Cleveland as Hank, Innkeeper
Earl Dwire as Henchman
Sherriff Jake has been on the trail of the ‘Polka Dot Bandit’ for some time, and after he witnesses a strange man going through a safe one dark and stormy night, he is sure he has found his man. Jake follows the man to a cabin and makes a move to arrest him when they hear gunfire. The man turns out to be U.S. Marshal John Carruthers, although Jake still has his doubts about him. Together they run to investigate and discover a group of bandits attacking a supply train. The town is slowly being starved out by these bandits, and Carruthers and Jake begin investigating to save the town. It doesn’t take long to realize something is afoot when the head of the town, Malgrove, offers to buy up all the homesteader ’s ranches at the rock bottom price of one hundred dollars apiece. Turns out gold was discovered in the topsoil, and Malgrove and his bandits are trying to cash in. Carruthers and Jake must foil the plot, and find the ‘Polka Dot Bandit’ and save the town.
Notes: George 'Gabby' Hayes is instantly recognizable as Hopalong Cassidy’s curmudgeonly sidekick throughout most of the Hopalong series. Yakima Canutt is a famous stuntman who gets to act in this feature instead of just being John Wayne’s stunt double. Canutt made quite an amazing career out of stuntwork, doubling for John Wayne, Clark Gable and others. His movies include Gone with the Wind , Spartacus and Rio Bravo .